ID-Epi Seminars and Events

Infectious Disease Epidemiology, together with the Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics (CCDD), hosts 10 to 20 seminars annually, including the annual Spring Seminar Series, as well as special seminars offered by visiting scholars and collaborators throughout the year.

CANCELED: The 18th Annual Jonathan Freeman Symposium on Infectious Disease Epidemiology – April 29, 2020

Out of safety and concern for our community during the Coronavirus outbreak, we have come to the decision that the 2020 Freeman Symposium will be canceled this year. We thank everyone who has been a part of this symposium in past years, apologize to those who were looking to attend and present this year, and appreciate the support of the Freeman family and all of the sponsors of this event. We wish everyone a safe and healthy spring and hope to see everyone at next year’s Freeman Symposium!

Recap of the 17th Annual Jonathan Freeman Symposium on Infectious Disease Epidemiology – April 17, 2019

 

Featuring presentations by:

Christopher Andersen, Candidate, Doctor of Science in Epidemiology, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health   The role of iron deficiency and supplementation in pediatric HIV disease progression

Hsiao-Han Chang, Research Associate, Department of Epidemiology, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health    Mapping imported malaria in Bangladesh using parasite genetic and human mobility data

Pablo Martinez de Salazar, Research Fellow, CCDD Department of Epidemiology   Red blood cell dynamics as a protective mechanism against severe malaria in α+-thalassemic patients

 Ruoran Li, Candidate, Doctor of Science in Epidemiology, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health   Identifying population clusters for targeted TB interventions: using population-based data and machine-learning techniques.

 Eric Mooring, Candidate, Doctor of Science in Epidemiology, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health    Spatial structuring of tuberculosis transmission in a large urban area

Rebecca Kahn, Doctoral Student, PHS – Dept of Epidemiology, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health    Leveraging Pathogen Sequence Data to Enhance Vaccine Trials in Emerging Epidemics 

Robyn Lee, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, CCDD Department of Epidemiology      Using genomics to investigate the epidemiology of MRSA in high-risk US military trainees

Krystal Cantos, Doctoral Student, Dept. of Epidemiology, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

The effect of alcohol and drug use on condom use during vaginal sex in young adults living with perinatally-acquired HIV in the United States

Inconsistent sexual behavior reporting between adolescence and adulthood in youth affected by perinatal HIV exposure living in the United States

Ayesha Mahmud, Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics, Dept of Epidemiology, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health     Quantifying the role of human mobility on the local and national dynamics of chikungunya 

Christine Tedijanto, Doctoral Student, Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics, Dept of Epidemiology, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health     Potential impact of outpatient stewardship interventions on antibiotic exposures of pathogenic bacteria

Emma Accorsi, Doctoral Student, GSAS/HSPH – Population Health Sciences (Epidemiology)     Determinants of S. aureus carriage in the developing infant nasal microbiome

Ryan Simpson, Bingjie Zhou, and Elena N. Naumova, Tufts University

Seasonality of Foodborne Infections: Relationship Between Peak Timing and Amplitude  

 Visualizing Disease Seasonality with Multi-Panel Graphs

 Aishwarya Venkat, Ryan Simpson, Anastasia Marshak, Elena N. Naumova, Tufts University     Complex Decision-Making Rules for Famine Forecasting

 

 

2018 Spring Seminar Series

The Spring Seminar Series aims to bring in speakers from various disciplines within Infectious Disease Epidemiology, broadly defined to include the population biology of pathogens and other allied topics. Students and postdocs are invited to request meetings with speakers whose interests coincide with their own.

The series is co-sponsored by the HSPH Infectious Disease Epidemiology Program and the Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics.

Seminars are held weekly during Spring semester, and lunch is provided.  Here is a list of upcoming talks:

03/01/2018: Samuel Scarpino – “On the predictability of infectious disease outbreaks”

03/8/2018: John Stover – “What is required to end AIDS as a public health threat by 2030?”

03/22/2018: Eva Harris – Talk Title TBD

03/29/2018: John Marshall – “Why has dengue resurged, why does malaria persist, and can these diseases be controlled by CRISPR-based gene drive and other novel tools?”

04/06/2018:  SEMINAR IS ON A FRIDAY AND AT A DIFFERENT LOCATION: FXB-G12 – Julia Palacios – Talk Title TBD

04/12/2018: Uriel Kitron – Talk Title TBD

04/19/2018: Peter Hotez – Talk Title TBD

04/26/2018: Sunetra Gupta – Talk Title TBD

05/03/2018: Kendall Hoyt – Talk Title TBD

05/10/2018: Anne-Catrin Uhlemann – Talk Title TBD

05/17/2018: Jon Zelner – Talk Title TBD

Flyers for each talk will be posted on the CCDD website at http://ccdd.hsph.harvard.edu/NewsEvents/ID-EPI-2018-Spring-Seminar-Series-Full-List-of-Events

Please check back each week for the next presenter’s talk, title and confirmed location.

Recap of the 15th Annual Jonathan Freeman Symposium on Infectious Disease Epidemiology – May 1, 2017

The annual Freeman Symposium is held in memory of Dr. Jonathan Freeman and his contributions to the Infectious Disease Epidemiology Program.  Dr. Freeman was an esteemed member of the faculty in the Dept of Epidemiology from 1990 until he passed away in 2000. Dr. Freeman was instrumental in creating and leading the interdisciplinary concentration in infectious diseases at HSPH. He taught and designed courses on the investigation of infectious disease outbreaks and on the transmission dynamics of infectious diseases–promoting an active interest in infectious disease epidemiology during a period in which it was “out of fashion”.  On May 1, 2017, 16 HSPH faculty, students, and postdocs presented talks and posters highlighting their ongoing research in topics pertaining to Infectious Disease Epidemiology.

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Featured Presentations:

Katrina Ortblad, 3rd year doctoral student, Dept. of Global Health and Population, HSPH  
Risk compensation following circumcision? Evidence from a longitudinal population-based study in rural KwaZulu-Natal

Sanjat Kanjilal, Research Associate, HSPH Dept. of Immunology and Infectious Diseases / Instructor, Harvard Medical School
Secular trends and molecular epidemiology of Staphylococcus aureus in Boston: A return to antibiotic susceptibility

Taj Azarian, PhD, MPH, Postdoctoral research fellow, Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics, Department of Epidemiology, HSPH
Global emergence and population dynamics of divergent Serotype 3 ST180 Pneumococci Post-Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine (PCV)

Hsiao-Han Chang, Research Associate, Department of Epidemiology
Concurrently estimating the complexity of infection and SNP allele frequency for malaria parasites

Brian Arnold, Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Epidemiology, HSPH 
Evolutionary significance of epistasis in bacterial pathogen evolution

Aimee Taylor, Research Fellow, Department of Epidemiology, HSPH 
Quantifying relatedness between proximal malaria parasites populations

Eric Mooring, Doctor of Science candidate, Department of Epidemiology, HSPH
Spatial and temporal clustering of yaws on Lihir Island, Papua New Guinea

Christopher T. Andersen, Doctoral Candidate, Dept. of Epidemiology, HSPH
The role of iron deficiency and supplementation in pediatric HIV infection and disease

Corey M. Peak, Doctoral Candidate, Dept. of Epidemiology, HSPH   
Prolonging Herd Immunity to Cholera via Vaccination: Accounting for Human Mobility and Waning Vaccine Effects

Kevin C. Ma, Undergraduate Researcher, Dept. of Immunology and Infectious Diseases
Genomic characterization of urethritis-associated Neisseria meningitidis

Scott Olesen, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, HSPH Dept. of Immunology and Infectious Diseases
Unequal antibiotic consumption among the elderly and antibiotic resistance in the US

Benjamin MacCormack-Gelles, SM2 student, Dept of Global Health & Population, HSPH
Longitudinal analysis to identify Environmental, structural, and demographic correlates of neighborhood-level dengue transmission in Fortaleza, Brazil between 2011-2015.

Lucy Li, Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics, HPSH
Estimating correlates of protection and vaccine effect simultaneously

Matt Hitchings, 3rd year SD student, Department of Epidemiology, HSPH.
 
Joseph Lewnard, Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics, HPSH
Inferring of waning vaccine-derived immunity under the test-negative design

Rebecca Kahn, Master of Science Candidate 2018, Department of Epidemiology
Impact of Heterogeneous Hazard Rates in Individually Randomized Vaccine Trials

Francisco Cai, Research Assistant, CCDD / HSPH Dept. of Epidemiology
Using an individual-based model of pneumococcal carriage for planning a randomized trial of a vaccine

Tania Alarcon, Doctoral Candidate, Tufts University 
Seasonality Analysis of infectious diseases

Alexandra Kulinkina, Postdoctoral Scholar, Tufts University School of Medicine
Community based approaches for schistosomiasis prediction and sustainable control in Ghana