The Use of Pathogen Genetic Data for Informing the Spread of Infectious Diseases Within and Between Individuals.

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We are delighted to invite you to a 2 day meeting on “The Use of Pathogen Genetic Data for Informing the Spread of Infectious Diseases Within and Between Individuals.” The meeting is sponsored by TriCEM (the Triangle Center for Evolutionary Medicine), and will be held on Nov. 17 and Nov. 18 at The Solution Center in Research Triangle Park. A full agenda can be found at http://bit.ly/1NTWfHv.  Epidemiologists, virologists, and infectious disease researchers are increasingly considering pathogen sequence data to address their research questions. With an increased reliance on this type of data, many of these researchers seek a more in-depth understanding of evolutionary biology, phylogenetic inference, and population genetics. In turn, evolutionary biologists with an interest or experience in analyzing pathogen sequence data often would benefit from an improved understanding of epidemiological and virological issues such as selection bias and confounding, as well as the research questions that are of greatest interest to infectious disease researchers. The purpose of this 2 day meeting is to bring together experts in infectious disease with experts in phylogenetics/population genetics from across the Triangle. The primary aim in this “meeting of the minds” is for both sets of researchers to develop a more in-depth appreciation of the complexities and issues surrounding the use of pathogen genetic data in infectious disease research. A second aim is for this meeting is to spur productive collaborative interactions between these two sets of researchers.

If you are interested, please RSVP by October 28, 2015 at the following website: http://goo.gl/forms/eQO529wJhP. There are multiple RSVP options, so if you are interested but not available on those dates, or available for only a portion of the meeting, you can indicate this on the RSVP page.

Also, the meeting is intended to be inclusive. If you know of post-doctoral researchers or graduate students who are interested in attending, please forward them this email and have them RSVP.

Sincerely,

Corbin Jones, UNC

Katia Koelle, Duke

Steve Meshnick, UNC

Jeff Thorne, NCSU

Meeting Organizing Committee

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