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Abt staff will present at the 2017 Symposium of the Infectious Disease Research Talks hosted by Colorado State University. The theme of this year’s symposium is Innovation in Infectious Disease Research: Challenges & Opportunities.

Day 3 Keynote:
Friday, June 9, 8:05 – 8:45 a.m.
Decision Support Systems: Translating Research to Public Health Action
Much has been written about the importance of ensuring that research evidence informs decisions. A significant challenge is that conceptual models for research translation are interpreted and applied by different health fields in different ways. What can we do to understand and improve the ways in which researchers get their work into policy pathways?  Macgregor-Skinner will present frameworks, tools, and case-studies that promote cross-discipline collaboration among researchers, funders, and policy makers that will help ensure development of sustainable solutions that will have impact at the greatest possible scale.
Gavin Macgregor-Skinner, global health security advisor & principal associate at Abt Associates

Symposium Talk
Friday, June 9, 2:00 – 2:30 p.m.
A Geospatial Visualization Tool to Assess Zika Virus Transmission Risk Under Alternative Scenarios
Zika virus (ZIKV) has recently been recognized as a significant threat to global public health. Krasnec will present the results of a study that used a combination of data from laboratory infectivity studies with mosquitoes, environmental data related to mosquito source populations, migratory patterns of potential intermediate avian vectors, and human travel patterns to conduct a geospatial examination to assess the threat of further ZIKV outbreaks in the Western Hemisphere. The presenter will describe geospatial tools that can help decision makers assess baseline risk for local Zika virus transmission and assist them with making efficient and timely decisions regarding vector control activities. 
Michelle Krasnec, associate/scientist at Abt Associates

When: June 7 – 9, 2017
Where: University Center for the Arts, Colorado State University
For more information, visit the event website