Nous sommes au Québec cette semaine!

Photo courtesy of Wendy Xie

Photo courtesy of Wendy Xie

Here we are in lovely Sainte-Hyacinthe, QC for the 2019 Conference of the Canadian Association of Veterinary Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine (CAVEPM).  We are learning about navigating science information overload in the era of big data. We are also presenting some of the work being done by our very own mathepilab members!

Calling all Dairy Veterinarians!

If you were at the Ontario Association for Bovine Practitioners meeting on May 2, you may have noticed a couple of people standing in front of a poster (see below) with a bowl of candy on offer. We were hoping you would stop to chat with us about our upcoming research project involving antimicrobial stewardship. For those of you who missed us, follow the link below to find out more about the project and to participate in a very short survey about your practice management software:

http://www.mathepilab.org/open

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Elissa is going to Switzerland!

Congratulations to mathepilab member Elissa Giang for winning a Food from Thought Travel Award! Elissa will use the award to attend the 17th International Conference on Production Diseases in Farm Animals in Bern, Switzerland, where she will give an oral presentation of her research findings and promote knowledge mobilization for the Food from Thought research program. Elissa’s MSc work focuses on production-limiting diseases in swine (Streptococcus suis disease) and the use of mathematical models to simulate management-driven control strategies for reducing disease burden in the nursery. In light of recent changes made by Health Canada regarding the provision of medically important antibiotics in animals, the model will help to enable producers to consider management-driven interventions as alternative forms of disease control while also minimizing the use of antimicrobials. Well done Elissa!

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Welcome Kamal!

Our newest lab member, Kamal Acharya, hails from the University of Sydney where he completed his PhD in veterinary science examining various aspects of Johne’s disease.

Kamal joins the math epi lab as a post-doctoral fellow. His current research is focused on the development and evaluation of an open web-based system for veterinary antimicrobial stewardship.

We look forward to working with you Kamal!

Photo courtesy of Kamal Archarya

Photo courtesy of Kamal Archarya

Sharing our equine research program with international colleagues in Calgary.

Dr. Rachael MIlwid talks about her proximity sensing study and network epidemic model.

Dr. Rachael MIlwid talks about her proximity sensing study and network epidemic model.


What a great start to fall 2018! It was an absolutely fantastic experience to attend the first annual International Equine Symposium in Calgary in September 2018. Rachael, Tanya and I each presented different equine projects that we have been conducting in Ontario and the feedback was really fantastic. It was a great way to interact with equine practitioners, researchers and students and wrapped up with an absolutely wonderful evening at Spruce Meadows to watch the 6-bar jumping event. We can’t wait to return next year to share updated results!


Dr. Amy Greer, Dr. Tanya Rossi, and Dr. Rachael Milwid (left to right)

Dr. Amy Greer, Dr. Tanya Rossi, and Dr. Rachael Milwid (left to right)

Lead up to the 6-bar jumping event at Spruce Meadows.

Lead up to the 6-bar jumping event at Spruce Meadows.

Fall is the most wonderful time of year!

Members of the math.epi.lab at the end of the Centre for Public Health and Zoonosis Annual Research Symposium in June 2018. From left to right: Elissa Giang, Dr. Amy Greer, Melanie Cousins, Emma Gardner, Wendy Xie, and Roksolana Hovdey. 

Members of the math.epi.lab at the end of the Centre for Public Health and Zoonosis Annual Research Symposium in June 2018. From left to right: Elissa Giang, Dr. Amy Greer, Melanie Cousins, Emma Gardner, Wendy Xie, and Roksolana Hovdey. 

With fall comes the start (continuation?) of the academic travel season. Are you wondering where you might find members of the math.epi.lab this fall? We will be presenting our most recent research findings in Canada, the US, and Thailand so we will be "in transit" quite a bit this fall. Be sure to catch up with us if you are planning to attend any of the following conferences and events.

1) 2018 Calgary International Equine Symposium (Sept 2018)

2) Pandemic Influenza Outbreak Research Modelling (Pan-Inform) meeting (Oct 2018)

3) 15th International Symposium of Veterinary Epidemiology and Economics: ISVEE15 (Nov 2018)

4) Conference for Research Workers in Animal Diseases (Dec 2018)

New paper out from Luz Kisiel on dog population control

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Photo credit: Luz Maria Kisiel

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Congratulations to Luz and team on the publication of her second MSc thesis research paper. This is a great example of how models can be used to model dog population dynamics and then use the model to look at different surgical and non-surgical population control interventions. Spoiler alert: if you are running a surgical dog population control program and have limited resources the model suggests that changing your focus to young, female dogs exclusively is more effective in the long run than focusing on mixed groups of dogs. You can read more here

Photo credit: Luz Maria Kisiel

Photo credit: Luz Maria Kisiel