epidemiology - disease ecology - public health - conservation

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David TS Hayman, Co-Director

PhD student C Reed Hranac and I attended a workshop in the US of white-nose syndrome

You can find out more about bats and our work on them at this new website https://www.science4bats.org/

NZ Herald feature

The NZ Herald ran a feature on the work contained in my recently awarded Rutherford Discovery Fellowship which you can find here.

Rutherford Discovery Fellowship

I was privileged to be awarded a 5 year mid-career Rutherford Discovery Fellowship by the Royal Society of New Zealand. You can read more here

Global distribution of Cryptosporidium and Giardia genotypes and comparison with our large NZ database published

We just published the local New Zealand and global genetic diversity of Cryptosporidium and Giardia genotypes in PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases here.

Editor's pick of the issue in Parasitology Research

Juan Carlos Garcia Ramirez and I have now twice received 'Editor's paper of the issue' in less than 12 months for work on the co-speciation and evolution of Cryptosporidium. This time it is for the paper titled "Evolutionary processes in populations of Cryptosporidium inferred from gp60 sequence data" in Parasitology Research. Please check it out in issue Volume 116, Issue 7, pp 1855–1861: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00436-0...

New: Long-term video surveillance and automated analyses reveal arousal patterns in groups of hibernating bats

Our new paper is out in Methods in Ecology and Evolution on long-term video surveillance using infrared camera and automated analyses that reveal arousal patterns in groups of hibernating bats. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/2041-21...

We launched a new charity to help disadvantaged kids

MentorEd: My wife and I launched a new charity with a friend that aim to boost confidence and achievement in the most disadvantaged kids in NZ. Please check out the website to read more about it http://mentored.org.nz/

NZ Herald covers our work on forest fragmentation and Ebola virus emergence

The New Zealand Herald published an article on our study of forest fragmentation and Ebola virus emergence

Forest fragmentation and Ebola virus disease outbreaks

New analyses support there being a link between forest fragmentation in Africa and Ebola virus disease outbreaks. This work was led by Cristina Rulli and published in Scientific Reports.

As the bat flies: a Perspective in Science on bats as viral reservoirs.

A Perspective in Science highlighting the great work by Daniel Streicker at Glasgow as well as other recent advances in our knowledge regarding bats as viral reservoirs.

The Global Phylogeography of Lyssaviruses - Challenging the 'Out of Africa' Hypothesis

Our new research is the first to address the 'Out of Africa' hypothesis for the origin of lyssaviruses, the most famous of which is rabies virus. We found support for a Paleartic origin. See more in PLoS NTD.

Paper of the Month in Parasitology

Juan Carlos' paper, Origin of a major infectious disease in vertebrates: The timing of Cryptosporidium evolution and its hosts, was Parasitology Editor's 'Paper of the Month'.

The timing of Cryptosporidium evolution and its hosts

Origin of a major infectious disease in vertebrates. This analysis led by Juan Carlos Garcia Ramirez uses calibrated molecular clocks and cophylogeny to estimate the timing of Cryptosporidium evolution and its hosts, published in Parasitology.

Bats as viral reservoirs

New review of bats as hosts of viruses published in Annual Review of Virology.

Can survival analyses detect hunting pressure in a highly connected species? Lessons from straw-coloured fruit bats

New research with Ali Peel tested whether we could use survival analyses from heavily hunted, but pandemic, species to detect hunting pressure published in Conservation Biology.

Undiscovered bat hosts of filoviruses

New analyses led by Barbara Han to identify undiscovered filovirus hosts, including those of Ebola virus, published in PLoS NTD.

2 year postdoc on antimicrobial resistance

We have a two year postdoctoral fellowship available in our group to work on antimicrobial resistance: http://massey-careers.massey.ac.nz/9178/postdoctor...

EMBO Reports : further reading

Click here for the supplementary reading that I refer to in a recent opinion piece, Conservation as vaccination, published in EMBO reports (e201541675).

Marsden Fast Start Grant - Unpacking Infection Spillover Dynamics $300,000

I am delighted to have been awarded this grant from the Royal Society of New Zealand. The project will involve modelling the spillover effects of infectious diseases using a mathematical model of human, livestock and gorilla interactions from Uganda.

Project Collaborators

Conservation Through Public Health (CTPH, Uganda), led by Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka, will be the local collaborator. CTPH has over 10 years’ experience using Population, Health and Environment approaches to reduce threats to mountain gorillas

Jamie Lloyd-Smith (University of California, Los Angeles, UCLA, USA) has extensive experience studying ‘spillover’ dynamics at the human-animal interface.

Hayley MacGregor (University of Sussex, UK) is a human clinician and medical anthropologist with extensive experience working with communities in Africa.

C Reed Hranac joined the group as an IVABS PhD scholar

Reed Hranac, MSc, joined the group here in New Zealand and will be working with myself and Jonathan Marshall with a number of collaborators on the temporal and spatial dynamics of infectious diseases in bats. His focus will be filoviruses and white-nose syndrome. Reed did his MSc at Northern Arizona University in the US with Dr Nathan Nieto on the ecology of rodent-borne hantaviruses.