The 2008 AIBS annual meeting will be held 12 —13 May and will explore the theme of “Climate, Environment, and Infectious Diseases.” The location is the Westin Arlington Hotel, 801 North Glebe Road, Arlington, Virginia 22203, a two-minute walk from the National Science Foundation building and a few station stops from downtown Washington, DC, on the Metro subway system. The program chair is 2008 AIBS President Rita Colwell of the University of Maryland at College Park. To register online or submit a poster, go to: http://www.aibs.org/annual-meeting/annualmeeting2008.html

SUMMARY: Interrelationships of climate, environment, and human health are manifested in infectious disease patterns. Vector borne diseases, such as malaria, dengue, Avian influenza, SARS, and related diseases are known to be closely linked to the environment and, more recently, to climate. Interactions between climate, climate change, and the environment have been studied extensively by investigators in the United States and abroad. The AIBS annual meeting will address these issues.

SPEAKERS AND SESSIONS:

Newt Gingrich, former speaker of the US House of Representatives Presentation: A Contract with the Earth

James E. Hansen, National Aeronautics and Space Administration Presentation: Climate Change Models and Predictions

Durland Fish, Yale University Presentation: Environmental Determinants of Lyme Disease Risk

Howard Frumkin, National Center for Environmental Health Presentation: The Public Health Response to Climate Change

David Rogers, Oxford University Presentation: Infectious Diseases and the Environment

Stephen Morse, Columbia University Presentation: Avian Influenza

Robert Morris, author of “The Blue Death: Disease, Disaster, and the Water We Drink” Kim Stanley Robinson, author of “Sixty Days and Counting” Presentation: Science and Society: the Art of Communication

Andrew Dobson, Princeton University Presentation: Disentangling the Role of Climate, Immunity, and Biotic Interactions in the Dynamics of Infectious Diseases

Duane Gubler, University of Hawaii Presentation: The 20th Century Emergence and Spread of Epidemic Dengue/Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever: Is Climate or Environmental Change Responsible?

David Blockstein, National Council on Science and the Environment Presentation: Climate Change and Human Health: Developing Collaborations with the Public Health Community

Stephen Hoffman, Sanaria Inc., Rockville, MD Presentation: Malaria

Workshop 1: “Your Classroom: Making Study of the Climate, Environment, and Infectious Diseases Meaningful for Your Students”

Convenors: Biological Sciences Curriculum Study, National Association of Biology Teachers

Workshop 2: “A Scientist Walks Into a Bar: Using Science Cafes to Reach the Public” Convenors: WGBH Educational Foundation, Coalition on the Public Understanding of Science

AIBS is pleased to be collaborating on this meeting with the National Council for Science and the Environment, whose conference on “Climate Change: Science and Solutions” is being held 16 - 18 January in Washington DC, see http://ncseonline.org/2008conference/

 


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