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Two CIDD members among 16 faculty PSU just named as Distinguished Professors. Reka Albert, Professor of Physics and Biology, and Eric Harvill, Professor of Microbiology and Infectious Disease, are among the 16 faculty members that the Penn State Office of the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs just names as Distinguished Professors.
Battling drug-resistant pathogens Biologist Andrew Read argues for new treatment strategies in race against rapidly evolving 'bugs.'
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Highlights from recent research
Ebola now, measles next? Ebola now, measles next? The disruption of routine healthcare measures in a time of epidemic crisis can lead to future epidemics of vaccine-preventable diseases. CIDD researcher Matt Ferrari and colleagues explore consequences of the Ebola virus disease beyond the high death toll from the virus itself. Published in Science, the work draws attention to the impinging threat of future epidemics from diseases whose prevention has been sidelined in crisis.
Targeting antibiotic stewardship programs: ‘Stewards’, ‘stockers’, and ‘demanders’ Targeting antibiotic stewardship programs: ‘Stewards’, ‘stockers’, and ‘demanders’ Using a novel, person-centered approach to identify drivers of antibiotic stewardship behaviors, CIDD researcher Rachel Smith and colleagues have been able to stratify the U.S. public into groups exhibiting similar ideology and behaviors. Identifying these target groups is an important step toward more effective stewardship campaigns.
Ecological dynamics of emerging bat virus spillover As the 2014 Ebola outbreak gradually winds down, the quest for animal reservoirs that could produce future outbreaks continues to intensify, with bat species attracting particular attention. Bats have received notoriety as reservoir hosts for many other emerging viruses, including SARS, Lyssaviruses, Nipah, and Hendra viuses. However, despite bats' potential roles as reservoir hosts and their widespread geographic range and high densities, pathogen spillover events remain relatively rare. Recent work published by CIDD researcher Raina Plowright and collaborators including CIDD member Peter Hudson, delineates the factors that align to generate a pathogen spillover event from bats into new host species.
Anti-parasite compounds in paternal diet of monarch butterflies enhance offspring’s ability to combat parasites Anti-parasite compounds in paternal diet of monarch butterflies enhance offspring’s ability to combat parasites Recent work by CIDD postdoctoral scholar Eleanore Sternberg demonstrates a trans-generational effect of paternal diet on offspring resistance to parasites in a monarch butterfly system. Medicinal compounds, known as cardenoloids, which are found in some milkweed plants, are known to provide parasite resistance to monarchs exposed to the protozoan parasite Ophryocystis elektroscirrha. Sternberg and her colleagues found that the parasite-protection benefits of cardenoloids can be transferred to offspring by fathers that ingest the medicinal compounds in their larval stage of development.
Helminth egg hatchability not inhibited by host antibodies in two parasites infecting rabbits Helminth egg hatchability not inhibited by host antibodies in two parasites infecting rabbits CIDD researchers Kristin Lambert, Ashutosh Pathak and Isabella Cattadori have shown that egg hatchability of two species of rabbit-infecting helminths, Trichostrongylus retortaeformis and Graphidium strigosum, are partially affected by the host immune response. Although previous research suggests various stages of helminths can be subdued by host antibodies, egg hatch rate appears to be modulated by other factors. Their findings demonstrate the complexities of host-parasite interactions and the lack of evidence for host antibodies inhibiting at least one stage of parasitic worm development.
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