CIIE Workshop ‘Translating Disease Ecology & Evolution Research to Policy’

We are pleased to announce this CIIE Workshop will be held on Tuesday 31st May 2011 at Ashworth Laboratories, University of Edinburgh.
This will be an afternoon event.
 
The aim of the workshop is to focus on how to promote meaningful interactions between policy makers and researchers. There will be presentations from invited speakers that are experts in translating research into policy. The talks will focus on how to bridge the divide between academic research and policy, where there is already overlap, where more is needed, and how we can contribute to building those links.

The central question of our workshop is "How do we promote meaningful interactions between policy makers and researchers?" One of the strengths of research in the CIIE is taking an ecological and evolutionary perspective to studying disease. This approach builds on the foundations of knowledge generated from biomedical research, and adds considerable value. Indeed, unravelling the ecological and evolutionary explanations for disease is central to predicting how parasites and pathogens will adapt in response to interventions, such as drugs and vaccines, and to other changes in their environment.

However, it is often hard to find an evolutionary ecological perspective in health policy documents and decisions, and overcoming the historical inertia of these 'disciplines' being separate will be a major challenge. Obviously, there are myriad factors that are considered by policy makers, including practical issues - how can host health be improved? - and economic - what can be afforded with limited resources? Those who study disease ecology & evolution want to be able to contribute their perspective to these discussions.

There will be presentations from invited speakers that are experts in translating research to policy. These talks will focus on how to bridge the divide between academic research and policy, where there is already overlap, where more is needed, and how we can open lines of communication and build links between academic research and policy.

Programme:
1:00 Welcome
1:30 Petra Schneider & Nicole Mideo: ‘Introduction and Aims’
CIIE, University of Edinburgh
1:40 Prof. Mark Woolhouse: ‘How to put models into policy making (and when not to)’
Chair of Infectious Disease Epidemiology, University of Edinburgh
2:00 Dr. Chris Dye 'National and international policies to mitigate disease threats: what is possible and what is not?'
Director, Office of Health Information, HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, Malaria &  Neglected Tropical Diseases WHO, Geneva
2:45 Coffee break
3:15 Dr. Katherine Smith 'The politics of ideas: the complex relationship between research and policy in public health'
Lecturer, Global Public Health Unit, School of Social & Political Science, University of Edinburgh
4:00 Prof. Paul Hagan 'Being heard above the herd'
Director of Research & Innovation, Scottish Funding Council
4:45 Panel discussion led by CIIE fellow Michael Tildesley
5:30 End

Coffee and tea will will be provided for all registered attendees.

If you registered but will not be able to attend the event, please let us know by e-mailing CIIE office on ciie@ed.ac.uk

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