[Microbiology] Call for Applications: Leptospirosis Modeling, a NIMBioS Investigative Workshop

Catherine Crawley via microbio%40net.bio.net (by ccrawley from nimbios.org)
Thu Nov 14 11:27:20 EST 2013

The National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis
(NIMBioS) is now accepting applications for its Investigative Workshop,
"Leptospirosis Modeling," to be held June 3-5, 2014, at NIMBioS.

*Objectives: *Leptospirosis is a zoonotic disease of global public
health importance with complex transmission dynamics. This workshop will
explore mathematical tools and approaches for describing 1) within-host
dynamics of /Leptospira/ infection and immunity in reservoir and
incidental hosts; 2) multi-host, multi-species /Leptospira/ transmission
dynamics in urban and rural settings; and 3) environmental drivers of
leptospirosis transmission in animals and people. The workshop will
bring together expertise in bacteriology, molecular biology,
epidemiology, statistics, veterinary medicine, human medicine, ecology,
hydrology, mathematical modeling, network dynamics, evolutionary
dynamics, and nonlinear analysis. Participants will explore the state of
knowledge of leptospirosis transmission in animal and human populations
and the capabilities and limitations of the existing techniques that
could be used for explaining currently available empirical data.
Recommendations will then be made on the need for further empirical
studies as well as future directions for modeling and analysis. As a
result of this workshop, we will have an improved understanding of the
conceptual models of /Leptospira/ transmission in various ecological
systems and of the gaps in data and methods. We will also established
new collaborations and a common language between biologists and
theorists interested in leptospirosis.

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

*Co-Organizers: *Claudia Munoz-Zanzi, Div. of Epidemiology and Community
Health, School of Public Health, Univ. of Minnesota, Minneapolis;
Michael Begon, Evolution, Ecology, and Behavior, Institute of
Integrative Biology, Univ. of Liverpool; and Xiaopeng Zhao, Mechanical,
Aerospace and Biomedical Engineering, Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville

For more information about the workshop and a link to the online
application form, go to http://www.nimbios.org/workshops/WS_leptospirosis

Participation in the workshop is by application only. Individuals with a
strong interest in the topic are encouraged to apply, and successful
applicants will be notified within two weeks of the application
deadline. If needed, financial support for travel, meals, and lodging is
available for workshop attendees.

*Application deadline:* February 10, 2014

The National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis
(NIMBioS) (http://www.nimbios.org) 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,

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