Entries by Martha Nelson

Cities’ population and transportation patterns affect how flu epidemics play out

MISMS researchers published a study in Science showing that winter flu epidemics in smaller cities tend to have higher flu epidemic intensity than in larger cities highly connected by extensive transportation systems, which have longer, more consistent flu seasons. The study has important implications for understanding how cities of different sizes should prepare for annual flu […]

MISMS Influenza Workshop – South Africa

          Register here (Closed) Fogarty International Center, NIH – National Institute for Communicable Diseases Training Workshop on Infectious Diseases Dynamics and Evolution December 3-5, 2018 Johannesburg, South Africa   Workshop outline: A better understanding of the epidemiology and evolutionary dynamics of infectious diseases is particularly useful to guide intervention strategies, optimize surveillance, […]

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 […]