Our group of speakers include experts in their fields and combine to give an overview of the state-of-the-science of the…

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Schedule of Events

We’ve scheduled a full day of events including talks, a poster session, and a catered reception. 9:00-9:20 am: Opening Remarks,…

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Travel and Accommodation

Location The symposium will be held in the Odum School of Ecology on the campus of the University of Georgia,…

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  • 9:00-9:20 am

    Opening Remarks – John Drake, Director, Center for the Ecology of Infectious Diseases

  • 9:20-10:25 am

    Morning Session I
    Courtney Murdock, University of Georgia. Virus-Vector Interactions
    Laura Harrington, Cornell University. Vector Behavior and Disease Transmission
    Michael Strand, University of Georgia. Vector-microbiome Interactions


  • 10:25-10:50 am

    Coffee Break

  • 10:50-12:20 pm

    Morning Session II
    Alun Lloyd, North Carolina State University. Agent-based models of Disease Transmission for Applications
    Bobby Reiner, University of Washington. Integrating over variation: the impact of heterogeneity, stochasticity, and uncertainty in mosquito population dynamics on pathogen transmission models
    Alex Perkins, University of Notre Dame. Spatial Epidemiology of Vector-born Diseases
    Nicholas Reich, University of Massachusetts- Amherst. Forecasting Disease Transmission

  • 12:20 – 1:20 pm


  • 1:20-2:50 pm

    Afternoon Session I
    Mike Boots, University of California, Berkeley. Virulence Evolution
    Ary Hoffmann, University of Melbourne. Interactions Between Wolbachia Strains and Host Background in Aedes Mosquitoes
    Sadie Ryan, University of Florida. Direct and Indirect Social Drivers and Impacts of Vector-borne Diseases
    Erin Mordecai, Stanford University. Environmental Drivers of  Vector-borne Disease Transmission in a Changing World 

  • 2:50-3:10 pm

    Coffee Break

  • 3:10-4:40 pm

    Afternoon Session II
    Derek Cummings, University of Florida. Antibody Dependent Enhancement
    Simon Gubbins, The Pirbright Institute. Population Biology of Culicoides-borne Viruses of Livestock
    Maria Diuk-Wasser, Columbia University. Population Biology of Human Tick-borne Pathogens
    Edward Wenger, Intellectual Ventures. Evaluating the Information of Parasite Genomics for Malaria Elimination

  • 4:40-5:30 pm

    Future Directions Panel Discussion

  • 5:30-6:30 pm

    Poster Session and Reception