MS06 - MEPI-2 Cartoon Room 2 (#3147) in The Ohio Union
Disease Dynamics Across Scales
Thursday, July 20 at 10:30am
Joshua Caleb Macdonald, Hayriye Gulbudak
Infectious disease dynamics operate across biological scales: pathogens replicate within hosts, but transmit among populations. Functional changes in the pathogen-host interaction thus generate cascading effects across organizational scales. Management strategies and the degree to which these strategies are successfully implemented may create selection pressures which drive evolution and which in turn impact the efficacy of management strategies. Thus in both ecology and epidemiology improved mechanistic understanding of cross-scale effects represents a challenge of critical importance. Growing human populations and ecosystem destruction is bringing humans into closer contact with other animals. As such epidemics and pandemics are expected to increase in frequency in the coming decades. Thus increased understanding of methods to control the spread of disease at the population level and of the mechanisms by which diseases replicate and interact with the immune system at the within-host level are of critical importance.In this mini-symposium we present talks that seek to understand disease dynamics within and across differing organizational scales.