69th WDA / 14th EWDA - Joint Conference - Cuenca, Spain

Invited Speakers

Understanding pathogen transmission in a solitary, secretive carnivore (Puma concolor)

Prof. Meggan Craft, PhD
Associate Professor, Departament of Veterinary Population Medicine (VPM)
College of Veterinary Medicine
University of Minnesota, USA

Prof. Craft is an infectious disease ecologist. The broad aim of her research program is to understand infectious disease dynamics in animal and human populations. She tests hypotheses regarding disease spread and consequent control through parameterizing theoretical disease models with empirical data. She is interested in two fundamental areas: (i) How are pathogens maintained in multi-host ecosystems? (ii) How does heterogeneity in population contact structure affect pathogen dynamics? She is an interdisciplinary researcher working at the intersection of environmental, human, and animal health. Current research projects in the Craft lab focus on modeling swine viruses (e.g. influenza and FMD), "large cat" retroviruses (i.e., pumas and lions), moose metagenomics, bovine tuberculosis in cattle, raccoon rabies, and prairie dog plague.

How full is the reservoir? Inferring the dynamics of zoonotic viruses in bats

Dr. Olivier Restif
Cambridge Infectious Diseases
Department of Veterinary Medicine
University of Cambridge, United Kingdom

Dr. Restif is an epidemiologist interested in the use of mathematical models combined with experimental and field-based studies to investigate the dynamics of infectious diseases at all scales, from cells to ecosystems. His research falls into four main subjects: (1) Within-host dynamics of bacterial infections, (2) Evolutionary ecology of immune defences, (3) Microcosm studies of host-pathogen population dynamics, and (4) Model-Guided Fieldwork for Wildlife Infectious Diseases.

Conservation Medicine, EcoHealth and One Health: Evolving paradigms building transdisciplinary collaborations, integrative research and local capacity

Prof. A. Alonso Aguirre, DVM, MS, PhD
Chair of the Department of Environmental Science and Policy, George Mason University, USA.

Dr. A. Alonso Aguirre is Chair and Professor at the Department of Environmental Science and Policy at George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia, where he heads a program of collaborative research that focuses on the ecology of wildlife disease and the links to human health and conservation of biodiversity. He also chairs the university Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee. He has worked for the past three decades in over 23 countries focusing on integrative research, transdisciplinarity, professional leadership training and capacity building. He served as the Executive Director of the Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation. Previously he was Senior Vice President at EcoHealth Alliance (formerly known as Wildlife Trust) in New York also holding different appointments at the Consortium for Conservation Medicine, the Center for Environmental Research and Conservation at Columbia University and the Center for Conservation Medicine at Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. His research focuses in the ecology of wildlife diseases, conservation medicine, EcoHealth and One Health.