Influenza Transmission and the Built Environment: Understanding Modes of Transmission in a Sustainable Future

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Donald Milton, University of Maryland
Jelena Srebric, University of Maryland
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Influenza is an emerging and reemerging infection with potential for global pandemics resulting in high morbidity and mortality rates. Yet, as we approach the 100th anniversary of the great pandemic of the highly pathogenic 1918 H1N1 virus, and four years after the 2009 pandemic of the low pathogenic swine origin H1N1 virus, we still do not know how influenza is transmitted. Standard medical-infectious disease methods and even a recent large human challenge model have failed to answer the question, what is the primary mode of influenza transmission? New approaches integrating environmental measurements, building science, and aerosol science with social network analysis and state of the art molecular epidemiology are needed.

This workshop will bring together unique resources of the University of Maryland (UMD) with outside experts to map the way forward. It will explore creative new approaches to answering the transmission question critical to pandemic preparedness planning while addressing the implications of airborne infection transmission for sustainable, healthy buildings and transportation infrastructure for the future. This workshop will develop a concept paper describing the new approach and grant applications to employ the unique resources of the UMD campus as a research laboratory for the study of the intersection of sustainable built environments, social networks, and infection transmission.

Allison Aiello, University of North Carolina
Sacared Bodison, University of Maryland
Joseph Bresee, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Ben Cowling, University of Hong Kong
Irene Eckstrand, National Institutes of Health
Jacinta Felice, University of Maryland
Aubree Gordon, UC Berkeley
Michael Grantham, University of Maryland
Michael Hodgson, U.S. Department of Labor
Yuguo Li, University of Hong Kong
William Lindsley, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Richard Martinello, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Donna Metz, University of Maryland
Arnold Monto, University of Michigan
Martha Nelson, National Institutes of Health
Jonathan Nguyen-Van-Tam, University of Nottingham
Catherine Noakes, University of Leeds
John Noti, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Jovan Pantelic, University of Maryland
Andrew Pekosz, Johns Hopkins University
Trish Perl, Johns Hopkins University
Diane Post, National Institutes of Health
Joann Prosser, University of Maryland
Lewis Radonovich, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
William Rand, University of Maryland
Sonja Rasmussen, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Richard Rothman, Johns Hopkins University
Thurka Sangaramoorthy, University of Maryland
Elaine Shi, University of Maryland
Aravind Srinivasan, University of Maryland
Erik Stemmy, National Institutes of Health
Raymond Tellier, Alberta Health Services
Kwok Wai Tham, National University of Singapore
David Tilley, University of Maryland
Erik Volz, Imperial College London
Jing Yan, University of Maryland
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