Outbreak Observatory: Conducting operational research during outbreaks to improve preparedness and response

Presented June 27, 2018.

During this presentation, researchers discussed how Outbreak Observatory, a pilot project initiated by the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, facilitated the conduct of real-time operational research during outbreak responses, helping to improve outbreak preparedness and response capabilities.


Jennifer Nuzzo, DrPH, Senior Scholar 
Matthew Shearer, MPH, Research Associate 
Diane Meyer, RN, MPH, Research Associate 

June 27, 2018

PLOS Disease Surveillance and Forecasting Channel

The PLOS Disease Forecasting and Surveillance Channel debuted on November 28, bringing together two related but distinct research communities – disease forecasting and syndromic surveillance. The Channel features research and commentary from PLOS journals and the broader literature. Explore recent research, projects and related content and follow the Channel for article updates.

March 29, 2018

A practitioner-driven research agenda for syndromic surveillance

To obtain feedback and seek future directions for an ISDS initiative to establish and update research questions in Informatics, Analytics, Communications, and Systems Research with the greatest perceived impact for improving surveillance practice.

June 09, 2017

Activity of Natural Tularemia Foci in West Ukraine

Annually sporadic cases of tularemia in humans are registered in Ukraine and new enzootic areas are found. Monitoring of tularemia natural foci is important given the potential significant financial losses in case of tularemia outbreaks and taken into account that this pathogen can be used as a bioterrorist agent.


Study the activity of natural foci of tularemia and identify the main types of reservoirs and vectors of Francisella tularensis.

June 20, 2017

Rates and causes of stillbirth in a demographic surveillance site in Karachi, Pakistan

Stillbirth remained a neglected issue absent from mention in Millennium Development Goals. An estimated 2.6 million babies are stillborn every year with highest rate in Pakistan, 43.1 stillbirths/1000 births. There is lack of good quality prospective population based data in Pakistan regarding burden, timing and causes of stillbirths.


To determine burden, timing and causes of stillbirths in a prospective cohort of pregnant from a low income community setting in peri urban Karachi

August 03, 2017

Socio-Demographic Inequalities in HIV Testing and Prevalence Among Older Adults in Rural Tanzania, 2013

Like in other African countries, most HIV research in Tanzania focuses on adults 15-49 years, ignoring persons aged 50 years and above. In Tanzania, the HIV testing rate (ever tested) for 15 - 49 year olds has increased from 37% to 62% for women and 27% to 47% for men between 2008 and 2012. Limited data is available on HIV testing and prevalence among older adults specifically. Some studies in Sub-Saharan Africa have, however, reported a high HIV prevalence among older people.


September 18, 2017

Evaluation of REDCap as a Tool for Outbreak Data Management, Illinois, 2013-2014

The Research Electronic Data Capture (REDCap) application has been used to build and manage online surveys and databases in academic research settings. Public health agencies have begun to use REDCap to manage disease outbreak data. In addition to survey and database development, and data management and analysis, REDCap allows users to track data manipulation and user activity, automate export procedures for data downloads, and use ad hoc reporting tools and advanced features, such as branching logic, file uploading, and calculated fields.

November 01, 2017

Where do you Find Interesting Biosurveillance Publications?

To identify the disciplines and journal titles of surveillance-related publications from a wide range of indexed repositories and to draw attention to the publication repository created by the ISDS Research Committee.


November 30, 2017

Collaboration for Improved Disease Surveillance Literature Review

The ISDS Research Committee (RC) is an interdisciplinary group of researchers interested in various topics related to disease surveillance. The RC hosts a literature review process with a permanent repository of relevant journal articles and bimonthly calls that provide a forum for discussion and author engagement. The calls have led to workgroups and society-wide events, boosted interest in the ISDS Conference, and fostered networking among participants.

May 22, 2018


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