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Infectious Diseases

Urban Population, Transportation Patterns Affect How Flu Epidemics Play Out

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Monday, October 8, 2018 - 10:00am

The more people a city has and the more organized its residents' movement patterns, the longer its flu season is apt to last, according to new research co-authored by Princeton University researchers. Published in the journal Science, the findings are an important step toward predicting influenza outbreak trends.

As antibiotics fail, global consumption of antibiotics skyrockets, further driving drug resistance

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Monday, March 26, 2018 - 3:00pm

The worldwide use of antibiotics in humans soared 39 percent between 2000 and 2015, fueled by dramatic increases in low-income and middle-income countries, according to a study involving Princeton and PEI researchers. The study, which analyzed human antibiotic consumption in 76 countries, is the most comprehensive assessment of global trends to date.

ChESS Series: "Resolving Host-Microbe Conflict," with Toby Kiers

Toby Kiers, University Research Chair and professor of evolutionary biology at the University of Amsterdam, presented, "Resolving Host-Microbe Conflict," at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15, in Guyot Hall, Room 10.

Competing for blood: How ecologists are solving infectious disease mysteries

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Monday, February 12, 2018 - 1:45pm

Princeton ecologists Andrea Graham, an associate professor of ecology and environmental biologist and PEI associated faculty, and Sarah Budischak examined data from an Indonesian study of 4,000 patients who were "co-infected" with malaria and hookworm. Their ecological perspective proved vital to realizing that the co-infecting species are fighting over a shared resource: red blood cells.

Undergrads exhibit semester research for "Disease Ecology, Economics and Policy"

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Tuesday, December 19, 2017 - 11:30am

Students in the course "Disease Ecology, Economics and Policy" gathered in the Guyot Atrium Dec. 14 to present their semester research projects on the emergence and spread of disease in the context of disease ecology, economics and human behavior. The course is taught by PEI associated faculty Bryan Grenfell, the Kathryn Briger and Sarah Fenton Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Public Affairs.

To Predict How Climate Change Will Affect Disease, Researchers Must Fuse Climate Science and Biology

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Monday, September 18, 2017 - 11:00am

Predicting how climate change will affect the incidence of infectious diseases is made difficult by the complex relationship between climate and disease. In a recent review paper, PEI associated faculty Jessica Metcalf, a Princeton assistant professor of ecology and evolutionary biology and public affairs, and coauthors write that researchers need new statistical models that incorporate both climate factors and the climate-disease relationship, and account for uncertainties in both.

An immune signaling pathway for control of Yellow Fever Virus infection

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017 - 1:15pm

Princeton University researchers have uncovered a critical role for a new immune signaling pathway in controlling infection by the flavivirus Yellow Fever Virus (YFV), according to a paper published Aug. 15 in the journal mBio. The research stemmed from a 2015 Grand Health Challenges grant from the Princeton Environmental Institute.

PEI Faculty Seminar Series Video: Spatio-temporal Dynamics of Childhood Infectious Disease

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Tuesday, November 17, 2015 - 10:15am

"Spatio-temporal Dynamics of Childhood Infectious Disease: Predictability and the Impact of Vaccination" by Bryan Grenfell, Kathryn Briger and Sarah Fenton Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Public Affairs, Woodrow Wilson School.