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SUNY Conversation in the DisciplinesFrom Lab to Landscape: Integrated Infectious Disease Research

January 24, 2014
SUNY-ESF Gateway Center


Thank you to everyone who participated in and supported this event! It was a great success.


Program Description

With a focus on multidisciplinary aspects of infectious diseases and environmental health, the symposium will feature distinguished speakers from research, academia, and public health practice. Topics will include current research on factors associated with the burden of emerging diseases of people and wildlife including:

  • ecological and climatic drivers
  • social and behavioral determinants
  • vector ecology and control
  • imagevaccine development and challenges
  • public health surveillance and interventions 

Program highlights include:

  • Featured address by Dr. Laura Kramer, Research Scientist at the Wadsworth Center, NY State Department of Health
  • Cutting edge research talks by ESF and Upstate investigators
  • A panel discussion on New York research and training needs and opportunities
  • Poster session with cash awards for best student posters
  • Networking opportunities during lunch and the poster session's catered reception 


This is a free, all-day long program.

Contact Us

Jenny DiMento

Mary Ann Sandiford-Day

Program Agenda

Download a printable version of the agenda HERE.
*Schedule is subject to change*

Friday, January 24, 2014

8:00 – 8:15 AM


8:15 – 8:30

Welcome and opening remarks

Neil Ringler, PhD (VP of Research, ESF)

Rosemary Rochford, PhD (VP of Research, Upstate)

8:30 - 8:45


Gregory Eastwood, MD (Interim President of SUNY Upstate Medical University)

8:45 – 9:15

Overview of environmental health, highlights of ongoing research

Sadie Ryan, PhD (ESF)

9:15 – 10:15

“Speed Talks”

Dengue fever
Anna Stewart Ibarra, PhD (Upstate)

Immunology and virology
Christine King, PhD (Upstate)

Chagas Disease
Louis Kirchoff, PhD (Univ. of Iowa)

10:15 – 10:30

Coffee break

10:30 – 11:15

Share experiences with ESF/UMU collaborations in infectious disease research

Jennifer Moffat, PhD (Upstate)

Christopher Nomura, PhD (ESF)

11:15 – 12:00 PM

Perspective on ongoing research on NYS vector borne diseases, and workforce needs in NYS

Laura Kramer, PhD (Wadsworth Center, NYSDOH)

12:00 – 1:00


1:00 – 2:00

Expert panel on research, training and workforce needs regarding infectious diseases in Central New York

Cynthia Morrow, MD, MPH (Com. Of Health, Onondaga County)

Rosemary Rochford, PhD (VP of Research, Upstate)

Donald Blair, MD (Prof. of Medicine, Upstate, Med. Dir. OCHD TB Program)

2:00 – 2:40

“Speed Talks”

Revealing novel links among bat ecology, genetics, and disease to understand white-nose syndrome
Leah Berkman, PhD (Inst .for Appl. Ecosys. Studies, USDA Forest Svc., Rhinelander, Wisconsin)

“Fins, feathers and fur; tracking pathogens in fish and wildlife”
Chris Whipps, PhD (ESF)

2:40 – 3:00

Closing remarks

Mark Polhemus, MD (Upstate)

Tim Endy, MD, MPH (Upstate)

3:00 - 3:15

Closing remarks

Quentin Wheeler, PhD (President of SUNY-ESY)

3:00 – 5:00

Poster Session and Awards presentation, refreshments will be served