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Media Advisory 08-016

Researchers Predict Location of Next Pandemic Disease


February 15, 2008

Scientists from four well-known institutions will discuss new research that predicts where the next pandemic, like HIV/AIDS or SARS, could occur during a telephone news conference 10 a.m. EST, Tuesday, Feb. 19.

A question-and-answer period will follow the scientists' presentations. The research results announced during the conference will appear in the Feb. 21 issue of Nature, which also is hosting the call.

(Please note that all information disclosed in this teleconference will remain embargoed until 1 p.m. EST, Thursday, Feb. 21.)

Funding for the study was provided by the National Science Foundation.

Participants in the conference are:

  • Kate Jones, lead author and senior research fellow at the Zoological Society of London

  • Peter Daszak, executive director of the Consortium for Conservation Medicine at Wildlife Trust

  • John Gittleman, dean, University of Georgia's Odum School of Ecology

  • Marc Levy, deputy director of the Center for International Earth Science Information Network

  • Rita Teutonico, coordinator, National Science Foundation's Human and Social Dynamics priority area

For media who wish to take part in the news conference: callers within the United States and elsewhere outside the United Kingdom can dial +44-203-003-2666; callers in the United Kingdom can dial 0845-359-0170. All callers will be required to give the passcode: Nature Press Briefing. Please notify Bobbie Mixon in advance at 703-292-8485 or bmixon@nsf.gov if you plan to join the teleconference.

A digital recording of the news conference will be available. Details for accessing the file and digital images will be given during the conference.

-NSF-

Media Contacts
Bobbie Mixon, NSF, (703) 292-8485, bmixon@nsf.gov

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