We are pleased to announce our keynote speaker will be Dr. Jean Tsao!
Dr. Tsao’s keynote address will be on Friday, March 27th. The keynote address is open to the general public.
Title: Predicting the Effects of Climate Change and Emergence of Ticks and Tick Borne Disease: Why Understanding Tick Biology and Ecology Matters
With more than 300,000 human cases estimated a year, Lyme disease is the leading vector-borne disease in the United States. Over the last fifteen years, I have had the opportunity to work in different regions where Lyme disease is hyperendemic, invading, or predominantly cryptic. Studying the blacklegged tick and Lyme disease pathogen across such varied habitats and in different stages of establishment has given me a great appreciation for the ecological “flexibility” of the tick and bacterium and the complex roles that biotic and abiotic factors play in influencing disease risk. More knowledge about the ecology and evolution of ticks and tick-borne pathogens clearly is needed to predict and mitigate disease risk in the future. Additionally, the biologically and socially complex nature of Lyme disease requires improved communication and collaboration among many disciplines, health practitioners, patients, and the public. As such, the Lyme disease system provides an apt opportunity to conduct research in the frameworks of One Health and Conservation Medicine. My lab works closely with colleagues in public health at both the state and federal levels. I am a member of the CDC-funded Midwestern Center of Excellence for Vector Biology. Besides Ixodes scapularis and the Lyme disease pathogen, my lab also studies other emerging ticks and tick-borne pathogens.
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