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NLM to Participate with Partners in “An Epidemiology of Information: New Methods for Interpreting Disease and Data”

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is pleased to announce its next initiative as part of its ongoing partnership with the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).

Working with NEH's Office of Digital Humanities, the National Science Foundation, and Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), the NLM will be a part of "An Epidemiology of Information: New Methods for Interpreting Disease and Data," an interdisciplinary symposium exploring new methods for large-scale data analysis of epidemic disease.

Scheduled to take place at the Virginia Tech Research Center in Arlington, VA, on October 17, 2013, from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM, "An Epidemiology of Information" will be a unique public forum through which policy makers, public health experts, and scholars can address pressing questions about how new methods of analyzing large-scale datasets can inform research and policy approaches to epidemic disease. Panelists will consider what these new methods suggest for contemporary infodemiology and epidemic intelligence as well as the implications of data mining as a disease surveillance mechanism and how new forms of reporting and public health surveillance affect public health policy. The symposium will also explore how these new methods can inform research on the 1918 influenza pandemic and help to answer lingering questions about the spread of the disease, its pathogenicity, the unusual mortality rates, or the effectiveness of public health responses.

Featured speakers will include Dr. Jeffery Taubenberger, Chief, Viral Pathogenesis and Evolution Section, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), and Dr. David Morens, Senior Advisor to the Director, NIAID, whose research in data analysis and historical epidemiology has influenced the approaches being adopted and adapted by digital humanities scholars working in the history of medicine.

"An Epidemiology of Information" is made possible in part from support received by Virginia Tech through the international Digging into Data Challenge competition sponsored by NEH. Funding for Virginia Tech's Canadian partner, the Center for E-Health Initiatives of the University of Toronto, comes from the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

The NLM's participation in "An Epidemiology of Information" follows its involvement, earlier this year, in "Shared Horizons: Data, Biomedicine, and the Digital Humanities," an interdisciplinary symposium exploring the intersection of digital humanities and biomedicine supported by the NEH's Office of Digital Humanities; Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities at the University of Maryland; and Research Councils UK.

"An Epidemiology of Information" is free and open to the public, but registration is required. For more information, please visit the website for the symposium.

 

 

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