Navigation Links
NIH fellowship recipient to study disease ecology
Date:9/25/2009

Blacksburg, Va. Camille Harris of Ridgeland, Mississippi, a graduate student in biological sciences at Virginia Tech, has been awarded a National Institutes of Health (NIH) Graduate Research Fellowship for her study of forest disturbance and its ecological impacts on LaCrosse Virus, a mosquito-borne disease that can cause seizures, coma, paralysis, and permanent brain damage in severe cases.

Harris, a wildlife veterinarian, is pursuing her doctoral degree. The award from the NIH's National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, is a two-year, $30,000 fellowship for Harris to study habitat disturbance, disease ecology, and the role of invasive species in transmission of the virus.

During an average year, about 75 cases of LaCrosse encephalitis (LAC) are reported to the Centers for Disease Control. Most cases occur in children under the age of 16. LAC virus is a pathogen cycled between the daytime-biting treehole mosquito and vertebrate hosts such as chipmunks and tree squirrels in deciduous forest habitats.

"As a clinical wildlife veterinarian, I recognize the need for a one-medicine approach to zoonotic and emerging infectious disease," Harris said. "This approach is at the nexus of the fields of human health, animal health, and ecosystem health." Zoonotics is the study of diseases that can be transmitted from other vertebrate animals to humans.

Her research is titled "Ecological Impacts of Forest Disturbance on Lacrosse Virus Dynamics."

Harris is advised by biological sciences assistant professor Dana Hawley. "Camille's research is unusually compelling because she is using experimentally logged forest plots to examine the effects of habitat on disease vector distributions," Hawley said.

Past studies have made broad links between habitat change and disease dynamics, but the underlying mechanisms are usually unknown. Camille is studying how logging alone influences mosquito vector distributions and resulting disease dynamics."

Harris earned a master's of science and a doctorate of veterinary medicine at Mississippi State University. Once she completes her Ph.D., Harris plans to pursue postdoctoral training in disease ecology.


'/>"/>

Contact: Catherine Doss
cdoss@vt.edu
540-231-5035
Virginia Tech
Source:Eurekalert  

Related biology news :

1. ASPB announces Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship 2007 recipients
2. UC Riverside biologist receives prestigious MacArthur Fellowship
3. Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation awards prestigious fellowships to 17 top young investigators
4. Pew Institute for Ocean Science awards 5 fellowships in support of global marine conservation
5. 2008 Pew Fellowship in marine conservation awarded to UM Rosenstiels Dr. Andrew Baker
6. Dr. Andrew Constable awarded 2008 Pew Fellowship in marine conservation
7. 2008 Pew Fellowship in Marine Conservation awarded to Dr. Ussif Rashid Sumaila
8. 2008 Pew Fellowship in Marine Conservation awarded to Fan Meng; first Chinese fellow
9. 2008 Pew Fellowship in Marine Conservation awarded to Dr. Marie-Joëlle Rochet from IFREMER
10. Peter J. McGuire, MB BCh, is awarded the 2008-2009 Genzyme/ACMGF Clinical Genetics Fellowship
11. Monell scientist Mark Friedman awarded Guggenheim Fellowship to study diet and obesity
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
NIH fellowship recipient to study disease ecology
(Date:1/11/2017)... 11, 2017 Intoxalock, a leading ignition interlock ... of its patent-pending calibration device. With this new technology, ... securely upload data logs and process repairs at service ... "Fighting drunk driving through the application of cutting-edge ... large, but also for the customer who can get ...
(Date:1/6/2017)...  Delta ID Inc., a leader in consumer-grade iris ... at CES® 2017. Delta ID has collaborated with Gentex ... use of iris scanning as a secure, reliable and ... a car, and as a way to elevate the ... Delta ID and Gentex will demonstrate (booth #7326 LVCC) ...
(Date:12/22/2016)... , Dec. 20, 2016  As part of its longstanding ... leading personal genetics company, recently released its latest children,s book, ... The book focuses on the topics of inheritance and variation ... Standards (NGSS) taught in elementary school classrooms in the US. ... series by illustrator Ariana Killoran , whose previous book ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:1/23/2017)... ... 2017 , ... AxioMed will be presenting its viscoelastic cervical ... Montego Bay, Jamaica from January 26-28th. “We’re excited to be presenting the benefits ... the simplicity of the surgical technique,” said Jake Lubinski, President of AxioMed. ...
(Date:1/21/2017)... ... 20, 2017 , ... G&L Scientific Inc, a leading provider ... ), has announced the opening of new offices in Cambridge, Massachusetts, strengthening and ... This is the latest step in G&L’s expansion of its global clinical consulting ...
(Date:1/21/2017)... CA (PRWEB) , ... January 21, 2017 , ... ... our ongoing endeavors to bring to market a pioneering medical device for the ... has signed an engagement contract with Emergo, a global regulatory consultancy that helps ...
(Date:1/21/2017)... BOULDER, Colo. , Jan. 20, 2017 ... ("Bioptix" or the "Company"), announced that on January 14, ... a plan under which the Company will terminate certain ... subsidiary, Bioptix Diagnostics, Inc.  The Company commenced terminations on ... completed within 30 days.  The Company may pay severance ...
Breaking Biology Technology: