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Battling drug-resistant pathogens Biologist Andrew Read argues for new treatment strategies in race against rapidly evolving 'bugs.'
Doctors Without Borders nurse brings her experience to Penn State MOOC Doctors Without Borders nurse brings her experience to Penn State MOOC The 2014 Epidemics MOOC brings together a worldwide audience to discuss the ongoing Ebola outbreak.
Epidemics MOOC launches again on September 29, 2014 Released on the Coursera platform in 2013, “Epidemics – the Dynamics of Infectious Diseases” was the first MOOC to address the ecology of infectious diseases. The Penn State course launches again on 29 Sept 2014.
Highlights from recent research
Temperature alters Plasmodium blocking by Wolbachia Recent work by CIDD researchers Courtney Murdock, Simon Blanford, Grant Hughes, Jason Rasgon and Matt Thomas shows reduced development of the transmissible form of malaria parasites when mosquito vectors are co-infected with Wolbachia bacteria. The findings provide promising new insight into how Wolbachia-infected mosquitoes could be used to slow the spread of malaria in a wide-range of temperatures. Their work also highlights the complex interactions between mosquitoes and their symbionts and parasites across different ambient temperatures.
CIDD researchers demonstrate the value of information in adaptive management of epidemics CIDD researchers demonstrate the value of information in adaptive management of epidemics Recent work by CIDD researchers Katriona Shea and Matthew Ferrari, with collaborators, demonstrates the potential benefits of using adaptive management approaches in responding to epidemics.
Antibiotic Resistance: A Primer and Call to Action Antibiotic-resistant infections, caused by worldwide antibiotic overuse and fueled by biological and behavioral mechanisms, are a major threat to public health. Changes must be implemented at the individual and community levels to hinder continued growth of antibiotic resistance.
Population viscosity suppresses disease emergence by preserving local herd immunity The emergence of novel human pathogens from zoonotic spillover events can be difficult to predict and prevent. Recent work by CIDD researcher Tim Reluga proposes a new theory to explain spillover events, using bridge community characteristics to predict epidemics.
Temperature and an immune-boosting diet affect infection intensity in malaria-vectoring mosquitoes Temperature and an immune-boosting diet affect infection intensity in malaria-vectoring mosquitoes Successful transmission of malaria parasites requires a complex interplay between the mosquito vector, malaria parasites and the environment. Malaria parasites have an intricate life cycle, encountering defenses produced by hosts and vectors, including the immune responses of mosquitoes. Understanding the relationship between vectors and the parasites they transmit is important and may vary by environmental factors, potentially affecting the efficacy of our control methods. Temperature is one important environmental factor that affects the development of malaria parasites and mosquitoes. Although temperature varies across and within different environments, most lab work is performed at constant temperatures, resulting in research that may not accurately reflect what is occurring in the field.
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Millennium Science Complex as viewed from Pollock Field.

Many CIDD faculty and their research groups have re-located to Penn State’s new Millennium Science Complex. This is a state-of-the art research facility which will become the gateway for interdisciplinary research between the Life Sciences and the Material Sciences’ faculty and students.

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Monday discussions are held every Monday at 12pm in W-203 Millennium Science Complex

 
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