Academy of Finland  
Funding decision
Applicant / Contact person Lilley, Thomas
Organisation University of Helsinki
Project title DISEASE-ON-WINGS: The effect of climate change on dynamics of zoonoses in migratory birds and bats across Europe
Decision No. 329250
Decision date 11.12.2019
Funding period 01.01.2020 - 31.12.2023
Funding 398 566
Project description
Migratory animals, especially those capable of flight, are efficient in transporting diseases potentially dangerous to humans across vast distances. Examples of these include the West-Nile Disease spread by birds and bartonella-infections spread by bats. Here, by combining the expertise of three PI’s specializing on birds, bats and zoonotic diseases, we predict how the changing climate will affect the spread of new diseases in Finland and Europe. The data we curate from migratory birds and bats, and the bacteria and viruses they carry, will lead to the production of a predictive monitoring tool, providing authorities with a possibility to assess zoonotic risks to humans and wildstock. The project is a consortium led by researchers from the Finnish Museum of Natural History, University of Helsinki and the University of Turku.