Past symposiums



Title Name Institution Talk Title File Name


Session: Foodborne and Enteric Disease

Prof Martyn Kirk Australian National University The Global Burden of Foodborne Disease pdf Kirk_M_ANU_OHA2016.pdf (5.95MB)
Prof Nigel French Massey University The emergence of Campylobacter jejuni ST-6964 in poultry and humans in New Zealand: a new twist in the campy story  pdf French_N_MAU_OHA2016.pdf (2.50MB)
Prof John Crump University of Otago Invasive Salmonella infections in Africa pdf Crump_J_UoO_OHA2016.pdf (1.11MB)
Prof Adrian Cookson AgResearch Escherichia coli community diversity – hitch-hiking for the solution. pdf Cookson_A_AgR_OHA2016.pdf (1.59MB)


Session: Pathogen Evolution

Dr Patrick Biggs Massey University The core genome and beyond: comparative bacterial pathogenomics and functional gene analysis in foodborne pathogens pdf Biggs_P_MAU_OHA2016.pdf (1.76MB)
Dr Paul Gardner University of Canterbury A profile-based method for identifying functional divergence of orthologous genes in bacterial genomes pdf Gardner_P_UoC_OHA2016.pdf (1.02MB)
Dr Tim Vaughan University of Auckland Exploring the Phylodynamics of seasonal influenze in New Zealand


Session: Prevention, Policy, Social responsibility and Communication

  Peter Griffin Science Media Centre Effective communication by scientists - what should society expect?  
Dr Siouxsie Wiles University of Auckland Effective engagement: what makes infectious diseases different? pdf Wiles_S_UoA_OHA2016.pdf (3.24MB)
Dr Scott Gallacher MPI Preventing Food-Borne Disease pdf Gallacher_S_MPI_OHA2016.pdf (1.45MB)
Dr  John Potter MoH Preventing infectious diseases - What do regulators and policy makers expect fron scientists?  
Dr Susan Jack University of Otago Evaluating a national prevention programme for Rheumatic Fever  


Open Session

Prof Patricia Priest University of Otago Taking care in the garden. Risk factors for Legionella longbeachae Legionnaires’ disease: case control study  
Dr Richard Hall ESR MinION nanopore sequencing for the detection of pathogens  
Dr Xochitl Morgan University of Otago Biogeographic relationships in the gut microbiome: lessons from Macaca mulatta  


Profered Papers Session

Dr Matloob Husain University of Otago Histone deacetylase 1: a newly identified antiviral host factor of influenze A virus  
Dr Sofia Khanum Massey University Large outer membrane channels - chink in the armour of Gram-negative bacteria?  
Dr Samuel Bloomfield Massey University Evolution of Campylobacter in a ‘persistently’ colonised human host pdf Bloomfield_S_MAU_OHA2016.pdf (1.24MB)
Dr David Welch University of Auckland Directly estimating epidemic curves from genomic data pdf Welch_D_UoA_OHA2016.pdf (2.24MB)


Session: Modelling transmission dynamics

Dr Carolyn Gates Massey University Controlling infectious disease through the targeted manipulation of contact network structure.  
Prof Mick Roberts Massey University How mathematical epidemiology became a field of Biology pdf Roberts_M_MAU_OHA2016.pdf (21.57MB)
Dr Julia Gog University of Cambridge Spatial transmission of 2009 pandemic influenza in the US  
Session: Responding to emerging infectious diseases    
Dr Michael Baker University of Otago Pandemics: Would a typology improve out ability to prepare and respond? pdf Baker_M_UoO_OHA2016.pdf (2.17MB)
Dr David Hayman Massey University Policy and Science for Global Health Security: Lessons from the West African Ebola Outbreak pdf Hayman_D_MAU_OHA2016.pdf (2.85MB)
Prof John Mackenzie Curtin University and Pathwest Emerging and re-emerging viral diseases: what are the threats and challenges pdf Mackenzie_J_CUPP_OHA2016.pdf (2.43MB)
Prof Paul Klenerman University of Oxford New vaccine approaches for infectious diseases pdf Klenerman_P_UoO_OHA2016.pdf (1.18MB)


Session: Antimicrobial resistance - New research, strategies for management and control

Prof Greg Cook University of Otago New TB drugs work by a common mechanism  
Prof Mark Thomas University of Auckland Antimicrobial Stewardship: how to prolong the utility of available antibiotics pdf Thomas_M_UoA_OHA2016.pdf (0.07MB)
Dr Shirley Crawshaw MoH Development of a national antimicrobial resistance strategy  pdf Crawshaw_S_MoH__OHA2016.pdf (1.52MB)
Dr Mark Bryan NZVA My family and other animals: AMR and the role of veterinarians in global health pdf Bryan_M_NZVA_OHA2016.pdf (1.74MB)


Session: Interfaces in epidemiology 2

Prof Andrea 't Mannetje Massey University Antibiotics and chronic conditions in childhood: is there a link?  
Dr David Wilkinson Massey University Wild animals as reservoirs of novel and emerging paramyxoviruses. pdf Wilkinson_DA_MAU_OHA2016.pdf (2.15MB)
Dr Jackie Benschop Massey University Leptospirosis - a global disease but a local phenomenon pdf Benschop_J_MAU_OHA2016.pdf (2.26MB)
Dr Simon Kingham University of Canterbury What can geohealth add to infectious disease research?  


Session: One Health, The Big Picture

Dr Pete Jolly Massey University Strengthening Epidemiology Capacity Using a One Health Framework in South Asia pdf Jolly_P_MAU_OHA2016.pdf (1.92MB)
Dr David Murdoch University of Otago, Canterbury District Health Board OHA: opportunities and aspirations. pdf Murdoch_D_CDHB_OHA2016.pdf (1.42MB)
Prof John Mackenzie Curtin University and Pathwest One Health EcoHealth 2016 pdf JM_OHA2016.pdf (1.90MB)



 IDReC-University of Otago-ESR Mini-Symposium 2014

The symposium was co-hosted by Massey University (IDReC), the University of Otago (The Infection Group) and the Institute of Environmental Science and Research LtD.

 Day 1

Session 1 Antimicrobial resistance in humans and other animals

  • Game of clones: S. aureus infections in New Zealand: Dr Debbie Williamson pdf DebbieWilliamson
  • Discovery of inhibitors of energy generation in Mycobacterium tuberculosis: a game changer in the fight against MDR/XDR TB: Prof Greg Cook pdf GregCook
  • What do we know about multidrug-resistant bacteria in New Zealand pets?: Dr Eve Pleydell pdf EvePleydell
  • Contemporary epidemiology of Gram-negative resistance in New Zealand: Helen Heffernan pdf HelenHeffernan

Session 2 New research on infectious disease

  • MAIT cells - a new player in innate immunity to bacterial infection: Dr James Ussher pdf JamesUssher
  • Fever aetiology: bacterial zoonoses and global health: Prof John Crump pdf JohnCrump
  • Investigations on the use of BCG vaccine and DIVA tests for control of Mycobacterium bovis infection in cattle in New Zealand: Prof Bryce Buddle pdf BryceBuddle

Session 3 The role of microbiomes and pathogens in both communicable and non-communicable diseases

  • Microbial community analysis of the ruminant gut and potential impact on pathogen colonisation and expdf Murdoch_D_CDHB_OHA2016.pdf (1.42MB) 
    cretion: A/Prof Adrian Cookson pdf AdrianCookson
  • Dysbiosis - what are you going to do about it?: Prof Gerald Tannock pdf GeraldTannock
  • Microbial diversity and non-communicable diseases: Prof Jeroen Douwes pdf JeroenDouwes
  • We don't know why you're sick, it must be a virus. Metagenomics may provide the answer: Dr Richard Hall pdf RichardHall

Session 4 Dealing with emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases in New Zealand

  • Can comparing models of measles introductions into New Zealand and Ebola virus outbreaks in West Africa lead to better control of both?: Dr David Hayman pdf DavidHayman
  • Epidemics models with uncertainty - application to influenza: Prof Mick Roberts pdf MickRoberts
  • Bayesian data assimilation for Theileriosis in New Zealand -  has anyone seen the vector?: Dr Chris Jewell pdf ChrisJewell


 Day 2

Session 1 New research on infectious disease 

  • A new concept in Immunodiagnosis that discriminates between Infection, Disease, Protective immunity, Heritability Resilience and Susceptibility: Prof Frank Griffin
  • Pneumonia aetiology: why is it so difficult to distinguish pathogens from innocent bystanders?: Prof David Murdochpdf DavidMurdoch
  • Toxoplasma in the marine environment: from cat poo to kai moana: Dr Wendi Roe pdf WendiRoe
  • The rising incidence of rheumatic fever in Maori and Pacific children: can it be stopped?: Prof Michael Baker pdf MichaelBaker

Session 2 Genomic epidemiology and pathogen evolution in New Zealand - more data, better tools, greater insight

  • From phylogenetic trees to phylodynamic trees: Dr David Welch pdf DavidWelch
  • Genomic epidemiology: what is it and how will it influence public health decision making: Prof Nigel French pdf NigelFrench
  • Recombination-aware analysis of bacterial sequence data using BEAST 2: Dr Tim Vaughan pdf TimVaughan
  • Whole genome sequencing for sourcing Bovine Tuberculosis herd breakdowns in New Zealand: Dr Marian Price-Carter pdf MarianPriceCarter
 Session 3 New research on infectious disease
  • Household contact Neisseria meningitidis disease-carriage pairs: a tool to dissect virulence: Dr Una Ren pdf UnaRen
  • Paratuberculosis -pathogen typing and modelling to explore transmission and virulence: Prof Cord Heuer pdf CordHeuer

Disease Ecology and Pathogen Evolution (DEPE) Workshop 2013

Allan wilson centre and co-sponsored by IDReC

Programme pdf DEPE_programme  

Day 1

Disease ecology and pathogen evolution / molecular and genomic epidemiology of shigatoxingenix E.coli infection in humans in New Zealand: case control study. Professor Nigel French and Patricia Jaros. pdf DEPE_french_Jaros

Water quality, metagenomics and the microbial community in DoC campground water. Ben Phiri. Evolution of Campylobacter jejuni, host association and niche specialism. Anja Friedrich pdf Friedrich

How research into disease ecology and pathogen evolution influences policy and the management of infection disease. Dr Craig Thornley. pdf Thornley

Effects of bottlenecks on immunity genes in NZ’s threatened birds. Dr Catherine Grueber. pdf Grueber

The tale of the takahe translocations – from networks to next generation. Zoe Grange.An Australian Abroad – the secret life of the brushtail possum. Kyle Richardson. pdf Richardson

Integrating wildlife movement models with infectious disease dynamics. Dr Chris Jewell. pdf Jewell

A short speculative history of avipoxvirus in New Zealand birds. Associate Professor Brett Gartrell. pdf Gartrell

Applying pathogen discovery techniques to wildlife disease issues in New Zealand. Dr Dan Tompkins. pdf Tompkins

Day 2 

Campylobacter, compatibility and clonal frames. Dr Barbara Holland. pdf Holland

Source attribution models. Dr Jonathan Marshall. pdf Marshall 

Modelling the interaction between virus epidemiology and evolution. Professor Mick Roberts pdf Roberts

Bayesian phylodynamics for infectious diseases. Dr Tim Vaughan.Whole-genome gene expression in complex multi-species systems. Dr Murray Cox. pdf Cox 

Host specific virulence in Pseudomonas syringae pv. actinidiae. Dr Honour McCann. 

PSA outbreak origins and evolutionary dynamics in the source population. Professor Paul Rainey. pdf Rainey 


IDReC Symposium 2012

Day 1

Session 1:

From takahç and microarrays to the Reverend Bayes - the work of the Molecular Epidemiology and Public Health Laboratory (mEpiLab). Professor Nigel French pdf French (8.73MB) 

Session 2:

Infectious disease epidemiology, from microbes to Markov. Professor Tim Carpenter pdf FISS_EpiCentre_IVABS  

Session 3:

Evolutionary process, population structure and opportunistic pathogens. Professor Paul Rainey

Comparative genomics of the kiwifruit pathogen Pseudomonas syringae pv. Actinidiae.


Keynote address:

Standards for design and reporting of validation studies for diagnostic assays used for detection of terrestrial and aquatic pathogens: are they eeded? Professor Ian Gardner pdf FISS_Gardner_UPEI

The antibiotic treatment of bacterial infections: Pharmacodynamics, meets population dynamics, meets immunology. Professor Bruce Levin pdf FISS_Levin_EUAt

Day 2

Session 4:

Infectious agents and non-communicable diseases. Professor Jeroen Douwes pdf FISS_Douwes_CPHR (3.49MB) 

Cancer in meat workers: a role for infectious organisms? Dr Dave McLean pdf FISS_McLean_CPHR (1.79MB) 

Session 5:

Statistical modelling and inference for spatio-temporal disease processes. Professor Martin Hazelton. pdf FISS_Hazelton_IFS

Livestock and Likelihoods: statistical risk forecasting for epidemic disease outbreaks. Dr Chris Jewell. pdf FISS_Jewell_IFS 

Session 6:

Epidemic generations and threshold quantities: the use of mathematical models to understand disease dynamics. Professor Mick Roberts. pdf FISS_Roberts_IIMS (24.22MB) 

Keynote Address:

Infectious diseases and poverty: Still marching on together in New Zealand. Associate Professor Michael Baker. pdf FISS_Baker_Otago (1.44MB) 

The vision in focus: Eliminating human tuberculosis in the 21st century. Professor Christopher Dye.