FORT scientist emeritus Tom O'Shea will be awarded the “Professional Achievement Award in Wildlife Research” by the Colorado Chapter of The Wildlife Society during the chapter's annual meeting in Fort Collins Feb. 22-25. The award recognizes achievements in the wildlife profession that have received or are worthy of statewide recognition. Dr. O'Shea was selected for this award for his significant work on commensal bats in Colorado, especially the 5-year Fort Collins Bat Rabies Project. His pioneering research on the dynamics of rabies transmission in bats, conducted in collaboration with a diverse team of scientists in collaboration with Colorado State University, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the National Science Foundation (with additional funds from the National Institutes of Health), led to the discovery that bats exposed to rabies can recover and develop immunity to future infection. Results of this collaboration include a new model for pathways, rates, and patterns of virus transmission in bats based on both bat population dynamics and the biology of the virus. This information will aid public health agencies with surveillance and control responsibilities related to rabies infections in bat populations living in close proximity to humans in cities and towns.
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