Ecology of Infectious Diseases
July 26, 2010
The Ecology of Infectious Diseases (EID), a joint National Science Foundation-National Institutes of Health program supports efforts to create a predictive understanding of the ecological and biological mechanisms that govern relationships among human-induced environmental changes and the emergence and transmission of infectious diseases. Interdisciplinary projects funded by EID will study how large-scale environmental events--such as habitat destruction, biological invasion and pollution--alter the risks of viral, parasitic and bacterial diseases emerging in humans and animals. These studies will allow public-health officials, wildlife managers and farmers to control the spread of diseases among humans, domestic and wild animals, and crops, say EID scientists.
Topics: Environment, Infectious diseases, Epidemiology, Microbiology, National Science Foundation, Syndemic, John E. Fogarty International Center, transmission, Ecology