Forum on Avian Reservoirs of Human Pathogens
Friday, April 21, 2006
Yale School of Medicine
The threat from animal pathogens transmissible to humans is at an unprecedented increase worldwide. In the US, epidemics of Lyme disease, West Nile virus, and now the potential for pandemic avian influenza have revealed critical weaknesses in our knowledge of how these diseases emerge, spread, and are maintained in nature. Microbial pathogens transmitted from birds to humans, either directly or through intermediate vectors (ticks and mosquitoes), are of particular concern because birds are ubiquitous, locally abundant, and can move pathogens over long distances quickly. The involvement of birds in public health threats to humans poses significant management dilemmas for wildlife biologists and human disease epidemiologists that are infrequently addressed together.
The objective of this interdisciplinary forum is to provide an opportunity for cross-fertilization among the disciplines of microbiology, ornithology, entomology, epidemiology, and conservation biology in order to identify needs for advancing efforts to understand and mitigate disease risk caused by microbial pathogens humans share with avian wildlife.
Nine presentations are planned for this one day event. Each presentation will be followed by a question and discussion period with audience participation. Admission to the Forum is free and open to the Yale community and the public.
This forum is sponsored by the Yale Institute for Biospheric Studies Center for EcoEpidemiology and is part of a series of interdisciplinary forums intended to bridge the intellectual gap between the natural and medical sciences in order to address critical common issues. A Forum on Climate and Disease was held in December 2005 and a Forum on Biodiversity and Human Health is planned for next fall.
To view video of talks, click on the titles below.
Morning Session 8:30 am to 12:00 pm
AVIAN RESERVOIRS OF WEST NILE VIRUS
AVIAN ZOONOSES IN EUROPE
BIRDS AND LYME DISEASE
Afternoon Session 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm
AVIAN HOSTS OF MOSQUITO VECTORS
AVIAN SENTINELS FOR ARBOVIRUSES
MONITORING BIRD POPULATIONS
MIGRATORY CONNECTIVITY AND MOVEMENT OF AVIAN DISEASE
AVIAN INFLUENZA AND WILDLIFE CONSERVATION: