Entries by Martha Nelson

2018 Summer Intern Class

Congratulations to our 2018 Summer Interns Class! Five college students joined DIEPS this summer to work on MISMS projects. Allison Randy-Cofie, Amherst College ’19 Project: Bioinformatics. Generating sub-sampled data sets of influenza A viruses from human, swine, equine, avian and canine hosts for all segments of the viral genome Anne Lheem, Harvard University ’21 Project: […]

DOGS CAN BE A POTENTIAL RISK FOR FUTURE INFLUENZA PANDEMIC

MISMS researchers Martha Nelson and Nidia Trovao (Fogarty International Center) conducted an analysis of genetic sequence data obtained from dogs in Guangxi, China, published in mBio in June 2018. The study was conducted as part of NIAID’s Centers for Excellence in Influenza Research and Surveillance (CEIRS), in collaboration with Adolfo García-Sastre, who heads the Center for […]

Post-doctoral opportunity

Post-doctoral fellowships in infectious disease modeling at the Fogarty International Center, NIH The Division of International Epidemiology and Population Studies (DIEPS) of the Fogarty International Center (FIC), NIH, is seeking a post-doctoral fellow to work with Dr Cécile Viboud on a variety of infectious disease modeling projects. The projects fall under the auspices of two global […]

MISMS faculty teach 5-day training workshop in Dubai, UAE

From February 5-9, 2018, MISMS staff taught a hands-on workshop in Dubai, UAE for participants coming from multiple countries in South Asia, including India, Pakistan, Nepal, and Bangladesh. The course included time-series analysis, R, disease modeling, phylogenetic analysis, and opportunities for participants to study their own data. Many of the participants were part of the […]

Bear Flu

MISMS researchers identify the cause of sloth bear deaths at the Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington, DC: human-to-bear transmission of the 2009 H1N1 pandemic influenza A virus. Full article. Impacts An infection of a sloth bear with the pH1N1 (2009) influenza A virus is confirmed for the first time. Human origin of infection is strongly suspected. […]

PLoS Comp Biol: drivers of spread of seasonal influenza in the US during 2002-2010

MISMS researchers analyzed fine-grain insurance claims data on influenza-like-illnesses over eight seasons in ~300 locations throughout the United States. Using statistical methods, they found that seven of eight epidemics likely originated in the Southern US, that influenza spatial transmission is dominated by local traffic between cities, and that seasons marked by novel influenza virus circulation had […]

Save the date for ANISE African influenza meeting, Nov 13-17, Antananarivo, Madagascar

6th ANISE (African Network for Influenza Surveillance and Epidemiology) Meeting  Antananarivo, Madagascar November 13 to 17, 2017 at Hotel Carlton   Please register and submit your abstract on-line (due August 15) to the meeting website: www.anise-network.org The agenda is in progress, but we plan to hold plenary sessions from November 13- 15 and training workshops […]

MISMS researchers examine use of Big Data for infectious disease surveillance in JID supplement

Big data derived from electronic health records, social media, the internet and other digital sources have the potential to provide more timely and detailed information on infectious disease threats or outbreaks than traditional surveillance methods. A team of scientists led by MISMS researchers Cecile Viboud and Gerardo Chowell reviewed the growing body of research on the subject […]

Spotlight: MISMS collaborator Andrew Bowman’s studies in US exhibition swine

Last week, the work of Dr Andrew Bowman, Ohio State University, was highlighted in Yahoo news.  Dr Bowman has been tracking influenza viruses in US exhibition swine since 2009.  In 2016, Dr Bowman co-authored two studies with MISMS researchers examining how novel viruses with pandemic potential evolve in exhibition swine.  One study, published in January […]

2009 swine flu pandemic originated in Mexico, researchers discover

Researchers from the Fogarty International Center, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and Laboratorio Avi-Mex have used genetic sequencing to show that the 2009 global H1N1 influenza pandemic began in central Mexico, originating in pigs and spreading to humans. Mexico is not typically considered a source of novel influenza strains, and the findings demonstrate […]