Peter Daszak, Ph.D.
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Dr. Peter Daszak is Executive Director of the Consortium for Conservation Medicine (New York, USA), a partnership between Harvard Medical School, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine, USGS National Wildlife Health Center and Wildlife Trust. The CCM is the first formal inter-institutional partnership to formally link conservation, disease ecology and wildlife and human health.
A parasitologist by training, Dr. Daszak’s research has been instrumental in revealing the impact of emerging diseases on wildlife populations. In previous research collaborations, he identified the first case of a disease causing extinction of a species (published in Conservation Biology), discovered a disease responsible for amphibian population declines globally, highlighted the importance of emerging wildlife diseases to conservation and demonstrated the link between global trade and disease emergence via a process called ‘pathogen pollution’.
At the CCM, Dr. Daszak directs a programme of collaborative research on the ecology and conservation impacts of emerging diseases. This includes managing several projects: a foundation-funded five-year research project on the role of wildlife trade in disease introduction; an NIH-funded project on the emergence of fruit bat viruses lethal to humans; and a NIAID-funded seven-year project on the ecology and impact of West Nile virus in the USA.
Dr. Daszak is currently serving on the National Research Council’s committee on the future of veterinary research in the USA. He holds adjunct positions at three US and two UK universities and has served on committees of the US National Academy of Sciences, the US Department of the Interior, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, National Institutes of Health, the Australian Department of Agriculture, the Society for Conservation Biology and the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment. In addition, he has advised a range of government, commercial and non-commercial organizations including NASA, pharmaceutical companies and others.
Dr. Daszak has published more than 60 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters including articles in Science, TREE, Lancet and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. He is a member of the editorial board of Conservation Biology, and is co-editor of the new Springer journal Ecohealth. He is a winner of the 2000 CSIRO medal for collaborative research, and his work has been the focus of extensive media coverage, including articles in NY Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, US News & World Report and appearances on CBS 60 Minutes II, CNN, ABC, NPR’s Talk of the Nation, Morning Edition & Fresh Air.