Course

Symposium and Workshop: Principles and dynamics governing transmission of mycobacterial infection (May 2018)

Organised by Wageningen Institute of Animal Sciences (WIAS)
Date

Tue 22 May 2018 until Thu 24 May 2018

Venue Zodiac, building number 122
De Elst 1
122
6708 WD Wageningen
0317-483953
Room Zodiac room A0107

Aim

  • Highlight recent findings on infection dynamics of mycobacteria that help us to better understand the principles and dynamics governing transmission of mycobacterial infection. The focus lies on the main pathogens causing the two animal diseases tuberculosis (M. bovis) and Johne’s disease (M. avium subsp. paratuberculosis).
  • Promote the use of newly developed methodology for incorporating bacterial phylogenetics based on Whole Genome Sequencing into predictive models for infectious diseases.
  • Promote interdisciplinary research incorporating ecology, molecular biology, epidemiology, and economics to tackle the challenges of monitoring and controlling animal disease with limited intervention options.

* Click to download the printable version.

Target audience

The Symposium (day 1) is intended for researchers with an interest in the ecology, molecular biology, epidemiology, and economics linked to the monitoring and control of mycobacterial disease.

The Workshop (day 2+3) is intended for epidemiologists, modellers and researchers in general, who need to incorporate phylogeny in the analysis of mycobacterial disease spread.

In addition, the whole 2.5 day event may be of interest to animal health and public health professionals who deal with multi-host diseases in complex ecological systems.

Epidemiological/ statistical background would be beneficial but not essential. The workshops include a hands-on training in which selected methods and steps of the analysis will be explained in detail. 

Tutors and responsible for the scientific content

  • Kristina CERES, DVM/PhD student, Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, Ithaca, USA
  • Yrjö GRÖHN, Professor of Epidemiology, Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, Ithaca, USA
  • Rowland R. KAO, Professor of Veterinary Epidemiology and Data Science, Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, University of Edinburgh, UK
  • Annette NIGSCH, Postdoctoral associate, Quantitative Veterinary Epidemiology, Wageningen University, NL
  • Liliana SALVADOR, Research Fellow, Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, University of Edinburgh, UK
  • Ynte SCHUKKEN, Professor of Management of Farm Animal Health, Quantitative Veterinary Epidemiology, Wageningen University, NL
  • Rebecca SMITH, Assistant Professor of Epidemiology, University of Illinois, College of Veterinary Medicine, Urbana, USA
  • Loren TAUER, Professor, Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, Cornell SC Johnson College of Business, Cornell University, Ithaca, USA
  • Leslie VERTERAMO CHIU, Research Associate, Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, Ithaca, USA

Workshop materials

To be provided beforehand:

  • Workshop lecture notes.
  • Exercises and test data for group practice and discussion.
  • A supplementary reading list.

Accommodation and getting there

*Click here for more information.