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Mon, Sep 11


Marie Reay Teaching Centre, Room 5.05

[Cancelled] Investigating The Drivers of Pathogen Spillover – A Case Study

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the 'Investigating the Drivers of Pathogen Spillover" ILS has been cancelled. The conference secretariat will get in touch with those who chose this ILS and will find slots for them in another ILS.

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Time & Location

Sep 11, 2023, 1:30 PM – 5:30 PM GMT+10

Marie Reay Teaching Centre, Room 5.05, 155 University Ave, Canberra ACT 2601, Australia

About The Event


Interactive Case Study

  1. 70%  of emerging disease are zoonoses but how much do we really understand about   pathogen spill over?
  2. Presented   with a real Australian case-study in an interactive format with small group   discussions, workshop participants will explore:
  • Technical, social and political aspects   of outbreak investigations
  • Whether pathogen spill over can be   predicted and prevented
  • Short- and long-term disease control   options and social acceptability


Participants will explore:

1. Technical, social and political aspects of outbreak investigations

2. Whether pathogen spill over can be predicted and prevented

3. Short- and long-term disease control options and social acceptability


1. Alison Peel is Senior Lecturer at Griffith University’s School of Environment and Science, a veterinarian and wildlife disease ecologist with expertise in the dynamics and drivers of infectious disease in wildlife — in particular, how human modification of natural systems impacts the risk of viral spillover from bats.  She is part of the Bat One Health team ( which aims to understand the root drivers of bat viral dynamics across four continents and to identify ways in which we can pre-empt and prevent spillover, particularly through sustainable ecological solutions.

2. Chris Degeling is a health social scientist and philosopher who is interested in the social and political dimensions of disease prevention. He conducts value-based social research to explore health policy problems and inform policy processes. Research interests include: human-animal health interactions; the politics and ethics of infectious disease control; and, the influence of technologies and systems on medical reasoning and public health decision making.

3. Andrew Breed is a Veterinary Epidemiologist in the Australian Government Department of Agriculture and an Honorary Associate Professor School of Veterinary Science.  His current role involves leading and managing projects in animal disease surveillance and epidemiology. He is a Diplomate of the European College of Zoological Medicine and specialist in Wildlife Population Health. He has published widely on the epidemiology and ecology of viral pathogens, is a member of the IUCN’s Wildlife Health Specialist Group, and editor for the journals EcoHealth and Epidemiology & Infection.



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