[Microbiology] Call for Applications: NIMBioS Investigative Workshop Modeling Johne's Disease

Catherine Crawley via microbio%40net.bio.net (by ccrawley from nimbios.org)
Tue Feb 1 15:27:25 EST 2011

The National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis
(NIMBioS) is now accepting applications for its *"Modeling Johne's
Disease Investigative Workshop" *to be held July 6-8, 2011, at NIMBioS.

*Objectives: *Johne's disease (JD) has been found in 68 percent of dairy
herds and causes an estimated annual loss of $220 million to the US
dairy industry. JD causes reduction of milk production, weight loss, and
premature culling of clinically affected animals. Despite long and
intensive national-level efforts for JD control, we are still far from
preventing the significant economic impact of this formidable disease.
Since the early 1990s, mathematical modeling approaches have been
applied for better understanding of JD epidemiology and for estimation
of the cost-benefit of alternative JD control strategies. However, there
has not previously been an opportunity to gather a multidisciplinary
group of scientists to help facilitate mathematical modeling studies in
JD. Further, there has been no mathematical modeling approach for
studying the immunology of JD. This workshop will invite scientists in
mathematics, biostatistics, epidemiology, veterinary medicine,
immunology, molecular biology and genetics to facilitate
multi-disciplinary collaborations for better understanding of the
epidemiology and immunology of JD. The workshop's goal is to contribute
to the control and ultimate eradication of the cause of Johne's disease
through application of mathematical modeling approaches for better
understanding of JD epidemiology, pathogenesis and immune responses.

*Location: *NIMBioS at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville

*Co-Organizers: *Shigetoshi Eda (Center for Wildlife Health, Univ. of
Tennessee Knoxville); Ynte H. Schukken (Dept. Population Medicine and
Diagnostic Sciences, Cornell Univ.); Ian A. Gardner (Dept. Medicine and
Epidemiology, Univ. of California Davis); John P. Bannantine
(Agricultural Research Service, US Department of Agriculture)
*For more information about the workshop and a link to the online
application form, go to http://www.nimbios.org/workshops/WS_JohnesDisease

If needed, applicants may request travel and lodging support.
Participation is limited, and those selected to attend will be notified
within two weeks of the application deadline. *Application deadline:
April 4, 2011*

The National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis
(NIMBioS) brings together researchers from around the world to
collaborate across disciplinary boundaries to investigate solutions to
basic and applied problems in the life sciences. NIMBioS is sponsored by
the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Homeland
Security, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture with additional support
from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Catherine Crawley, Ph.D.
Communications Coordinator
National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS)
University of Tennessee
1534 White Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37996-1527
Phone: (865) 974-9350
Fax: (865) 974-9461
Email: ccrawley from nimbios.org
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