Changing climates, evolving patterns of land use, and increased travel mean that more and more infectious diseases are emerging. From old foes in new forms, like the antibiotic-resistant “superbugs”, to newer threats like Ebola and Zika virus, public health is constantly dealing with outbreaks and epidemics. As part of this battle, public health researchers are exploring how new data streams can influence our response to emerging pathogens. This new, data-driven epidemiology is full of innovative stories, from genome sequencing to reconstruct who infected who in an outbreak, to scraping online resources like Twitter for surveillance, to crowd-sourcing analysis of a novel pathogen through open, online lab notebooks.
The Speaker – Professor Jennifer Gardy, Centre for Disease Control, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Professor Jennifer Gardy is a Senior Scientist at the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control, Assistant Professor at the School of Population and Public Health, University of British Columbia (UBC), and Associate Member at the Microbiology & Immunology, UBC. She received her PhD in molecular biology and biochemistry from Simon Fraser University, and began working for the BC Centre for Disease Control in 2009. Her main research interests are in genomic epidemiology and surveillance. In 2014, she was appointed the Canada Research Chair in Public Health Genomics.
This seminar is co-hosted by Centre for Infectious Diseases & Microbiology- Public Health (CIDM-PH) and the Marie Bashir Institute for Infectious Diseases and Biosecurity (MBI).
Afternoon tea will be provided.