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Published: 2017-02-08

Umeå University hosts symposium about infectious diseases of our time

NEWS On Tuesday February 14, researchers at Umeå University will gather for an afternoon symposium about how infectious diseases spread and the impact of our changing environments. The programme offers presentations about both locally existing infectious diseases such as puumala (nephropathia epidemica), tularemia and Ockelbo disease, but also well-known mosquito-borne diseases such as zika- and dengue fever. The free event is open to the public. All presentations will be in English.

Magnus Evander
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”By gathering leading researchers on infectious diseases we take a comprehensive look at what might be the biggest global health challenge of our time," says Magnus Evander, Professor of virology at the Department of Clinical Microbiology and event organizer.

Joacim Rocklöv
Photo: Mattias Pettersson

“The two separate blocks of the programme: epidemiology and ecology, reflect the breadth of important research perspectives here at the University. The programme concerns in part how epidemics of infectious diseases spread in a globalized world, but also how climate change creates new conditions for outbreaks to spread further,” says Joacim Rocklöv, researcher at the Unit of Epidemiology and Global Health and co-organiser of the symposium.


Tuesday 14 February from 13:00 to 17:00


Room Hall E04, Building 6M, University Hospital of Umeå (NUS)


13:00 Welcome

First block: Infectious disease epidemiology

13:01-13:15: Rift Valley Fever Epidemiology - Magnus Evander

13:15-13:30: Herpes and Alzheimer – Insights and Hypotheses -
Hugo Lövheim

13:30-13:45: Sindbis – An Upcomer? - Åsa Gylfe

13:45-14:00: The Spanish Flu - Urban Kumlin

14:00-14:15: A reverse ecology approach to understand tularemia outbreaks - Anders Johansson

14:15-14:30: Influenza & Social Networks - Martin Rosvall

14:30-15:30: Doctoral Student/Postdoc Pitch Session (2-4 min) & Coffee/tea

Second block: Infectious disease ecology

15:30-15:45: Ecology of the Puumala virus - Frauke Ecke

15:45-16:00: Modelling Invasion and Abundance of Dengue and Zika Vectors - Jing Helmersson

16:00-16:15: Evolution of Infectious Diseases in Seasonal Environments - Åke Brännström

16:15-16:30: Water-borne Disease and Water Treatment - Andreas Tornevi

16:30-16:45: Early Warning Systems for Infectious Outbreaks - Joacim Rocklöv

16:45-17:00: Summing up and discussion

Editor: Daniel Harju