Conference:  Local Infections and Hierarchies of Disease Persistence


Wednesday, May 18    Best Western University Inn
7:00 – 10:00 PM – Social at the Best Western University Inn, 914 S. College Ave.  (meeting registration),


Thursday, May 19   104 Yates Hall
8:00 – 8:30 AM – Late registration
8:30     Introduction: Mike Antolin (Colorado State): “Infect Locally, Persist Globally” 

9:00 – 12:00 PM   Metapopulations and persistence

  • Overview:  Peter Thrall (CSIRO – Australia)  “Through space and time: the ecological genetics of host-pathogen interactions in natural systems”
  • Chris Brooks (Colorado State: Antolin/Webb lab)  “Multiple modes of transmission in a plague-prairie dog metapopulation”
  • Cheryl Briggs (Berkeley)  “Investigating persistence of a chytrid fungal disease of amphibians”
  • Discussion & Synthesis

12:00 – 1:30 PM   Lunch on the lawn 

1:30 – 4:30 PM  Superspreaders & Disease

  • Overview: Pete Hudson (Penn State)
  • Lauren Ancel-Meyers (UT Austin)  “Contact network epidemiology: How human interactions influence the spread and control of respiratory diseases”
  • Dhruba Naug (Colorado State)  “Transmission dynamics in a social network: The honey bee colony as a model for experimental epidemiology”
  • Isabella Catedori/Sara Perkins (Penn State)  “Superspreaders: The superwomen effect”
  • James Lloyd-Smith and Wayne Getz (UC Berkeley)  “Spread of disease in heterogeneous populations”
  • Discussion & Synthesis

5:00 – 8:00 PM   Posters, refreshments & heavy snacks  Best Western University Inn


Friday, May 20  104 Yates Hall

9:00 – 12:00 AM  Immune responses

  • Overview: Mary Poss (Montana)
  • Andrea Graham (Edinburgh) "Cytokines: host molecules with the power to make or break parasite transmission"
  • Tonie Rocke (USGS Health Lab – Madison)  "Vertebrate host response to plague infection"
  • Marc Lipsitch (Harvard) “"What would be needed for a grand unified theory of antigenic diversity?  Experimental and population-biological approaches to Streptococcus pneumoniae as a model system"
  • Laura Mydlarz (Cornell) "Aspergillosis of sea fans - Exploring the relationship between environmental facilitators and host susceptibility"
  • Katia Koelle (Michigan) “Immunity-driven serotype cycling in cholera dynamics”
  • Discussion & Synthesis

12:00 – 1:30 PM – Lunch on your own 

1:30 – 4:30 – Synthesis and Future Directions in Disease Ecology & Evolution

  • Panel: 
    • Les Real (Emory), Ottar Bjornstad (Penn State), Mike Antolin (Colorado State), Mary Poss (Montana), David Smith (NIH)
  • Discussion: 
    • Roman Biek (Emory: Real lab), Chris Brooks (Colorado State: Antolin/Webb lab), Dylan George (Colorado State: PRIMES and Webb lab)

6:00 Evening Banquet  Lawn East Side of Anatomy/Zoology Building


Saturday, May 21

9:00AM – 8:00 PM – Hiking at Pingree Park and general camaraderie.

                                    Meet on South Side of Anatomy/Zoology Building