Fri 20 Oct 2017: 2.00pm [PhD Defense] – Chia Yi-Hou on “Spatial evaluation of the effects of human, livestock and wildlife systems on infectious disease emergence: implications for surveillance and management”

PhD Defense Seminar cum Oral Examination
Department of Biological Sciences, NUS

“Spatial evaluation of the effects of human, livestock and wildlife systems on infectious disease emergence: implications for surveillance and management”

Speaker:            Chia Yi Hou (Graduate Student, Dept. of Biological Sciences, NUS)  
Date:                   20 Oct 2017, Friday
Time:                   2pm
Venue:                DBS meeting room (located at DBS admin office, Blk S3 Level 5)
Supervisor:        Asst Prof Carrasco T, L Roman
Co-supervisor:  Prof John D. Mumford

Abstract – 

“Emergence of zoonotic infectious diseases has health, social, and economic implications for human populations. Hosts and reservoirs for zoonoses are diverse and come from different taxa. Areas of high biodiversity may be sources for new pathogens for humans. Understanding of spatial and temporal patterns of where interactions may occur between human and animal populations will give insights for surveillance and planning for eventual outbreaks.

The research aims of this dissertation were to assess spatially explicit emerging infectious disease (EID) probabilities at the national level across the globe, assess emergency funding resource gaps, investigate routes for through which air travel facilitates disease transfer, and project changes in the probabilities of EID occurrence events relating to changes in livestock density in Africa through 2050. In this dissertation, modeling studies were conducted with aims to identify what socioeconomic and ecological variables may predict infectious disease emergence and how they may interact to lead to future emergence events.”

All are welcome

Chia-Yi Hou

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