epidemiology - disease ecology - public health - conservation

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David TS Hayman, Co-Director

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.