Disease Detectives: How to Track an Epidemic

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Tracking epidemics—is it really like the movies portray? From legionella outbreaks to predicting this year's flu spread, hear from the real-life disease detectives who track down, predict, and help prevent the spread of disease. Listen as they tell the story of one of the first known disease detectives and guide us through ways in which human expansion and technology have impacted the spread of diseases and disease tracking efforts.

Special thanks to Kristen Nordlund and Thomas Young from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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In This Episode

Marisa EisenbergMarisa Eisenberg

Associate Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Michigan School of Public Health
Marisa Eisenberg's research is in mathematical biology, and is centered around using and developing parameter estimation and identifiability techniques to connect math models and disease data. Her recent research has been primarily in modeling infectious diseases, particularly examining cholera and waterborne disease. Learn more.


Joseph EisenbergJoseph Eisenberg

Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Michigan School of Public Health
Joe Eisenberg studies infectious disease epidemiology with a focus on waterborne and vectorborne diseases. His broad research interests, global and domestic, integrate theoretical work in developing disease transmission models and empirical work in designing and conducting epidemiology studies. He is especially interested in the environmental determinants of infectious diseases. Learn more.


Olivia McGovernOlivia McGovern

Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Lieutenant in the United States Public Health Service
Olivia McGovern’s work focuses on research, response, and capacity building to combat bacterial respiratory diseases. She recently travelled to Mozambique where she supported their Ministry of Health to conduct a workshop on improving meningitis surveillance in the country. Currently, she is collaborating with her colleagues in the lab to understand best practices for detecting C. psittaci infection, a condition known as psittacosis. This work will improve patient diagnosis, clinical management, and psittacosis outbreak detection and response. Learn more.


Jon ZelnerJon Zelner

Assistant Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Michigan School of Public Health
Jon Zelner is a social epidemiologist focused on understanding and targeting the joint social and biological drivers of infectious disease risk. His work blends theory and methods from sociology and epidemiology, with an emphasis on the development and use of novel computational and statistical methods for integrating social and biological data. Learn more.

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