NSF Delegation paid a visit to WIV
On 20 June 2017, Dr. Nancy S. Sung, the Head of the U.S. National Science Foundation’s (NSF) China office, Dr. Samuel Scheiner, the Program Director in the Division of Environmental Biology at the U.S. National Science Foundation where he heads the Ecology & Evolution of Infectious Disease (EEID) program, and Mr. Bo Sun, the Science Program Specialist at the NSF China Office visited Wuhan Institute of Virology and attended the exchanges meeting.
On the meeting, Prof. Yanyi Wang, Deputy Director of WIV, delivered the welcome address to the NSF Delegation. Dr. Samuel Scheiner briefed the focus, goal, scope and etc. of the Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases program. After the visit and exchange, it is believed that the Sino-U.S. participants shall initiate the collaboration under the program, and it is a shared vision that we will make further endeavor and work closely to boost the cooperative partnership on studies in emerging infectious disease in more depth, so as to make greater contributions to human health and well-being.
The Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases program supports research on the ecological, evolutionary, and socio-ecological principles and processes that influence the transmission dynamics of infectious diseases. The central theme of submitted projects must be quantitative or computational understanding of pathogen transmission dynamics. The intent is discovery of principles of infectious disease transmission and testing mathematical or computational models that elucidate infectious disease systems. Projects should be broad, interdisciplinary efforts that go beyond the scope of typical studies. They should focus on the determinants and interactions of transmission among humans, non-human animals, and/or plants. This includes, for example, the spread of pathogens; the influence of environmental factors such as climate; the population dynamics and genetics of reservoir species or hosts; the cultural, social, behavioral, and economic dimensions of disease transmission.
For more details about the EEID Program: https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2016/nsf16592/nsf16592.htm