The 2018 ACVP-ASIP Symposium will be held on April 24 in San Diego, CA concurrent with the Experimental Biology 2018. This year the symposium topic is “Vector-Borne Diseases: Bridging Scale” and is co-chaired by A. Sally Davis, DVM, PhD, Assistant Professor of Experimental Pathology, Department of Diagnostic Medicine and Pathobiology, College of Veterinary Medicine, Kansas State University and Nicole Gottdenker, DVM, PhD, DACVP, Associate Professor, Department of Pathology, University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine.
Vector-borne diseases are responsible for a significant fraction of the global infectious disease burden. Nearly half the world’s human population is infected by at least one type of vector-borne pathogen. Vector-borne animal diseases disrupt ecosystems and reduce agricultural productivity and as a result profoundly restrict economic development in countries with the highest infection rates, mainly those located in the tropics and subtropics. Recent global changes have further magnified the impact of vector-borne diseases
We will take a hierarchical approach to the study of vector borne diseases. Starting first with pathogenesis and host response to a representative vector borne virus (within the host), we will move on to an examination of virus-vector-host interactions (host-vector interface), then onto considerations of the role of the wider ecosystem in vector borne disease transmission at the local and regional level. Finally, we will analyze impact of global changes on vector borne disease ecology.
We look forward to seeing you at this exciting session!