2018 Symposium Details Coming Soon!

Ecological and Evolutionary Drivers of Human Health and Welfare - an IBEST Symposium

The Institute for Bioinformatics and Evolutionary Studies (IBEST) invites you to a regional symposium on the ecological and evolutionary drivers of human health and welfare. This symposium will bring together UI faculty with diverse research interests, in order to facilitate new collaborations across colleges. The symposium will be one day of presentations from selected faculty and postdocs, along with discussions and break out sessions around emergent themes. IBEST is particularly interested in supporting the teaching release related to grant proposal development that emerges from this symposium.

We are specifically interested in the participation of faculty who are new to campus, and/or who have disciplinary expertise in one of the following core areas:

Ecology: Microbiome research in any ecological context, community ecology, biodiversity, conservation biology, crop pests, invasive species, climate change, fire science.

Evolutionary Biology: Adaptation, Evolution of resistance in human, animal, and plant pathogens, Conservation genomics, Speciation and diversification, Genomic analyses of genetic variation and signatures of selection, Biogeography

Human Health and Welfare: Cellular mechanisms of disease, Disease vector biology, Cancer biology, Adaptive immunity and immune function, Mechanisms of infection, transmission, and resistance, Social components of human health and well being.


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This event is supported by funds from the National Institute Of General Medical Sciences of the National Institutes of Health under Award Number P30 GM103324