Entries by Martha Nelson

Hiring post-doctoral fellows

Post-doctoral fellowships · Infectious Disease Fogarty International Center · Bethesda, MD The Fogarty International Center (FIC), at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, MD, is seeking post-doctoral fellows to study the epidemiology and evolutionary dynamics of human pathogens on a global scale. The position is within the Division of International Epidemiology and Population Studies (DIEPS), […]

Developing influenza vaccines for swine in Mexico

MISMS researchers characterized the high levels of genetic diversity of influenza viruses circulating in swine in Mexico, working closely with veterinarians in Mexico and with funding from a major animal vaccine manufacturer. The study is available online at Emerging Infectious Diseases and will be published in print next month. The study was a collaboration between the NIH, USDA, […]

Special Issue on 1918 Centennial in AJE

In commemoration of the centennial of the 1918 influenza pandemic, the American Journal of Epidemiology convened a collection of 12 articles on the epidemiology of the pandemic, led by MISMS staff Cecile Viboud and Justin Lessler. The 12 articles consider a growing body of work on the archeo-epidemiology of past pandemics, the socioeconomic and geographic drivers of influenza […]

MISMS accomplishments highlighted for Fogarty’s 50th birthday

Fogarty’s team of infectious disease modelers used the occasion of the Center’s 50th birthday to review its achievements, consider lessons learned, and explore possible future directions in an article published by the journal Epidemics and featured in Global Health Matters. The article highlights the exceptional productivity and ROI of the MISMS program, including a cost-per-article published […]

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: […]


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 […]