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Rat Project Resume

The following is a list of Vancouver Rat Project achievements.




Research Grants:

NSERC Discovery Grant, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada for "Rats as a source for emerging zoonoses: Understanding the interactions between rats, pathogens, and the urban environment." $130,000, May 2015 - May 2020.

Blue Sky Grant, The University of British Columbia Centre for Disease Control for "Could rat fleas be a vector for zoonotic pathogens in Vancouver? Using 16S deep amplicon sequencing to identify bacterial pathogens in fleas from urban rats." $10,000, January 1, 2015 - December 31, 2015

Operating Grant, Canadian Institutes of Health Research for "Do rats pose a health risk for people living in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside? Understanding the ecology and epidemiology of rat-associated zoonoses in rats and people." $185,494, March 2012 - March 2014.

Communal Fund Program Grant, The University of British Columbia Centre for Disease Control for "The Vancouver Rat Project: Using metagenomics technology to investigate novel and unexpected zoonoses in Vancouver's urban rat populations." $12,760, April 1, 2012 - March 31, 2013


Articles Published in Scientific Journals:

Rothenburger JL, Himsworth CG, Clifford CB, Ellis J, Treuting PM, Leighton FA. 2015. Respiratory pathology and pathogens in wild urban rats (Rattus norvegicusand Rattus rattus). Veterinary Pathology. Published online July 13, 2015; doi:10.1177/0300985815593123

Rothenburger JL, Himsworth CG, Treuting PM, Leighton FA. 2015. Survey of cardiovascular pathology in wild urban Rattus norvegicus and Rattus rattus.Veterinary Pathology 52(1): 201-208.

Himsworth CG, Kosoy M, Bai Y, Wood H, Dibernardo A, Lindsay R, Bidulka J, Tang P, Jardine CM, Patrick DM. An investigation of Bartonella spp., Rickettsia typhi, and Seoul hantavirus in rats (Rattus spp.) from an inner-city neighborhood of Vancouver, Canada: Is pathogen presence a reflection of global and local rat population structure? Vector Borne and Zoonotic Diseases, Accepted August 31, 2014.

Rothenburger JL, Himsworth CG, Lejeune M, Treuting PM, Leighton FA. 2014. Lesions associated with Eucoleus sp. in the non-glandular stomach of wild urban rats (Rattus norvegicus). International Journal for Parasitology: Parasites & Wildlife3(2): 95-101.

Himsworth CG, Parsons KL, Feng AYT, Kerr T, Jardine CM, Patrick DM. 2014. A Mixed Methods Approach to Exploring the Relationship Between Norway Rat (Rattus norvegicus) Abundance and Features of the Urban Environment in an Inner-City Neighborhood of Vancouver, Canada. PLoS One 9(5): e9776.

Rothenburger JL, Himsworth CG, Chang V, Lejeune M, Leighton FA. 2014. Capillaria hepatica in wild Norway rats (Rattus norvegicus) from Vancouver, Canada. Journal of Wildlife Diseases 50(3): 628-633.

Himsworth CG, Jardine CM, Parsons KL, Feng AYT, Patrick DM. 2014. The characteristics of wild rat (Rattus spp.) populations with a focus on factors critical to the understanding of rat-associated zoonoses. PLoS One 9(3): e91654.

Himsworth CG, Miller RR, Montoya V, Hoang L, Romney MG, Al-Rawahi GN, Kerr T, Jardine TM, Patrick DM, Tang P, Weese JS. 2014. Carriage of methicillin-resistantStaphylococcus aureus by wild urban Norway rats (Rattus norvegicus). PLoS One9(2): e87983.

Himsworth CG, Patrick DM, Mak S, Jardine CM, Tang P, Weese JS. 2014. Carriage of Clostridium difficile by wild urban Norway and black rats (Rattus norvegicus andRattus rattus). Applied and Environmental Microbiology 80(4): 1299 - 1305.

Himsworth CG, Zabek E, Tang P, Parsons KL, Koehn M, Jardine GM, Patrick DM. 2014. Bacteria isolated from conspecific bite wounds in Norway and black rats: Implications for rat bite-associated infections in people. Vector Borne and Zoonotic Diseases 14(2): 94-100.

Anholt H, Himsworth CG, Rothenburger J, Proctor H, Patrick DM. 2014. Notoedres muris in black and Norway rats (Rattus rattus and Rattus norvegicus) from inner-city Vancouver, Canada. Journal of Wildlife Diseases 50(1): 104-108.

Himsworth CG, Bidulka J, Parsons KL, Feng AYT, Tang P, Jardine CM, Kerr T, Mak S, Robinson J, Patrick DM. Ecology of Leptospira interrogans in Norway rats (Rattus norvegicus) in an Inner-City Neighborhood of Vancouver, Canada. PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases 7(6): e2270.

Feng AYT, Himsworth CG. 2013. The secret life of the city rat: A review of the ecology of urban Norway and black rats. Urban Ecosystems 17(1): 149 - 162.

Himsworth CG, Parsons KL, Jardine C, Patrick DM. 2012. Rats, Cities, People, and Pathogens: A systematic review and narrative synthesis of literature regarding the epidemiology of rat-associated zoonoses in urban centers. Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases 13(6): 349-359.

Himsworth CG, Patrick DM, Parsons, KL, Feng A, Weese JS. 2012. Carriage of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus pseudintermedius by wild Norway Rats.Emerging Infectious Diseases 19(1): 169-170.

Himsworth CG, Feng AYT, Parsons KL, Kerr T, Patrick DM. 2012. Using experiential knowledge to understand urban rat ecology: a survey of Canadian pest control professionals. Urban Ecosystems 16(2): 341-350.


Scientific Conference Presentations:

Oral Presentations:

Rothenburger JL, Himsworth CG, Clifford CB, Ellis J, Treuting PM, and Leighton FA. "Survey of respiratory pathology in wild urban Rattus norvegicus and Rattus rattus." American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians/United States Animal Health Association Annual Meeting, Kansas City, Missouri, October 16-22, 2014.

Rothenburger JL, Leighton FA, Lejeune M, Treuting PM, and Himsworth CG. "Lesions associated with Eucoleus spp. in the forestomach of wild urban Rattus norvegicus and Rattus rattus." American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians/United States Animal Health Association Annual Meeting, Kansas City, Missouri, October 16-22, 2014.

Himsworth CG. "A serosurvey for exposure to rat-associated Leptospira interrogans in residents of Vancouver's Downtown Eastside." 13th Annual Symposium on Zoonotic and Communicable Diseases, Vancouver, British Columbia, August 13, 2014.

Himsworth CG, Wood H, Dibernardo A, Lindsay R, Kosoy M, Bai Y, Bidulka J, Tang P, Jardine CM, Patrick DM. "An investigation of Bartonella spp., Rickettsia typhi, and Seoul hantavirus in rats (Rattus spp.) from an inner-city neighborhood of Vancouver, Canada: Is pathogen presence a reflection of global and local rat population structure?" The 69th Annual International Conference on Diseases in Nature Communicable to Man, Vancouver, British Columbia, August 10 - 12, 2014.

Himsworth CG, Jardine CM, Tang P, Kerr T, Patrick DM. "The Vancouver Rat Project: Understanding the ecology of rats and rat-associated zoonoses in an inner-city neighborhood." 63rd Annual Wildlife Disease Association Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico, July 27 - August 1, 2014.

Himsworth CG. "The year of the rat: Community-based research in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside." 12th Annual Symposium on Zoonotic and Communicable Diseases, Surrey, British Columbia, November 25, 2013.

Rothenburger JL, Leighton FA, Lejeune M, Treuting PM, and Himsworth CG. "Lesions associated with Capillaria spp. in the forestomach of wild urban Rattus norvegicus and Rattus rattus." American College of Veterinary Pathologists Annual Meeting, Montreal, Quebec, November 16-20, 2013.

Byers KA. "Rats, parasites, and their associated pathogens: understanding host-parasite dynamics in an urban ecosystem." SFU-UVic-UBC Ecology and Evolution Retreat, Brackendale, BC, November 1-3, 2013.

Himsworth CG, Bidulka J, Parsons KL, Feng AYT, Tang P, Jardine CM, Kerr T, Mak S, Robinson J, Patrick DM. "Ecology of Leptospira interrogans in Norway rats (Rattus norvegicus) in an Inner-City Neighborhood of Vancouver, Canada." The 68thAnnual International Conference on Diseases in Nature Communicable to Man. Calgary, Alberta, August 12-13, 2013.

Himsworth CG, Patrick DM, Kerr T, Weese S. "Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and Staphylococcus pseudintermedius in wild Norway rats: A potential reservoir for these multi-drug resistant pathogens?" The 67th Annual International Conference on Diseases in Nature Communicable to Man. Winnipeg, Manitoba, July 22-24th, 2012.

Himsworth CG. "The Vancouver Rat Project: A community-based, interdisciplinary study of rat-associated health risks in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside." 11thAnnual Symposium on Zoonotic and Communicable Diseases. Vancouver, British Columbia, November 2011.

Poster Presentations:

Byers KA, Himsworth CG, Patrick DM. "Regarding Rats: Population Structure, Parasites, and Pathogens (a proposal)." Evo-Wibo, Port Townsend, Washington. April 25 - 27, 2014.

Himsworth CG, Zabek E, Desruisseau A, Parmley J, Reid-Smith R, Cox W, Leslie M, Jardine CM, Tang P, Patrick DM. "Prevalence and characteristics of Escherichia coli and Salmonella spp. in the feces of wild urban and rural Norway and black rats (Rattus norvegicus and Rattus rattus): Implications for public health." Association of Medical Microbiology and Infectious Disease Canada - Canadian Association for Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases Annual Conference, Victoria, British Columbia, April 2-5, 2013.

Rothenburger JL, Clifford CB, Leighton FA, Treuting PM, and Himsworth CG. "Survey of respiratory pathology in wild urban Rattus norvegicus and Rattus rattus." American College of Veterinary Pathologists Annual Meeting, Montreal, Quebec, November 16-20, 2013.

Rothenburger JL, Himsworth CG, Zabek E, Tang P, Parsons KL, Koehn M, Jardine CM, Patrick, DM. "Bacteria isolated from conspecific bite wounds in Norway and black rats: Implications for rat bite-associated infections in people." The 68th Annual International Conference on Diseases in Nature Communicable to Man. Calgary, Alberta, August 12-13, 2013.


Invited Presentations:

Byers K. "Rats About Town - Parasites and Pathogens Carried by Rats in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside." Science and Technology Lecture Series, University of Vancouver Island, Nanaimo, BC. March 4, 2015.

Byers K. "Vancouver Rat Project - Discoveries and Future Directions." Structural Pest Management Association of British Columbia Annual Conference, Burnaby, BC. February 6-7, 2015.

"The Year of the Rat: Themes and Lessons from the Vancouver Rat Project." National Zoonoses Rounds. Animal Determinants of Emerging Disease Research Unit. Teleconference presentation, November 19, 2013.

Himsworth CG. "Rats, Cities, People, and Pathogens: A brief overview of the Vancouver Rat Project." Keynote address for the Centre for Public Health and Zoonoses Annual Symposium. Guelph, Ontario, June 6, 2013.

Himsworth CG. "The Vancouver Rat Project: A small taste of the dynamic interplay among rats, cities, people and pathogens." National Zoonoses Rounds. Animal Determinants of Emerging Disease Research Unit. Teleconference presentation, March 19, 2013.

Himsworth CG. "The Vancouver Rat Project: A community-based, interdisciplinary study of rat-associated health risks in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside." Pest Management Canada 2012. Vancouver, British Columbia, March 2012.

Himsworth CG. "The Vancouver Rat Project: A community-based, interdisciplinary study of rat-associated health risks in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside." Presented in the Research-In-Progress Seminar Series sponsored by the Population Health Intervention Research Centre, Institute for Public Health, University of Calgary. Funded by the Institute for Public Health's Thematic Sub-Group on Population Health and Equity. Calgary, Alberta, January 25, 2012.


Awards:

Rothenburger JL. Richard B. Walker Bacteriology Award, for Best Oral Presentation or Poster on a Bacteriology Topic. American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians Annual Meeting, Kansas City, Missouri, Oct 16-22, 2014.

Himsworth CG. Terry Amundson Presentation Award, 63rd Annual Wildlife Disease Association Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico, July 2014.

Himsworth CG. Wildlife Disease Association Graduate Student Scholarship Award for her work on the Vancouver Rat Project. The award acknowledges outstanding academic and research accomplishment, productivity, and future potential in pursuit of new knowledge in wildlife health or disease. Wildlife Disease Association, May 2014.

Himsworth CG. CCM Dr. Kenneth Rozee Memorial Poster Award for Himsworth CG, Zabek E, Desruisseau A, Parmley J, Reid-Smith R, Cox W, Leslie M, Jardine CM, Tang P, Patrick DM. "Prevalence and characteristics of Escherichia coli and Salmonella spp. in the feces of wild urban and rural Norway and black rats (Rattus norvegicus and Rattus rattus): Implications for public health." Association of Medical Microbiology and Infectious Disease Canada - Canadian Association for Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases Annual Conference, Victoria, British Columbia, April 2-5, 2013.

Rothenburger JL. American College of Veterinary Pathologists Young Investigator Award Poster Competition, Natural Disease Category, 2nd Place for Rothenburger JL, Clifford CB, Leighton FA, Treuting PM, and Himsworth CG. "Survey of respiratory pathology in wild urban Rattus norvegicus and Rattus rattus." American College of Veterinary Pathologists Annual Meeting, Montreal, Quebec, November 16-20, 2013.

Rothenburger JL. American College of Veterinary Pathologists/American College of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians Diagnostic Pathology Travel Award, 1st Place for Rothenburger JL, Leighton FA, Lejeune M, Treuting PM, and Himsworth CG. "Lesions associated with Capillaria spp. in the forestomach of wild urban Rattus norvegicus and Rattus rattus." American College of Veterinary Pathologists Annual Meeting, Montreal, Quebec, November 16-20, 2013.

Byers KA. Proposal Blitz Best Proposal for Byers KA. "Rats, parasites, and their associated pathogens: understanding host-parasite dynamics in an urban ecosystem." SFU-UVic-UBC Ecology and Evolution Retreat, Brackendale, BC, November 1-3, 2013.


Students Gaining Degrees Through the Vancouver Rat Project:

Chelsea G. Himsworth, Degree: PhD, University: School of Population and Public Health, University of British Columbia, Program Duration: 2010-2014, Project Name: "Do rats pose a health risk for people living in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside? Understanding the ecology and epidemiology of rat-associated zoonoses in rats and people."
Scholarships: Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship, Bridge CIHR Strategic Training Fellowship, Four Year Doctoral Fellowship.

Kaylee Byers, Degree: PhD, University: Interdisciplinary Studies, University of British Columbia, Program Duration: 2013 - 2017, Project Name: "Rats, parasites, and their associated pathogens."
Scholarships: NSERC Gilles Brassard Doctoral Prize for Interdisciplinary Research, Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship, Killam Doctoral Scholarship, Bridge CIHR Strategic Training Fellowship, Four Year Doctoral Fellowship

Tim Giles, Degree: PhD degree, University: University of Nottingham, Program Duration: 2011-2015, Project Name: "Risk assessment of urban rodents as potential vectors and reservoirs of zoonotic pathogens."

Jamie Rothenburger, Degree: Masters of Veterinary Science, University: Western College of Veterinary Medicine, Program Duration: 2011-2013, Project Name: "A survey of natural cardiopulmonary pathology in wild urban Norway and black rats (Rattus norvegicus and Rattus rattus)."
Scholarships: Ontario Veterinary College Graduate Student Fellowship