Emerging Mosquito-borne Diseases – Prediction, Prevention, Preparation and Response 

February 13, 2017 from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM ET

 

Offered by the National Collaborating Centre for Infectious Disease (NCCID)

This webinar was available in English only.


Concept

In Canada, it is anticipated that climate change will increase the geographic range and distribution of insect vectors that are known to transmit disease and introduce new challenges to the public health system.

In this panel presentation, experts will discuss what is known and unknown about emerging mosquito-borne diseases of concern to Canadians, including those caused by West Nile virus and Zika virus infections. Particular attention will be given to current public health strategies, diagnostics, surveillance and research in prediction, prevention and response, as well as the prospective impacts of climate change on disease risk and transmission. Implications for public health practice and policy will be discussed.

One hour will be dedicated to presentations and brief Q+A, followed by a 30 min interactive discussion period with panelists. Registrants will have the opportunity to submit questions of interest prior to the webinar.

Learning objectives will be tailored to meet several Minimum Competencies for Medical Officers of Health in Canada (PHPC, 2009), in the following domains:

  • Monitoring and assessing the health of the public
  • Public health consultant
  • Investigating and mitigating immediate risks to human health
  • Policy, planning and program development
  • Communication, collaboration and advocacy for the public’s health 



Speakers

Dr. Nick Ogden

Dr. Nick Ogden is a senior research scientist and Director of Public Health Risk Sciences division within the National Microbiology Laboratory of the Public Health Agency of Canada, focusing on the ecology, epidemiology and genetic diversity of vectors and zoonotic and vector-borne micro-organisms, assessing impacts of climate change and developing tools for public health adaptation in the field of zoonoses.

Dr. Ogden is a UK-trained veterinarian (University of Liverpool, 1983). After 10 years of mixed clinical practice, he completed a doctorate in Lyme disease ecology at the Department of Zoology, University of Oxford in 1996 and spent six years as a lecturer at the Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Liverpool, continuing his research into the ecology and epidemiology of tick-borne diseases. In 2002 he moved to Canada, where he continued research on the ecology of Lyme disease and other zoonoses and climate change as a Research Scientist at the Public Health Agency of Canada. As interim Director of the Environmental Issues Division of the Public Health Agency of Canada he directed a program on climate change and vector and water-borne disease risks, and community adaptation to these risks. As Director of the Zoonoses Division he directed programs on national coordination, surveillance and prevention of zoonoses including Lyme disease and West Nile virus.

Dr. Ogden will describe the context of climate change and its impacts on mosquito-borne disease risk and epidemiology in Canada, as well as current research in disease modelling and prediction.

 

Dr. Mike Drebot

 Dr. Mike Drebot is the Director of the Zoonotic Diseases and Special Pathogens (ZDSP) section within the National Microbiology Laboratory (NML), Public Health Agency of Canada (Winnipeg). He is also an Associate Professor in the Medical Microbiology department at the University of Manitoba. 

The focus of his research and reference services activities has been to work with colleagues at ZDSP and various partners / collaborators on the establishment of applied and basic research programs for various zoonotic & vector borne disease agents including: arboviruses (such as West Nile virus and Zika viruses) and rodent-borne pathogens such as hantaviruses.  During his presentation Dr. Drebot will provide an overview on response efforts dealing with mosquito-borne virus emergence including diagnostic development, epidemiological studies, and basic research approaches / initiatives.

 

Dr. Robbin Lindsay

Robbin Lindsay is a medical entomologist who is currently is employed with the Public Health Agency of Canada at the National Microbiology Laboratory (NML) in the Zoonotic Disease and Special Pathogens section.  The focus of his work is laboratory and field-based surveillance for various zoonotic disease agents including: Lyme borreliosis and other tick-associated infection, hantaviruses and other rodent associated pathogens and mosquito-borne infections like West Nile virus and Zika virus.  His program balances reference diagnostic services, surveillance activities and applied research projects and ultimately the information gained from these core activities are used to better define the risk factors, geographic distribution and intervention strategies available to minimize human exposure to zoonotic disease agents.

 Dr. Lindsay will be speaking to emerging research and public health strategies in vector prevention, response and control.

 

Accreditation

This event is approved for up to 6.5 credits by the Office for Continuing Professional Development. The Office for CPD, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University is fully accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of Canadian Medical Education (CACME). This event is an Accredited Group Learning Activity as defined by the Maintenance of Certification program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

Through an agreement between the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and the American Medical Association, physicians may convert Royal College MOC credits to AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Information on the process to convert Royal College MOC credit to AMA credit can be found at www.ama-assn.org/go/internationalcme. Each physician should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

 

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