07 June 2012

May 2012 Literature Review Summary

ISDS Research Committee
May 31, 2012

Between the bi-monthly Literature Review calls, the Research Committee leadership is hard at work sifting through articles on a weekly basis, and identifying those that would be of interest to the committee. The leadership’s efforts leading up to the May call were not in vain – they resulted in very stimulating conversation.

One article discussed on the call is titled Social and News Media Enable Estimation of Epidemiological Patterns Early in the 2010 Haitian Cholera Outbreak (American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene); it assessed the correlation of volume of cholera-related HealthMap reports, Tweets, and government cholera cases reported in the first 100 days of the 2010 Haitian cholera outbreak. The Research Committee gratefully welcomed first author, Dr. Rumi Chunara of the Children’s Hospital Informatics Program, Children’s Hospital Boston, to the Literature Review call to answer questions about the publication. Dr. Chunara’s presence resulted in all participants gaining a deeper understanding of the research and its implications.

Other articles that were discussed:

Full article summaries written by Research Committee members are available here.

In addition to the article summaries and discussions, the Award for Outstanding Research Articles in Biosurveillance was announced! This award is being offered in order to recognize disease surveillance scientists and professionals for contributions to their fields of research. Nominations for the awards are currently being accepted (Deadline: June 25th). Nominate today.

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