Advancing ecological modelling for the prediction of emerging infectious diseases – CSIRO, Canberra

Free Symposium

Tuesday 1 May 2018, CSIRO Discovery Theatre, CSIRO Black Mountain

  • 9.00am – 5.00pm

North-science Road, Acton ACT, Get Directions

About the symposium

This symposium will cover some of the most advanced global and national research on factors associated with the risk of emergence of infectious diseases.

The symposium will also explore how mitigating this risk requires careful consideration of interactions between key goals of the United Nations Agenda for Sustainable Development: human health, biodiversity conservation, climate change mitigation and food security.

Emerging infectious diseases such as Zika, Ebola, H1N1 and SARS have dramatic impacts on human health and global economies, with millions of deaths each year and billions of dollars spent to control outbreaks.

The vast majority of recent emerging infectious disease events were caused by zoonotic (animal) pathogens, most of which originated in wild species.

Preventing future zoonotic disease emergence is a cost-effective strategy to anticipate and prevent disease spread, but this requires modelling a number of interacting factors that influence disease emergence risk.

Ecological modelling is essential in this context, given the strong links between expansion of humans and livestock into biodiversity hotspots and the risk of disease emergence, especially in tropical countries.


Dr Paul Bertsch, Acting Director Land and Water Business Unit (CSIRO), will open the meeting, followed by a keynote address from Dr Peter Daszak, President of EcoHealth Alliance, USA. Dr Daszak’s research has been instrumental in identifying and predicting the impact of emerging infectious diseases across the globe.

A series of presentations will explore more in-depth the various aspects related to disease emergence prediction and the relation with sustainable development, followed by open discussions with the audience.

Speakers for these presentations include: Dr Michelle Baker (CSIRO), Dr Simon Ferrier (CSIRO), Dr Cadhla Firth (University of Melbourne), Ms Cecile Godde (CSIRO), Dr Mario Herrero (CSIRO), Prof Raina MacIntyre (University of NSW), Dr Anna Okello (ACIAR), Dr Mark Stafford-Smith (CSIRO), Dr Carlos Zambrana-Torrelio (EcoHealth Alliance, USA).

A series of early career researcher speed talks and open discussion session will conclude the day.

Source: Advancing ecological modelling for the prediction of emerging infectious diseases – CSIRO

Brucella suis in dogs: what you need to know, Australian Veterinary Association, Online – 1 Feb 2018

Brucella suis in dogs: what you need to know
Dates: Thursday, 01 February 2018
Country/State: Online
Venue: Webinar

Join the AVPH webinar on Brucella suis in dogs with Dr Siobhan Mor, Senior Lecturer in Epidemiology, University of Sydney

Brucella suis has recently emerged in dogs in NSW. While the disease was previously recognised in Queensland, research in NSW has provided some new insights into the disease. In this webinar you will learn about the clinical presentation in dogs, approaches to clinical management and how to protect yourself, your staff and your clients from this zoonotic disease.

Dr Siobhan Mor is a Senior Lecturer in Epidemiology (One Health) at The University of Sydney. She completed her veterinary medical degree at the University of Sydney in 2003 and a PhD on cryptosporidiosis in humans at Tufts University in the United States in 2009. Following her PhD she was appointed as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Health and Community Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine. During this time she worked as a global health advisor for the RESPOND project (part of USAID’s Emerging Pandemic Threats program) which aimed to build capacity for response to emerging diseases in developing countries. She returned to the University of Sydney to assume her current role in the School of Veterinary Science in 2012. Siobhan leads the Epidemiology and One Health group which is investigating the epidemiology of a number of zoonotic, emerging and tropical infectious diseases of global health importance. Her team is currently conducting research on swine brucellosis and salmonellosis in Australia, bacterial and viral zoonoses in pigs in Uganda, and vectorborne diseases in Maasai cattle in Tanzania. She is a member of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists by examination in veterinary epidemiology.

Registration is now open for this webinar:

When: Thursday, 1st February 2018
What Time: 7:00 pm Sydney Time
Where: Online – join via your computer!
Your Facilitator: Dr Emma Davis
Your Presenter: Dr Siobhan Mor
Cost: AVPH member – $30.00
Cost: AVA member – $40.00
Cost: Non member – $80.00
Cost: AVA student member – $20.00
SIG/Branch/Division: Public Health
Vet Ed points: 1.00
Contact Details:
Organiser: AVA
Name: Emma Davis
Email address:
Phone Number: +44 7446 479156
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