April 1, 2008


The 2008 AIBS annual meeting, to be held 12–13 May, will explore the theme of climate, environment, and infectious diseases. Relationships among climate, the environment, and human health are manifested in infectious disease patterns, notably seasonality. Vector-borne diseases, such as malaria, dengue, avian influenza, and SARS, are known to be closely linked to the environment and, more recently, to climate. Investigators in the United States and abroad have studied interactions among climate, climate change, and the environment extensively, and the AIBS annual meeting will address these issues.

The meeting will take place at the Westin Arlington Gateway hotel in Arlington, Virginia. The program chair is 2008 AIBS President Rita Colwell, of the University of Maryland at College Park. Registration and poster submission forms are online at www.aibs.org/annual-meeting/annual_meeting_2008.html.

Program and Schedule

Opening Remarks

  • 2008 AIBS President Rita Colwell, University of Maryland, College Park

Keynote Speaker

  • Terry L. Maple, president and CEO of the Palm Beach Zoo, and coauthor, with Newt Gingrich, of A Contract with the Earth

Plenary Speakers
(in order of presentation)

  • James E. Hansen (National Aero­nautics and Space Administration): “Global Warming: The Threat to Life”

  • Durland Fish (Yale University): “Environmental Determinants of Lyme Disease Risk”

  • Howard Frumkin (National Center for Environmental Health): “The Public Health Response to Climate Change”

  • David Rogers (University of Oxford): “Infectious Diseases and the Environment”

  • Stephen Morse (Columbia University): “How Could Climate Change Affect Avian Influenza?”

  • Andrew Dobson (Princeton University:) “Disentangling the Role of Climate, Immunity, and Biotic Interactions in the Dynamics of Infectious Diseases”

  • Duane Gubler (University of Hawaii): “The 20th Century Emergence and Spread of Epidemic Dengue/Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever: Is Climate or Environmental Change Responsible?”

  • Stephen Hoffman (Sanaria Inc., Rockville, Maryland): “The Role of Radiation Attenuated Plasmodium falciparum Sporozoite Vaccine in Global Malaria Eradication”

Endnote Speaker

  • 2008 AIBS President Rita Colwell

Special Sessions

  • Special Session 1: “Science and Society: The Art of Communication”

    Convenor: AIBS

    Moderator: Ira Flatow, host of National Public Radio’s Talk of the Nation: Science Friday

    Participants: Robert Morris (author of The Blue Death: Disease, Disaster, and the Water We Drink) and Kim Stanley Robinson (author of Sixty Days and Counting)

  • Special Session 2: “Climate Change and Human Health: Developing Collaborations with the Public Health Community”

    Convenor: National Council on Science and the Environment


  • Workshop 1: “Your Classroom: Integrating Case Studies and Evolution to Help Students Understand Infectious Disease”

    Convenors: Biological Sciences Curriculum Study and the National Association of Biology Teachers

  • Workshop 2: “A Scientist Walks into a Bar: Using Science Cafés to Reach the Public”

    Convenors: WGBH Educational Foundation and the Coalition on the Public Understanding of Science

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