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Pulse of the Planet April 10th: An X-Ray of a Pandemic

  • 1.  Pulse of the Planet April 10th: An X-Ray of a Pandemic

    Posted 03-30-2020 12:17

    Dear Colleagues,

    I would like to share with you the upcoming webinar, as part of the "Pulse of the Planet Webinar Series" that EcoHealth Alliance and NatureServe, in collaboration with the Americas-Biodiversity Observation Network, GEO BON, and the IUCN Commission on Ecosystem Management and the Task Force on Human Health and Ecosystem Management are co-organizing.

    "An X-Ray of a Pandemic"

    Date and time: Friday, April 10th at 12:00 noon (EDT, UTC -4)

    Registration link:


    Dr. Carlos Zambrana-Torrelio

    Once again, we are facing another pandemic event in human history. One of the most serious problems we must face when a previously unknown pathogen emerges is how to combat disinformation, fear, and panic with science-based evidence. The fear that grips societies can be paralyzing, leading to health systems' and economies collapse.

    How to cut through the noise, and connect the public and decision makers to accurate first-hand information that can help prevent, anticipate and respond in a timely manner to disease outbreaks around the world? Scientists at EcoHealth Alliance are working on responding to these questions. Our guest speaker, Dr. Carlos Zambrana-Torrelio, Associated Vice President for Conservation and Health at EcoHealth Alliance and one of the few global experts working on the frontier between human health and ecosystem health, will place the current COVID-19 pandemic into context in relation to the history of human pandemics and the cost-effective solutions that were used in other cases such as the Nipah virus in Bangladesh, Ebola in Africa, and SARS in China.

    A critical element in the evolution of a pandemic is information, which ideally should be in real time and harmonized in such a way that it can be comparable and actionable. Dr. Zambrana-Torrelio as part of a multi-disciplinary team that includes veterinarians, mathematicians, ecologists and economists has been working for the last 13 years on how tools from epidemiology, ecology, evolutionary biology and geospatial modeling can be applied to develop a global surveillance program that produces the critical information that breaks the chain of transmission and prevent future outbreaks.

    Best regards


    Miguel Fernandez
    Director, Latin American and the Caribbean Programs, NatureServe