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ISNTD Climate & Health

Online conference 

24-25th October 2022



Climate change, tropical diseases and global health


Thank you for your interest in ISNTD Climate & Health scheduled for Oct 24-25th 2022! This event occurred online and was free to attend, covering research and discussions on the linkages between climate, infectious diseases (with a focus on Neglected Tropical Diseases) and global health resilience.

Presentations & panel discussions ran throughout both days, covering the sessions and topics below. Please click on the session and presentation titles to view the recordings:

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8:30-10:00 UTC  

Introduction to the evidence on the linkages between climate and diseases, focusing on infectious and tropical diseases 

Climate change and health 
Dr Diarmid Campbell-Lendrum (World Health Organisation, Head of WHO Climate Change Unit)


Over half of known human pathogenic diseases can be aggravated by climate change
Dr Tristan McKenzie (University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa / University of Gothenburg, Sweden)

Climate change and Neglected Tropical Diseases

Dr Rachel Tidman (OIE, World Organisation for Animal Health)

From a changing climate to climate change: why scale matters in the control of NTDs

Dr Mark Booth (Faculty of Medical Sciences, Newcastle University)


10:30-12:00 UTC

From local to global cooperation on climate change and health 

A climate-based AI model framework to forecast dengue epidemics

Dr Do-Hyung Kim (Lead Data Scientist at UNICEF)

Hanoch Barlevi (Climate and Data for Child Resilience Environment, UNICEF)

Dr Rochelle Schneider Dos Santos (Artificial Intelligence Applications Lead, European Space Agency) 

Impact of climate on invasive disease vectors and arboviral disease outbreaks: perspective from Sudan 

Dr Ayman Ahmed (Team Leader in Outbreaks Investigation and Risk Assessment, Directorate of Environmental Health, Sudan Federal Ministry of Health)

12:30-14:00 UTC

Modelling climate-sensitive infectious diseases

Decision-support tools to enhance public health resilience in climate change hotspots

Prof Rachel Lowe (ICREA Research Professor, Global Health Resilience Team, Barcelona Supercomputing Center, BSC)

Disease transmission regime classification for climate-sensitive disease modelling

Dr Raquel Lana (Postdoctoral researcher, Global Health Resilience Team, Barcelona Supercomputing Center, BSC)

Disentangling the role of climate and immunity in driving dengue outbreaks in Singapore

Emilie Finch (PhD student, Centre for Mathematical Modelling of Infectious Diseases, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine)

Towards an early warning system for leptospirosis in North-Eastern Argentina

Martín Lotto Batista (PhD Programme Epidemiology, Braunschweig-Hannover, Germany / Department of Epidemiology, Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research (HZI), Braunschweig, Germany / Barcelona Supercomputing Center, BSC)

14:30-16:00 UTC

Impact of climate change on tropical diseases: disease focus

The impact of climate change and mosquito-borne diseases in Africa

Dr Christine Giesen (Centro de Salud Internacional Madrid Salud, Ayuntamiento de Madrid, Madrid, Spain)

Climate change and schistosomiasis

Prof Giulio De Leo (Dept. of Earth System and Dept of Oceans, Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability, Stanford University)

The Connection between Climate Change, Surgical Care and Neglected Tropical Diseases

Hugh Shirley (Harvard Medical School) 

Chagas disease, Flooding, Climate change, and Poverty: A study case in the transboundary region of Texas and Northern Mexico 

Dr Teresa Patricia Feria (The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley) 


8:30-10:30 UTC

Partnerships between climate change & public health sector: translating knowledge to action in climate-health nexus

Addressing climate change to restore health equity 

Vanina Laurent-Ledru (Director General of Foundation S - The Sanofi Collective)

The climate crisis and infectious diseases

Joelle Tanguy (External Affairs Director, Drugs for Neglected Diseases Initiative, DNDi)

Research networks to boost climate and health integration

Dr Mawuli Leslie Aglanu (Research Fellow, African Research Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases ARNTD)

From data to decision-making and policy: a funder's perspective

Climate and infectious diseases modelling strategy

Dr Jaspreet Turner (Senior Research Manager, Modelling, Wellcome Trust)

Improving the methodology and data quality for climate-sensitive diseases 

Dr Isabel Fletcher (Technology Manager, Wellcome Trust)

The importance of robust evidence for influencing policy and decision-making

Dr Felipe Colón-González (Technology Lead, Wellcome Trust)


11:00-12:45 UTC

Methodology and approaches towards integrating climate change & health

Bolstering Public Health Resilience in the Context of Climate Change in Dominica and Puerto Rico

Dr Hannah H. Covert (Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, University of Pittsburgh)

Broad spectrum integration of climate change in health sciences curricula

Prof Oladele Ogunseitan (Professor of Population Health & Disease Prevention, University of California, Irvine)


13:30-15:30 UTC

Tackling disease control in a world of extreme climate events

From extreme climate to public health in crisis: impact of devastating floods in Pakistan 

Dr Somia Iqtadar (King Edward Medical University, Pakistan and Dengue Expert Advisory Group DEAG) 

Effect of El Niño Southern Oscillation and local weather on Aedes vector activity, a cases study in Sri Lanka
Dr Prasad Liyanage (National Institute of Health Sciences, Sri Lanka) 

Building resilience to mosquito-borne diseases through genetic biocontrol
Dr Emma Maynard (Research Manager, Infections and Climate, Wellcome Trust)

Climate events, emergency settings and public health response: example of the IR3535 repellent 

Dr Delalih Manteau (Merck)

Developing therapeutics for climate-sensitive neglected diseases

Prof Kishor Wasan (Adjunct Professor & Distinguished University Scholar, Co-Director & Co-Founder, Neglected Global Diseases Initiative, University of British Columbia) 


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