Symposium held in 22nd European Meeting of the Paleopathology Association


I joined in organization and moderation (with Dr. Raffaella Bianucci, University of Warwick) of the 22nd European Meeting of the Paleopathology Association (PPA) that will be held in Zagreb from 28th August to 1st September 2018.

Please see below the details.

http://ppa2018.com/symposium/

Symposium 2: The ecology of climate change and infectious diseases: A gateway between past and present

14:30-17:30 Symposium, Grand Ballroom A

Moderators: Raffaella BIANUCCI, Dong Hoon SHIN

Long before the aetiological agents of several infectious pathogens were discovered in the 19th century, humans were aware that climatic factors affect epidemic diseases. Infectious agents- viruses, bacteria, protozoa and multicellular parasites- vary greatly in size, type and mode of transmission, their life cycles being climate-adapted. Therefore, changes in climatic conditions (i.e. temperature, precipitation, and sea level rise) and climate variability may affect human health via indirect pathways, particularly via changes in biological and ecological processes that influence infectious disease transmission and food yields. This symposium is aimed at discussing infectious disease transmission (i.e. plague, malaria, TB, leprosy, helminthic infections, viral infections) both in past and present human populations within an ecological framework.

14:30 Debunking the “human ectoparasite hypothesis”
Ole Jørgen BENEDICTOW, Raffaella BIANUCCI

14:45 Parasitic infection in a marshland climate: The Bronze Age pile dwelling settlement of Must Farm, UK (920-790 BC) **
Marissa L. LEDGER, Elisabeth GRIMSHAW, Madi FAIREY, Rachel BALLANTYNE, Mark KNIGHT, Piers D. MITCHELL

15:00 Parasites and climate in Medieval Iberia: Intestinal parasites in six Islamic period cesspits from Córdoba (Spain) and Mértola (Portugal)
Piers D. MITCHELL, Delaney KNORR, William SMITH, Marissa L. LEDGER, Leonor PEÑA-CHOCARRO, Jordà PÉREZ-GUILLEM, Rafael CLAPÉS, Maria de Fátima PALMA

15:15 Molecular detection of diseases from the European Little Ice Age in Mechelen, Belgium **
Karen L. GIFFIN, Katrien VAN DE VIJVER, Ron HÜBLER, Felix M. KEY, Susanna SABIN, Alexander HERBIG, Kirsten I. BOS

15:30 Socio-environmental changes and malaria Infection in Korea before 20th century
Dong Hoon SHIN, Min SEO, Jong Ha HONG, Eunju LEE

15:45-16:15 Coffee break

16:15 Ancient Mycobacterium leprae genomes reveal an unexpected diversity of leprosy in medieval Europe
Verena SCHUENEMANN, Charlotte AVANZI, Ben KRAUSE-KYORA, Alexander SEITZ, Alexander HERBIG, Sarah INSKIP, Michael TAYLOR, Pushpendra SINGH, Jesper BOLDSEN, Helen D. DONOGHUE, Sonia Ruth ZAKRZEWSKI, Andrej BENJAK, Kay NIESELT, Stewart COLE, Johannes KRAUSE

16:30 Drought, political decline, and tuberculosis in Huari, Peru **
Elizabeth A. NELSON, Aditya Kumar LANKAPALLI, Maria SPYROU, Åshild J. VÅGENE, Alexander HERBIG, Tiffiny A. TUNG, Kirsten I. BOS

16:45 The influence of climate on tuberculosis evolution in the late Pleistocene/early Holocene
David MINNIKIN

17:00 Disease dynamics in the Holocene Levant as reflected from the middle ear
Katarina FLOREANOVA, Hila MAY

17:15 Discussion



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