Welcome!

News Feed Item

EcoHealth Alliance Announces Emerging Disease Series In The Lancet

The Lancet Series Dovetails with Anniversary Symposium Hosted by Institute of Medicine's
Forum on Microbial Threats

NEW YORK, Nov. 30, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- EcoHealth Alliance, an international nonprofit organization that focuses on local conservation and global health, is honored to promote a special series of articles focused on emerging 'zoonoses' (diseases that originate in animals) in the prestigious journal, The Lancet.  The series includes three articles titled, "Predicting and Preventing the Next Pandemic Zoonosis," "Ecology of Zoonoses: Natural and Unnatural Histories," and "Drivers, Dynamics, and Control of Emerging Vector-borne Zoonotic Diseases."  The Lancet Series also includes two commentaries titled, "Anatomy of a Pandemic," and "Emerging Infectious Diseases: The Role of Social Sciences."  The Lancet is one of the world's leading medical journals founded in 1823 and remains an independent global voice in global medicine, delivering its findings to 1.8 million subscribers worldwide.  Dr. Peter Daszak, president of EcoHealth Alliance, was invited to be a guest editor for this special series on emerging infectious diseases.  "It is an honor and privilege to work with The Lancet and bring together state-of-the-art information on what causes pandemics to emerge and how we can stop them.  Pandemic zoonoses include SARS, Ebola and HIV/AIDS and are devastating when they emerge.  What this series shows is that we have new ways to predict their origins, and discover them even before they reach our population – truly a brave new world for pandemic prevention," said Dr. Daszak.

The publication of The Lancet Series, coincides with a special 20th Anniversary Symposium slated for December 11th – 12th, 2012 in Washington, DC hosted by the Institute of Medicine's (IOM) Forum on Microbial Threats.  The symposium will take a retrospective look at the Institute of Medicine's seminal reports on Emerging Infections (1992) and Microbial Threats to Health (2003) as well as reflect upon the Institute of Medicine's creation of the Forum in 1996.  "This year marks the 20th anniversary of the release of the IOM's seminal report on Emerging Infections, a study co-chaired by the late Joshua Lederberg and Robert Shope and the 15th anniversary of the creation of the Forum on Microbial Threats," stated Dr. Eileen Choffnes, Scholar and Director of the IOM's Forum on Microbial Threats.  "It is a tribute to the vision of Joshua Lederberg that the activities of the Forum continue to examine emerging as well as long-standing challenges in microbial ecology in health and disease," said Dr. Choffnes. The Forum on Microbial Threats is a key activity of the Institute of Medicine, providing an opportunity for policy and science stakeholders to be exposed to the latest information on infectious disease threats as well as the role of the microbiome in health and disease.  Lead authors from the series will be in attendance and speaking at the symposium, bringing together some of the best minds in science, medicine, and policy.  "No emerging infection has ever been predicted before it appeared in humans.  That's why developing a global early warning system was a key recommendation of the IOM report and of every expert group.   With new technologies, for the first time in history we are now poised to predict and prevent emerging infections at the source, before they reach us.  But we're in the very early stages of learning how to use these new capabilities," said Stephen S. Morse, lead author of "Predicting and Preventing the Next Pandemic Zoonosis", Professor of Epidemiology at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health and a member of the original IOM committee on emerging infections.  "This collection of papers offers a bridge between ecologists and clinicians whose combined efforts are needed to address the ongoing challenges of emerging zoonotic diseases," said Marm Kilpatrick, assistant professor at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

The focus on emerging diseases lies at the core of EcoHealth Alliance's mission.  The organization works at the intersection of environmental, human and animal health.  "The complex challenges posed by emerging diseases requires the application of innovative interdisciplinary approaches that integrate across the social, natural, and physical sciences," says Craig Janes, commentary co-author and Professor of Global Health at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada.  The links between public and animal health are inextricably connected to environmental changes.  "Our daily practices – such as the way we produce and consume our food, our forestry and mining operations, our choices in how we use land, water and our natural resources – are at the root of the millions and millions of human infections with zoonotic diseases every year," concluded Dr. William B. Karesh, Exec. Vice President of EcoHealth Alliance. The series in The Lancet and the Institute of Medicine's Symposium will help support the efforts of many leaders in the field of emerging disease threats, surveillance, discovery as well as response to novel infectious diseases in humans, plants, and animals.  Over 40 years of innovative science has laid the foundation of EcoHealth Alliance's rigorous, science-based approach, focused at the intersection of the environment, health, and capacity building within disease 'hotspots' in more than 20 countries around the globe.

About EcoHealth Alliance
Building on over 40 years of groundbreaking science, EcoHealth Alliance is a global, nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting wildlife and safeguarding human health from the emergence of disease. The organization develops ways to combat the effects of damaged ecosystems on human and wildlife health. Using environmental and health data covering the past 60 years, EcoHealth Alliance scientists created the first-ever, global disease hotspots map that identified at-risk regions, to help predict and prevent the next pandemic crisis. That work is the foundation of EcoHealth Alliance's rigorous, science-based approach, focused at the intersection of the environment, health, and capacity building.  Working in the U.S. and more than 20 countries worldwide, EcoHealth Alliance's strength is founded on innovations in research, training, global partnerships, and policy initiatives. For more information, please visit www.ecohealthalliance.org

SOURCE EcoHealth Alliance

More Stories By PR Newswire

Copyright © 2007 PR Newswire. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of PRNewswire content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of PRNewswire. PRNewswire shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

Latest Stories
Enterprise IT has been in the era of Hybrid Cloud for some time now. But it seems most conversations about Hybrid are focused on integrating AWS, Microsoft Azure, or Google ECM into existing on-premises systems. Where is all the Private Cloud? What do technology providers need to do to make their offerings more compelling? How should enterprise IT executives and buyers define their focus, needs, and roadmap, and communicate that clearly to the providers?
SYS-CON Events announced today that Commvault, a global leader in enterprise data protection and information management, has been named “Bronze Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Commvault is a leading provider of data protection and information management solutions, helping companies worldwide activate their data to drive more value and business insight and to transform moder...
Much of the value of DevOps comes from a (renewed) focus on measurement, sharing, and continuous feedback loops. In increasingly complex DevOps workflows and environments, and especially in larger, regulated, or more crystallized organizations, these core concepts become even more critical. In his session at @DevOpsSummit at 18th Cloud Expo, Andi Mann, Chief Technology Advocate at Splunk, showed how, by focusing on 'metrics that matter,' you can provide objective, transparent, and meaningful f...
Fifty billion connected devices and still no winning protocols standards. HTTP, WebSockets, MQTT, and CoAP seem to be leading in the IoT protocol race at the moment but many more protocols are getting introduced on a regular basis. Each protocol has its pros and cons depending on the nature of the communications. Does there really need to be only one protocol to rule them all? Of course not. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Chris Matthieu, co-founder and CTO of Octoblu, walk you through how Oct...
The Internet of Things can drive efficiency for airlines and airports. In their session at @ThingsExpo, Shyam Varan Nath, Principal Architect with GE, and Sudip Majumder, senior director of development at Oracle, will discuss the technical details of the connected airline baggage and related social media solutions. These IoT applications will enhance travelers' journey experience and drive efficiency for the airlines and the airports. The session will include a working demo and a technical d...
There is little doubt that Big Data solutions will have an increasing role in the Enterprise IT mainstream over time. Big Data at Cloud Expo - to be held November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA - has announced its Call for Papers is open. Cloud computing is being adopted in one form or another by 94% of enterprises today. Tens of billions of new devices are being connected to The Internet of Things. And Big Data is driving this bus. An exponential increase is...
Digital innovation is the next big wave of business transformation based on digital technologies of which IoT and Big Data are key components, For example: Business boundary innovation is a challenge to excavate third-party business value using IoT and BigData, like Nest Business structure innovation may propose re-building business structure from scratch, as Uber does in the taxicab industry The social model innovation is also a big challenge to the new social architecture with the design fr...
In his keynote at 18th Cloud Expo, Andrew Keys, Co-Founder of ConsenSys Enterprise, provided an overview of the evolution of the Internet and the Database and the future of their combination – the Blockchain. Andrew Keys is Co-Founder of ConsenSys Enterprise. He comes to ConsenSys Enterprise with capital markets, technology and entrepreneurial experience. Previously, he worked for UBS investment bank in equities analysis. Later, he was responsible for the creation and distribution of life sett...
The many IoT deployments around the world are busy integrating smart devices and sensors into their enterprise IT infrastructures. Yet all of this technology – and there are an amazing number of choices – is of no use without the software to gather, communicate, and analyze the new data flows. Without software, there is no IT. In this power panel at @ThingsExpo, moderated by Conference Chair Roger Strukhoff, panelists will look at the protocols that communicate data and the emerging data analy...
DevOps at Cloud Expo, taking place Nov 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, is co-located with 19th Cloud Expo and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. The widespread success of cloud computing is driving the DevOps revolution in enterprise IT. Now as never before, development teams must communicate and collaborate in a dynamic, 24/7/365 environment. There is no time to wait for long dev...
Creating replica copies to tolerate a certain number of failures is easy, but very expensive at cloud-scale. Conventional RAID has lower overhead, but it is limited in the number of failures it can tolerate. And the management is like herding cats (overseeing capacity, rebuilds, migrations, and degraded performance). Download Slide Deck: ▸ Here In his general session at 18th Cloud Expo, Scott Cleland, Senior Director of Product Marketing for the HGST Cloud Infrastructure Business Unit, discusse...
SYS-CON Events announced today that China Unicom will exhibit at the 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. China United Network Communications Group Co. Ltd ("China Unicom") was officially established in 2009 on the basis of the merger of former China Netcom and former China Unicom. China Unicom mainly operates a full range of telecommunications services including mobile broadband (GSM, WCDMA, LTE F...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Tintri Inc., a leading producer of VM-aware storage (VAS) for virtualization and cloud environments, will exhibit at the 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Tintri VM-aware storage is the simplest for virtualized applications and cloud. Organizations including GE, Toyota, United Healthcare, NASA and 6 of the Fortune 15 have said “No to LUNs.” With Tintri they mana...
Data is an unusual currency; it is not restricted by the same transactional limitations as money or people. In fact, the more that you leverage your data across multiple business use cases, the more valuable it becomes to the organization. And the same can be said about the organization’s analytics. In his session at 19th Cloud Expo, Bill Schmarzo, CTO for the Big Data Practice at EMC, will introduce a methodology for capturing, enriching and sharing data (and analytics) across the organizati...
SYS-CON Events announced today that ReadyTalk, a leading provider of online conferencing and webinar services, has been named Vendor Presentation Sponsor at the 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. ReadyTalk delivers audio and web conferencing services that inspire collaboration and enable the Future of Work for today’s increasingly digital and mobile workforce. By combining intuitive, innovative tec...