Conference on Determinants and Dynamics of Viral Emergence and Establishment in Human Populations

Apr 10, 2024, 8:00 amApr 12, 2024, 6:00 pm
Princeton Center for Theoretical Science, Room 407 Jadwin Hall



Event Description

Organizers: Andrea L. Graham, Bryan T. Grenfell, C. Jessica E. Metcalf

Most circulating viral infections of humans began as diseases of animals and established in humans via a pandemic. The ongoing SARS-CoV-2 outbreak is on this transition. Its dynamics have illustrated how little we know about how non-linear epidemiological dynamics, immunological and microevolutionary forces drive the emergence of novel pathogens and their long term fate. To address this problem, we bring together a highly interdisciplinary group of experts spanning the nascent field of viral phylodynamics, encompassing the theory and practice of virological, epidemiological, immunological and micro-evolutionary interactions.  

We will explore the emergence and transition to endemicity of a range of important current and potential threats, focusing in particular on the coronaviruses (including SARS-CoV-2), influenza, and HIV as case studies. Confronting theory and data on scales from protein to pandemic will be a vital set in elucidating these key interactions. 

The meeting will combine talks, breakout groups and possibly a poster session. 


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  • Princeton Center for Theoretical Science
  • Center for Health and Wellbeing
  • High Meadows Environmental Institute