Navigation Links
NSF, NIH award Ecology of Infectious Disease grants
Date:9/18/2008

Unprecedented changes in biodiversity have coincided with the emergence and re-emergence of infectious diseases around the world.

To address this problem, the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have announced $16 million in funding for eight projects under the Ecology of Infectious Diseases (EID) program, a multi-year, joint-agency effort now in its ninth year of funding.

"In a time of rapid global change, the one certainty is that emerging infectious diseases will be more common," said James Collins, NSF assistant director for biological sciences. "These new EID research awards will support the basic studies needed to predict the timing and severity of the emergence and spread of these diseases."

NSF's contribution to the EID program is from its Directorates for Biological Sciences; Geosciences; and Social, Behavioral & Economic Sciences.

Interdisciplinary projects funded through the EID program will study how large-scale environmental events -- such as climate change, habitat destruction, biological invasions, pollution and a variety of interventions -- alter the risks of viral, parasitic and bacterial diseases in humans and animals.

"Ecological studies of infectious diseases are beginning to move from basic science to translational research," said Joshua Rosenthal, EID program director at NIH's Fogarty International Center. "The results will help us to better manage these diseases."

The studies will contribute knowledge and analytical tools that will help public-health officials, wildlife managers, farmers and others to control the spread of diseases among humans, domestic and wild animals, and crops, say EID scientists.

This year's awards support research on:

  • Bacterial pathogens and human infectious diseases in an estuary subjected to extreme climatic events (Rachel Noble, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill);

  • Virulence trade-offs in a vertebrate virus--infectious haematopoietic necrosis (IHN)--a disease of salmon and trout (Benjamin Kerr, University of Washington);

  • Agricultural antibiotics and human health, using a multi-scale ecological approach to the development and spread of antibiotic resistance (Joseph Eisenberg, University of Michigan);

  • Environmental determinants favorable for the presence and transmission of vibrios, bacteria typically found in saltwater and important human pathogens (Crystal Johnson, University of Southern Mississippi);

  • Eco-epidemiology of West Nile virus emergence in urban areas (Tony Goldberg, University of Wisconsin at Madison);

  • "Immune landscapes" of human influenza in households, towns and cities of southern China (Derek Cummings, Johns Hopkins University);

  • Ecology, emergence and pandemic potential of Nipah virus, a virus harbored in fruit bats, in Bangladesh (Peter Daszak, Center for Conservation Medicine);

  • Ecology of anaplasmosis, a tick-borne disease in cattle, and the relationship of disease reservoirs, risk and incidence (Felicia Keesing, Bard College).

The coincidence of broad-scale environmental changes and the emergence of infectious diseases points to underlying and predictable ecological relationships, said Rosenthal.

"The EID program links these components to produce a comprehensive understanding of disease transmission," he said.

Potential benefits of the EID program include development of more advanced disease transmission theory; improved understanding of unintended health effects of development projects; increased capacity to forecast outbreaks; and better comprehension of how diseases emerge and re-emerge.


'/>"/>

Contact: Cheryl Dybas
cdybas@nsf.gov
703-292-7734
National Science Foundation
Source:Eurekalert  

Related biology news :

1. Elsevier congratulates its British Medical Association Award winning medical authors and editors
2. FAS honors Mark D. Levine with 2008 Public Service Award
3. NIH EUREKA grant awarded to University of Miami scientist
4. Burnham researcher awarded $8 million grant
5. MGH researcher Gary Ruvkun named a co-recipient of the Lasker Award
6. USGS Coalition to honor Reps. Dicks, Regula with Leadership Award
7. Annual C4ISR Integrated Conference and Big 25 Awards Banquet
8. NSF awards two grants to Stevens for nano/micro device fabrication and nano sensor development
9. Johnson & Johnson honors 2008 recipients of the Dr. Paul Janssen Award for Biomedical Research
10. Childrens National researcher receives ACCP Distinguished Investigator Award
11. Biophysical Society names 2009 award recipients
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
NSF, NIH award Ecology of Infectious Disease grants
(Date:3/23/2016)... , March 23, 2016 ... erhöhter Sicherheit Gesichts- und Stimmerkennung mit Passwörtern ... (NASDAQ: MESG ), ein führender ... das Unternehmen mit SpeechPro zusammenarbeitet, um erstmals ... Finanzdienstleistungsbranche, wird die Möglichkeit angeboten, im Rahmen ...
(Date:3/17/2016)... March 17, 2016 ABI Research, the ... the global biometrics market will reach more than ... increase from 2015. Consumer electronics, particularly smartphones, continue ... sensors anticipated to reach two billion shipments by ... Dimitrios Pavlakis , Research Analyst at ABI Research. ...
(Date:3/11/2016)... 11, 2016 http://www.apimages.com ) - --> ... is available at AP Images ( http://www.apimages.com ) - ... used to produce the new refugee identity cards. DERMALOG will be ... CeBIT in Hanover next week.   --> ... be used to produce the new refugee identity cards. DERMALOG will ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:4/26/2016)... ... 2016 , ... The European Patent Office (EPO) today announced that ... for the European Inventor Award 2016 in the category "Non-European countries." The winners of ... ceremony in Lisbon on June 9th. , The human capacity to walk with fluidity ...
(Date:4/26/2016)... ... , ... Mr. Palmer created the RPO business for Ceridian and lead the ... services contract in the U.S. intelligence community with The SI (a Lockheed Martin divestiture). ... founder of Accolo. “We are growing and his experience guiding our expansion is ...
(Date:4/26/2016)... Frederick, MD (PRWEB) , ... April 26, 2016 , ... ... of a $1.8M Series A round of financing. Healthy investor interest drove significant ... a portfolio of generic biologics, known as biosimilars, to the advanced preclinical stages. , ...
(Date:4/26/2016)... , VIENNA and ... -- The prize recognizes the innovation ... revolutionary innovations that will benefit patients and laboratory ... ) , Norma Instruments ... trend setting products in the field of hematology, ...
Breaking Biology Technology: