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Expert Symposium to Examine the Complex Relationships Among Climate, Environment, and Infectious Diseases

Climate change combined with increased global mobility is resulting in previously unforeseen evolution of newly emerging infectious diseases worldwide.

Published February 09, 2010

The New York Academy of Sciences will host "Emerging Infectious Diseases in Response to Climate Change," a day-long symposium on March 2, 2010. Experts in climate change, climate policy, emerging infectious diseases, epidemiology, and public health will discuss the pressing issues facing the community as ecosystem instability results in changes in pathogen prevalence, altered pathogen transmission profiles, and increased host susceptibility.

Climate change combined with increased global mobility is resulting in previously unforeseen evolution of newly emerging infectious diseases worldwide, reemergence of diseases previously under control, and redistribution of diseases across the planet. Speakers will examine the complex relationships among climate, environment, and infectious diseases, and explore possible solutions that can be instituted to protect the health of humans, livestock, wildlife, and marine systems.

WHO: Speakers
Barbara Bentz, Research Entomologist, U.S. Forest Service
Jerry Keusch, Professor, International Health, Boston University School of Public Health
John Malone, Professor, Veterinary Parasitology, Louisiana State University
Stephen Morse, Professor of Clinical Epidemiology, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University
Richard Ostfeld, Disease Ecologist, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies
Madeleine Thomson, Senior Research Scientist, The International Research Institute for Climate and Society, Columbia University
Gavin Schmidt, Climatologist, NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies
Adam Sparks, Department of Plant Pathology, Kansas State University

WHEN: Tuesday, March 2, 2010 | 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM. Networking reception will follow

WHERE: The New York Academy of Sciences
7 World Trade Center, 250 Greenwich St., 40th floor

Register and see speaker biographies at

The New York Academy of Sciences is an independent, not-for-profit organization committed to advancing science, technology, and society worldwide since 1817. With 24,000 members in 140 countries, NYAS is creating a global community of science for the benefit of humanity. NYAS' core mission is to advance scientific knowledge, positively impact the major global challenges of society with science-based solutions, and increase the number of scientifically informed individuals in society at large.