rachel_lowe_creaftalks
CREAF
Sala de Graus II. Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
08193 Cerdanyola del Vallès Barcelona
Spain

CREAF Talk with Rachel Lowe - "Decision-support tools for climate-sensitive infectious diseases"

Thursday, May 23, 2024

TITLE: "Decision-support tools for climate-sensitive infectious diseases"

DATE: Thursday, 23th May 2024.

TIME & FORMAT: form 12 to 1pm CET - In-person and online.

Seminars will combine in-person and online formats (CREAF, Sala Graus II, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain) but in all cases, talks will be always streamed (not recorded), so they can be followed online.

HOW TO CONNECT: direct link to the conference.

SUMMARY OF THE WORKSHOP:

Extreme climatic events, environmental degradation, unplanned urbanization, and socio-economic inequalities exacerbate the risk of infectious disease emergence, spread and transmission. For example, mosquito-borne diseases, such as dengue and malaria, are highly sensitive to climate variability and climate change. A warming climate can lengthen the transmission season and alter the geographical range, potentially bringing diseases to regions which lack either population immunity or strong public health infrastructure. More frequent extreme weather events, such as storms, floods, and droughts, also affect the timing and intensity of vector and water-borne disease outbreaks. Despite the health threats of rapid environmental change, we lack the evidence-base to understand and predict the impacts of extreme events and landscape changes on disease risk, leaving communities vulnerable to increasing health threats. This talk will focus on the past, present, and future risks of emerging infectious diseases and describe the partnerships, data, and tools required to build climate resilience in climate change hotspots, including cities, the rainforest, highland areas, and small islands, to improve preparedness and response to emerging infectious disease threats and assist public health servicRachel Lowe is an ICREA Research Professor and Global Health Resilience Group Leader at the Barcelona Supercomputing Center. Rachel’s research involves co-developing policy-relevant methodological solutions to enhance surveillance, preparedness and response to climate-sensitive disease outbreaks and emergence. Rachel is a member of the World Meteorological Organization World Weather Research Programme (WWRP) and the Lancet Commission for Strengthening the Use of Epidemiological Modelling of Emerging and Pandemic Infectious Diseases. es adapt to climate change.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER:

Rachel Lowe is an ICREA Research Professor and Global Health Resilience Group Leader at the Barcelona Supercomputing Center. Rachel’s research involves co-developing policy-relevant methodological solutions to enhance surveillance, preparedness and response to climate-sensitive disease outbreaks and emergence. Rachel is a member of the World Meteorological Organization World Weather Research Programme (WWRP) and the Lancet Commission for Strengthening the Use of Epidemiological Modelling of Emerging and Pandemic Infectious Diseases.