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World's leading experts gather at Cornell to advance understanding of infectious diseases

Cornell is hosting the eighth annual Workshop and Conference on the Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases June 2-6 to address such topics as the emergence, transmission and re-emergence of infectious microorganisms in ecosystems -- including the roles of pathogens and symbionts of plants, lower invertebrates, wildlife and humans.

The conference is expected to bring together the world's leading scientists in the area of ecology of infectious diseases.

Keynote speaker, Curtis Suttle of the University of British Columbia, will speak on "Viruses: The Greatest Genetic Diversity on Earth and Drivers of Global Processes."

This year's conference focuses on epidemics and pandemics; host as habitat; and climate and diseases. After presentations from invited speakers, graduate students and other researchers will present findings of their work, and a discussion of the findings and questions yet to be answered will conclude the sessions.

Some issues in the areas to be explored include:

Workshops June 6-9 funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) following these sessions will provide intensive training for 60 graduate students and postdoctoral fellows and allow them to interact with the experts attending the meeting. Participants will work with datasets and learn old and new methodologies for rapidly answering epidemiological questions.

The conference is sponsored by CCSF, Cornell's Institute for Computational Sustainability, the Cornell Virology Program and the NSF.

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