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Special edition: highlights of our work in epidemiology

EpiX has had a busy summer, with a variety of consulting, training, and academic activities. The following is a sample of our recent work in epidemiology:

NEW: Postgraduate Certificate in Risk Analysis in Health and Food Safety:

Epix Analytics has joined forces with Veterinary Epidemiology & Public Health (VEPH) group of the RVC to launch a Postgraduate Certificate in Risk Analysis. This course will be the first academic certificate in risk analysis in health and food safety, and will be awarded by the prestigious University of London.

The course is aimed at providing the skills for cutting-edge and in-depth quantitative risk analysis practice, and candidates will learn from the extensive teaching, consulting and research experience in risk analysis of both EpiX and the VEPH group.

The certificate is designed for professionals from research institutions, governmental and international agencies; agricultural, food, pharmaceutical and related industry; and academic staff and post graduate students. The course accommodates the work schedules of candidates and gives them the opportunity to develop hands-on work skills and tailor their studies to their professional development needs. Domains of application of the taught risk analysis skills are various and include – but are not restricted to – epidemiology, human health, public health and animal health surveillance, international trade, antimicrobial resistance, biological (e.g. vaccine) and/or pharmaceutical development, food safety, wildlife management, or plant health.

For more details, please visit the Postgraduate certificate webpage or contact Barbara O’Neill. The course will start in March 2013; it is currently in the final stage of the University of London validation process and registrations will open in November.

EpiX Analytics at the 13th ISVEE Conference:

The 13th CONFERENCE of the International Society for Veterinary Epidemiology and Economics (ISVEE XIII) was held from 20 - 24 August 2012 in Maastricht, The Netherlands. The 3-yearly scientific meeting aims at exchanging information on developments in the fields of veterinary epidemiology and economics, and was attended this year by more than 1,000 people.

EpiX Analytics gave three presentations: one presentation showed a simulation method to reconstruct the longitudinal animal and herd level infection status based on repeated screening tests with no gold standard (applied to paratuberculosis modeling), another summarized the results of a risk assessment on the introduction of African swine fever into the European Union, and the third was an application of disease modeling to assess the effect of people’s behavior on the spread of livestock disease.

Readers can contact Barbara O’Neill for more information or to obtain a copy of the presentations’ abstracts.

EpiX Analytics’ academic awards:

In line with our mission to foster the development of cutting-edge research on risk analysis, EpiX has launched some initiatives to support research and access to training for students conducting innovative work related to risk analysis and health. We are pleased to report that three PhD students were the recipients of these initiatives:

  • Mr. Lary Nel Abao from Philippines and Dr. Huyam Salih from Sudan received free registration awards to the ISVEE pre-conference workshop “Quantitative Risk Analysis in Animal Health and Food Safety” in Ghent, Belgium. The recipients were selected based on the merits of their doctoral research projects, and the access to quality risk analysis training in their countries.
  • Dr. Fernando Mardones received the EpiX Award for Excellence on Epidemiological Modeling at UC Davis, CA. Dr. Mardones is working on novel applications of maximum entropy (MaxEnt) theory to identify global patterns of disease spread.