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Past Events

Using MicrobeTrace to Integrate and Visualize Sequence and Epidemiologic Data

Thursday, August 11, 2022, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm PDT

Join us for an overview and live demonstration of MicrobeTrace: a web-based, standalone tool that can be used to integrate and explore genetic and epidemiologic data.

Using Next Generation Sequencing for Real Time Impact on Disease Control Options

Wednesday, August 10, 2022, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm PDT

This talk describes instances where routine, rapid sequencing informed disease control work, rather than confirming it.

Bioinformatics in Public Health Genomics: A Gentle Introduction

Tuesday, August 9, 2022, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm PDT

This presentation will provide a general, high-level introduction to the current state of the analysis of genomic data in public health labs in the US.

NORS, NEARS, and the Outbreak Reporting Process

Thursday, June 2, 2022, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm PDT

Foodborne illness outbreak reporting provides food safety programs with collaborative opportunities at the intersection of epidemiology and environmental health. This webinar will explore outbreak reporting through two CDC surveillance systems: NORS and NEARS.

Diving into Vibrio

Thursday, May 20, 2021, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm PDT

As the summer months bring beachgoers to coastal communities, they also signal the peak season for vibriosis, a disease known to cause thousands of illnesses annually in the United States. This presentation will offer a closer look at Vibrio species and the infections they cause in humans, interviewing tips for shellfish-associated case investigations, and a look at how shellfish traceback data is used to identify outbreaks. You will also catch an exclusive sneak peek of the Washington COE’s new Vibrio Toolkit!

ATG, GAC, what can sequencing do for me?

Thursday, November 19, 2020, 11:00 am to 12:00 pm PST

Whole genome sequencing of enteric organisms has enhanced the ability of public health professionals to detect, investigate, and confirm outbreaks. Understanding how sequence data is generated, analyzed, and visualized makes interpreting sequence data more accessible to users outside the laboratory. This course will provide a high-level overview of the topic, taking learners through the sequencing process from test tube to phylogenetic trees, with a focus on why this data matters to foodborne outbreak investigators.

The Role of Environmental Assessments in Outbreak Investigations

Thursday, November 12, 2020, 11:00 am to 12:00 pm PST

Outbreak investigations often involve a partnership between labs, epidemiologists, and food safety professionals. This presentation will help describe how doing an environmental assessment (not an inspection) can impact an investigation. Discovering how the outbreak occurred by determining what the contributing factors and antecedents were will also be discussed.

Every outbreak can be an opportunity to learn something new regarding safer ways to handle foods and how to prevent other outbreaks from happening.

Foodborne Epidemiology: Outbreak and Investigation Review 2020

Thursday, November 5, 2020, 11:00 am to 12:00 pm PST

Despite the ongoing COVID-19 response, foodborne outbreaks continue to occur and require thoughtful, systematic investigation. Whether relatively new to foodborne epidemiology, assisting food safety colleagues during the COVID-19 response, or a veteran foodborne outbreak investigator, we hope that this session can serve as a helpful refresher. We will provide an update on the burden of foodborne illness, review outbreak epidemiology, discuss the key steps involved in a foodborne outbreak investigation, walk through an outbreak scenario, and more!