All hands on deck: Transdisciplinary approaches to emerging infectious disease

Margot W. Parkes, Leslie Bienen, Jaime Breilh, Lee Nah Hsu, Marian McDonald, Jonathan A. Patz, Joshua P. Rosenthal, Mazrura Sahani, Adrian Sleigh, David Waltner-Toews, Annalee Yassi

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Abstract

The increasing burden of emerging infectious diseases worldwide confronts us with numerous challenges, including the imperative to design research and responses that are commensurate to understanding the complex social and ecological contexts in which infectious diseases occur. A diverse group of scientists met in Hawaii in March 2005 to discuss the linked social and ecological contexts in which infectious diseases emerge. A subset of the meeting was a group that focused on "transdisciplinary approaches" to integrating knowledge across and beyond academic disciplines in order to improve prevention and control of emerging infections. This article is based on the discussions of that group. Here, we outline the epidemiological legacy that has dominated infectious disease research and control up until now, and introduce the role of new, transdisciplinary and systems-based approaches to emerging infectious diseases. We describe four cases of transboundary health issues and use them to discuss the potential benefits, as well as the inherent difficulties, in understanding the social-ecological contexts in which infectious diseases occur and of using transdisciplinary approaches to deal with them.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)258-272
Number of pages15
JournalEcoHealth
Volume2
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2005
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Emerging infectious diseases
  • HIV
  • Nipah virus
  • SARS
  • Social-ecological systems
  • Transdisciplinary

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis
  • Nature and Landscape Conservation

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Parkes, M. W., Bienen, L., Breilh, J., Hsu, L. N., McDonald, M., Patz, J. A., ... Yassi, A. (2005). All hands on deck: Transdisciplinary approaches to emerging infectious disease. EcoHealth, 2(4), 258-272. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10393-005-8387-y

All hands on deck : Transdisciplinary approaches to emerging infectious disease. / Parkes, Margot W.; Bienen, Leslie; Breilh, Jaime; Hsu, Lee Nah; McDonald, Marian; Patz, Jonathan A.; Rosenthal, Joshua P.; Sahani, Mazrura; Sleigh, Adrian; Waltner-Toews, David; Yassi, Annalee.

In: EcoHealth, Vol. 2, No. 4, 12.2005, p. 258-272.

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Parkes, MW, Bienen, L, Breilh, J, Hsu, LN, McDonald, M, Patz, JA, Rosenthal, JP, Sahani, M, Sleigh, A, Waltner-Toews, D & Yassi, A 2005, 'All hands on deck: Transdisciplinary approaches to emerging infectious disease', EcoHealth, vol. 2, no. 4, pp. 258-272. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10393-005-8387-y
Parkes MW, Bienen L, Breilh J, Hsu LN, McDonald M, Patz JA et al. All hands on deck: Transdisciplinary approaches to emerging infectious disease. EcoHealth. 2005 Dec;2(4):258-272. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10393-005-8387-y
Parkes, Margot W. ; Bienen, Leslie ; Breilh, Jaime ; Hsu, Lee Nah ; McDonald, Marian ; Patz, Jonathan A. ; Rosenthal, Joshua P. ; Sahani, Mazrura ; Sleigh, Adrian ; Waltner-Toews, David ; Yassi, Annalee. / All hands on deck : Transdisciplinary approaches to emerging infectious disease. In: EcoHealth. 2005 ; Vol. 2, No. 4. pp. 258-272.
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