Fall Global Health Tuesdays explore infectious diseases, vaccines and migration

The fall 2022 Global Health Tuesdays explore infectious diseases, the state of vaccines and migrant health locally to globally.

With experts from across campus and around the world, the monthly seminars host researchers and practitioners from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and across the world. The speakers showcase the complexity of global health challenges and the many kinds of expertise needed to address them. By sharing their experiences with the campus and wide-ranging audiences, these guests provide insights into global health, encourage conversation, and help connect colleagues locally and globally.

Here’s a look at this semester’s seminars and speakers:

Connecting Climate Change, Infectious Diseases and Animal Behavior

September 27
4:30-5:30 p.m. CDT
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With Lyric Bartholomay, Department of Pathobiological Sciences, Midwest Center of Excellence for Vector-borne Diseases; Jonathan Patz, Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies Center for Sustainability & the Global Environment, Department of Population Health Sciences; Benjamin Zuckerberg, Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology; and Moderator Tony Goldberg, Department of Pathobiological Sciences

The facts are startling: • From floods to heat waves to drought, the effects of climate change have been linked to more than half of infectious diseases in humans. • More than 60 percent of human infectious diseases originate in animals. • Modern climate also has well-documented effects of species and ecosystems across the world and is a threat multiplier of infectious diseases in wildlife populations.

The panel of UW experts will look at the connections between climate, infectious disease and animal behavior, looking at current research, immediate and future risks and planning for change.

  • Lyric Bartholomay, Ph.D., is a professor in the Department of Pathobiological Sciences in the School of Veterinary Medicine and director of the Upper Midwestern Center of Excellence for Vector-borne Diseases. Her research spans public health entomology and basic vector biology, and her lab tracks and tests interventions for endemic and emerging vector-borne diseases in mosquitoes and ticks. She is also a member of the GHI Advisory Committee.
  • Jonathan Patz, M.D., MPH, Vilas Distinguished Professor and John P. Holton Endowed Chair of Health and the Environment, has dual appointments in the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies and the Department of Population Health Sciences in the School of Medicine and Public Health. A pioneer in the effects of climate change on health, Patz was the inaugural director of the UW-Madison Global Health Institute, recently stepping down to pursue his climate and health work full time. He is a member of the GHI Transition Team. He served as lead author for the united Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (or IPCC) for 15 years and co-chaired the health expert panel of the U.N. National Assessment on Climate Change. He recently co-authored a study that found 58 percent of human infectious disease has been worsened by climate hazards.
  • Benjamin Zuckerberg, Ph.D., is a professor in the Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. Growing up in Brooklyn, New York, he was a latecomer to ecology, but in his undergraduate years he quickly became fascinated by how birds respond to climate change. Zuckerberg received his Masters from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and doctorate from the State University of New York where he then went on to serve as a research associate at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. His research focuses on how modern climate change and habitat loss influence wildlife behavior, abundance, and distribution. Members of his lab often work closely with natural resource managers to provide guidance on various aspects of climate change adaptation. He teaches a course on Climate Change Ecology and is a strong advocate for the role of community science in understanding how species will respond to the global pressures of the 21st century.
  • Tony Goldberg, DVM, Ph.D., is a professor in the Department of Pathobiological Sciences whose research and teaching focus on the ecology, epidemiology and evolution of infectious diseases. The overall goal is to discover generalized mechanisms that govern pathogen transmission, evolution and emergence, and to improve the health and well-being of animals and humans while helping to conserve the rapidly changing ecosystems that we share. He is also a member of the GHI Advisory Committee.

Vaccines: Where are we now?

October 18, 2022
4:30-5:30 p.m.

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With COVID-19, Vaccinations became a football in the culture wars in Wisconsin, the U.S. and beyond. With the COVID lockdowns and individual choice, children across the world missed essential vaccinations against diseases including measles and polio. A panel of experts, including former Ambassador John Lange, senior fellow for Global Health Diplomacy at the United Nations Foundation, explore the status of vaccines, locally to globally.

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Refugees, Health & Trauma Informed Care

November 29, 2022
4:30-5:30 p.m.
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Refugees are fleeing from war and violence across the world. UW experts from the Schools of Nursing and Law take a look at the health consequences and outcomes for those who have left their homes in hope for better lives. Karen Solheim, clinical professor emerita, and Pam McGranahan, clinical professor and director of the Doctorate of Nursing program, in the UW School of Nursing, and Erin Barbato, director of the Immigrant Justice Clinic in the School of Law, will examine the status of refugees in Wisconsin and across the world.