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The Institute for Ecosystems and Sustainability Research of the National Autonomous University of Mexico along with the Basque Centre for Climate Change are looking for a postdoctoral candidate to cover a position on multiple values of nature. The call was launched a month ago with response from some candidates which have already been evaluated, however the institution has extended it’s deadlines to February 8, 2017, allowing further candidates to participate in the process.

The postdoctoral activity will explore how multiple values of nature and its contributions to quality of life have been incorporated in decision making ant global, national and local scales. Its main purpose is to recognize and suggest mechanisms or processes into decision-making at a rage of scales, to explicitly incorporate multiple values of nature.

Please download the announcement here and contact David González from the IPBES TSU on Values for further details on the call (david.glez.2990@gmail.com). P.K Subban Jersey

Click here to read January’s Communiqué from the new IAEH president, Dr. Kerry Arabena. Dr. Arabena’s Address may be viewed hereLee Roy Selmon Authentic Jersey

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The International Association for Ecology and Health is proud to introduce the nominees for the IAEH Board elections, to be held on 5 December in Melbourne, Australia.

The IAEH received eight nominations of members willing to serve on our Association Board. These nominees come from varied backgrounds and diverse cultures. All of them would make an excellent addition to the Association.

Information about each candidate is provided in the nomination package.   If you will not be attending the conference, consider voting in the Board elections by proxy. The proxy form may be found in the nomination package or downloaded here.

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The GDRI Ecosystem health and environmental disease ecology (GDRI EHEDE) program (http://gdri-ehede.univ-fcomte.fr) was created in 2013. Supported by the French CNRS,  its objective is to promote exchanges and bring better legibility to collaborative research in Asia, Europe and North America, linking ecosystem health (e.g. the long-term sustainability of ecological processes and the integrity of ecosystem services) and disease ecology (e.g. the processes by which diseases can sustain or be controlled in a given ecosystem).

It is based on the principles of EcoHealth and aims to use the momentum that has been gained by fruitful cooperation between European and Asian researchers for more than 20 years to move ahead and develop conditions where researcher in conservation biology, population ecology, human and animal health can meet, develop their own research, exchange and cooperate in a multi-disciplinary framework. We consider it essential to develop parallel paths, bridges and sustainable long-term interactions between disciplines that can contribute to ecohealth studies. This program brings together researchers from Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Japan, United Kingdom.

Main research issues:

  • Ecology of Cestode transmission in Asia, Europe and North America. Cestode zoonoses (Echinococcoses, Taeniases, Cysticercoses) are neglected zoonotic diseases which are highly endemic in western China, Central Asia and Europe and there is indication of emergence (or increased awareness ?) of multilocularis in North America. The life-cycle of those diseases ranges from merely sylvatic to merely domestic and offers unique opportunities to understand, in a systems approach, how anthropogenic human disturbance of ecosystems leads to transmission re-enforcement, sustained stability or to extinction in various conditions.
  • Wildlife ecology and ecosystem health. Here we focus on wildlife human conflicts such as those triggered by small mammal population surges (potentially resulting in increased parasite transmission) as a consequence of landscape and agricultural practice alterations, conservation of species such as the black and white snub-nosed monkey in a context of global warming and increasing agricultural encroachment in pristine high altitude forest habitats, management of increasing Asian elephant populations in Yunnan in a mosaic of forest and intensive agriculture.
  • Permanent workshop on adaptive monitoring, data management and modelling. Environmental sciences and ecology depend increasingly on long-term monitoring of ecosystems. This is also the case for public health as well as for conservation issues where it is also crucial to record disease events, population dynamics and history for the long term and on multiple spatial and temporal scales. Here we share experience in long term multi-disciplinary study design and adaptive monitoring in the field of ecosystem health and environmental diseases ecology. The objective is to harness participants for organising adaptive monitoring programmes in complex systems and manage data on the long term. Moreover, The GDRI EHEDE focusing on integrated systemic approaches to health (ecosystem, animal, human) and their practical applications has a special concern about spatially explicit and multiscale modelling.

The GDRI EHEDE benefits from the infrastructures of ILTER-France, especially the Zone atelier Arc jurassien (http://zaaj.univ-fcomte.fr/?lang=en) and from collaborations with various partners in Western China and Yunnan (Public and Animal Health authorities, Forest services, National Parks, Reserves, etc.)

Members of the IAEH are warmly welcome to contact any member of the GDRI EHEDE for more information or collaboration:

News and events are frequently updated on the GDRI EHEDE website http://gdri-ehede.univ-fcomte.fr

 

[author][author_info]Patrick Giraudoux – Professor of Ecology at the Chrono-environment department of the University of Bourgogne Franche-Comté/ CNRS and senior member of the Institut Universitaire de France (https://chrono-environnement.univ-fcomte.fr/spip.php?article232&lang=en). He coordinates the Zone atelier Arc jurassien (http://zaaj.univ-fcomte.fr/?lang=en) and the GDRI Ecosystem Health and Environmental Disease Ecology (http://gdri-ehede.univ-fcomte.fr). He is the foreign director of the Wildlife Management and Ecosystem Health department at the Yunnan University of Finance and Economics, Kunming, China. He is a landscape ecologist working on small mammal population ecology, Echinococcus multilocularis transmission and conservation issues. His study fields are mostly mountainous areas of Europe and Western China.[/author_info] [/author] Joe Gilliam Authentic Jersey

Kunming, China. September 19-20, 2016 – Key partners of the Field Building Leadership Initiative (FBLI), including more than 30 researchers and policy makers from 4 FBLI participating countries (Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia and China) assembled at the Grand Park Hotel in Kunming, China. The events were hosted by Kunming Medical University in collaboration with the FBLI-Coordinating Unit with the aim to share and synthesize main findings of country research projects; address the implications of main findings on policy in the region; and share country main lessons of FBLI research projects.

Participants of the meeting

In the afternoon on 20 September 2016, the FBLI organized a media briefing session where representatives from 4 media organizations in China joined the session. The context of agricultural intensification and health in the region was presented. Four lead researchers from each of the country project teams presented their work to the media and there were opportunities for questions and answers. Findings from these studies are crucial to the development of national and regional agricultural development strategies in each country as well as joint strategy of region as a whole.

Welcome speech by Professor Li Yan, Vice President of KMU

FBLI media event in Kunming 20 September 2016

Following the workshop and media briefing, on September 21, 2016, the FBLI regional core group leaders met at Kunming Medical University to discuss the up-coming final FBLI technical report, along with next steps after the FBLI.

FBLI is a five year program, funded by the Canadian International Development Research Center, which focuses on solving human health problems associated with agricultural intensification and other challenges in SEA and China, where, agricultural intensification has and is further expected to have profound implications for ecosystems and health. More than 20 partner institutions representing a range of expertise and sectors are participating in FBLI research component.

Further regional and national dissemination of FBLI finding

A regional policy brief entitled “Health and environmental impact of agricultural intensification: Translating Ecohealth program-derived knowledge into practice” from FBLI has been published (link here) and is being disseminated to targeted audience.

Participant of FBFI finding dissemination in Hue city 20 September 2016

In Vietnam, VPHA together with FBLI Coordinating Unit and Health and Agriculture bodies of Hue province organized a workshop to disseminate FBLI results as well as discuss the link of Ecohealth and One Health. The news of this event can be found here. It is expected that FBLI findings will be disseminated in various channels in different countries and the region.

Visit FBLI website for further information www.ecohealthasia.net

The final report of FBLI project can be download here 

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Maya stakeholder meeting_2016

photo by Monica Berger Gonzalez

Together with Prof. Brigit Obrist, Dept. of Anthroplogy, University of Basel and partners from the Universita del Valle, Guatemala, Jakob Zinsstag, president of IAEH, visited a new project site in Peten, Guatemala.

The project aims to implement a transdisciplinary dialogue on surveillance and control of zoonoses among Maya communities.

 

 

[author]  [author_info]Jakob Zinsstag is deputy head of the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute and President of the IAEH. He is interested in the health of mobile pastoralists and zoonoses control in Africa and Asia. [/author_info] [/author] John Stallworth Womens Jersey

The International Association for Ecology and Health is seeking to fill three vacancies on the Board. Click here to read the announcement and or download the nomination form hereShawn Williams Womens Jersey

Recipient of a 2016 IAEH Small Grant Award

Many media stories have supported claims about both the risks and benefits of fish consumption. This leads to much interest, but also some confusion regarding whether it’s safe to consume fish – especially for pregnant women and for children.

BeneFISHiary is a mobile “app” that helps users make informed decisions about the fish they eat. Developed for Bermudians, who are strongly connected to the marine environment that surrounds them, BeneFISHiary provides the best evidence-based information available on local and imported fish regarding their average mercury and nutrient (omega-3 fatty acids and selenium) concentrations. Users can also learn more on the environmental sustainability of various fish species found in the seas that surround Bermuda.

The creators of this app are a multidisciplinary team including an epidemiologist from the University of Hawai‘i (Dr. Catherine Pirkle), an anthropologist and conservationist (Dr. Philippe Rouja), and a designer who specializes in creating interactive stories powered by technologies (Mr. Tidjane Tall). The inspiration for BeneFISHiary originated from concerns about communication gaps between the Bermuda Department of Health, healthcareproviders on the islands, and pregnant women.

Briefly, research in the early 2000s that was initiated by the team’s late mentor- Dr. Eric Dewailly- found elevated blood concentrations of mercury in Bermudian pregnant women. These levels were high enough to adversely affect the health and development of the children exposed during pregnancy. The researchers found that locally harvested fish species were mostly responsible for the elevated mercury levels. Subsequently, the team sampled several hundred local fish species to measure their mercury concentrations, as well as the beneficial nutrients of omega-3 fatty acids and selenium. The later two nutrients may counteract some of the adverse consequents of mercury exposure. The researchers then created Bermuda-specific fish consumption guidelines that were shared with the Bermuda Department of Health and healthcare providers serving pregnant women. These guidelines highlighted a multitude of local fish species that were low in mercury and high in omega-3 fatty acids and thus safe to eat. These guidelines specifically aimed to avoid scaring women away from fish during pregnancy by providing nuanced information that was species-specific. However, there were communication difficulties and the risks of fish consumption were overemphasized.

In the years following the dissemination of these guidelines, blood mercury concentrations in Bermudian pregnant women dropped five-fold. While this drop was a public health success, there were concerns that overall fish intake was falling. In 2013, Dr. Pirkle and Dr. Rouja conducted a study examining public health messaging about fish consumption during pregnancy. Their work demonstrated that healthcare providers and the Internet were the primary sources of information about fish consumption during pregnancy and that pregnant women and their providers were confused about which fish should or should not be consumed during pregnancy. Some healthcare providers were counseling pregnant women to reduce fish consumption to no more than two servings per week, even though many local fish species could be consumed without restriction. Unfortunately, some of the messages provided by local healthcare professionals may have been depriving pregnant women in Bermuda of essential nutrients found in fish that our important to optimal child development.

Thus, to assist providers and pregnant women on the islands, we created BeneFISHiary. With this mobile app, users can search local species and obtain the most recent information about average mercury concentrations, as well as healthy nutrients. Moreover, the app contains species-specific sustainability details, given concerns about overfishing in the Atlantic. It is beautifully illustrated, user-friendly, and even contains tasting notes for users curious to try new fish in their cooking. The creators of this app hope to scale-it up to other communities with strong local ties to the ocean. To try BeneFISHiary, download it from your local app store or visit: http://benefishiary.com.

 

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Catherine M. Pirkle  |  cmpirkle@hawaii.edu

Dr. Pirkle is an epidemiologist whose interests center on improving the health and well-being of pregnant women and young children around the world. Her activities strive to improve both provider and patient knowledge on the health risks associated with mercury from diets rich in fish and other seafood, as well as balance these with the nutritional benefits that can come with these foods. Finally, she is deeply concerned about the state of the planet’s oceans, which are being overfished at an extraordinary rate, and hopes that her work can better inform consumers about the sustainability of the foods they eat.

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Given the massive interest in this unique transdisciplinary event, the abstract submission deadline has been extended to June 24th 2016. Visit the Congress website to submit your abstract, including an opportunity to submit ‘late breaking abstracts’ in August 2016. Jason Peters Womens Jersey