Congratulations to former mathepilab member Dr. Kelsey Spence!

Kelsey’s research characterizing the movement network of horses in Ontario has been published in PLOS ONE! The results indicated that horses did not travel to the same locations each month, and the most connected locations varied between consecutive months. These results support the need to better understand the variety of locations to which horses can travel in Ontario, as different types of locations may have different associated risks of disease spread.

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Hot in Switzerland!

Photo courtesy of Elissa Giang

Photo courtesy of Elissa Giang

Mathepilab member Elissa Giang sweated it out in Bern during Switzerland’s record-breaking heat wave last month! Elissa was in Bern to attend the 17th International Conference on Production Diseases in Farm Animals, where she gave an oral presentation of her research findings focusing on production-limiting diseases in swine and the use of mathematical models to simulate management-driven control strategies for reducing disease burden in the nursery.

It’s hard to feel sorry for her though…look at that view!

Photo courtesy of Elissa Giang

Photo courtesy of Elissa Giang

Photo courtesy of Elissa Giang

Photo courtesy of Elissa Giang

And that beach!

We are looking for a new PhD student with an interest in horses!

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PhD student  - Equine Network Epidemiology and Biosecurity (ENEBT)  Team 

The Mathematical Epidemiology Laboratory, University of Guelph

Application Deadline: June 30, 2019

 Applications are invited for a PhD position in veterinary epidemiology and mathematical modeling in the Mathematical Epidemiology Laboratory (www.mathepilab.org) at the Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph. The successful applicant will be involved in a research program that will apply quantitative methods to the area of equine infection control and biosecurity. The project will be co-supervised by Dr. Amy Greer and Dr. Terri O’Sullivan who co-lead the ENEB team at the Ontario Veterinary College. 

 

Applicants should have significant experience in veterinary medicine, epidemiology, and/or population health. The successful candidate will have excellent English language communication skills (both verbal and written), strong analytical skills, and experience conducting research in a highly interdisciplinary environment. Prior experience with R and working with horses and/or horse owners would be considered an asset. Preference will be given to applicants who also hold a DVM degree and who have experience working with veterinary professionals in a research environment. 

The starting date is September 2019 (contingent on funding), or as soon as possible thereafter.All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Incomplete applications will not be considered and only selected applicants will be contacted for an interview.

 How to apply:

Applicants should first review the Graduate Studies website to ensure that they meet the requirements for admission to our graduate program (https://www.uoguelph.ca/graduatestudies/).  Applicants must submit a cover letter that specifically addresses the applicants interest in equine epidemiology and biosecurity, a recent curriculum vitae, and a copy of their academic transcript (unofficial is fine). Applicants should also submit contact information for at least two individuals who can provide letters of recommendation to Dr. Amy Greer.

 

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!

The most wonderful time of year...CRWAD 2017!

Every year in early December the Veterinary Epidemiology community comes together in Chicago for the Conference for Research Workers in Animal Disease (CRWAD). This year our group contributed three oral presentations (Rachael Milwid, Melanie Cousins, and Kelsey Spence) and one poster presentation (Rachael Milwid) at the conference. I also served as the session moderator for the Modeling and Network Analysis session along with Kristen Davenport from Colorado State. Rachael presented two different projects related to her work on equine contact networks and Melanie presented her work on the development of a mathematical model for Campylobacter in Ontario. Since Kelsey is in the UK, I presented her longitudinal study of equine movement patterns. All of our projects were very well received by the audience and the Department of Population Medicine was well represented with a very large group of attending graduate students. 

Melanie giving her oral presentation in the ecology of food-borne pathogens session. 

Melanie giving her oral presentation in the ecology of food-borne pathogens session. 

The Magnificent Mile is quite magnificent in December!

The Magnificent Mile is quite magnificent in December!

Math.Epi.Lab retreat and our first lab meeting of the semester

Over the summer, I have focused my own professional development on productivity and strategic planning within a academic research environment. I was motivated to spend some time thinking abut this after realizing that our research team has grown substantially with upwards of ten members starting this fall. I read this paper in Molecular Cell and felt motivated to put a version of this plan into action this fall as a way to improve our team productivity and communication. 

On Friday September 15th, we spent the day working together as a group, discussing tools that we can we can use to make our research time more productive and efficient so that we are better able to balance our research, and teaching responsibilities with our personal lives. We also spent a considerable amount of time working on individual strategic plans for the fall semester. We will meet again in December to evaluate how well we were able to put our strategic plans into action over the course of the semester. Personally, I have found that my semester plan has helped me to prioritize my tasks and I feel much better organized as a result. 

This week we also had our first lab meeting led by Emma. We had a great discussion with each person bringing and presenting a paper from the peer-reviewed literature that was important to their development as a scientist. It was a great first lab meeting! At our next lab meeting Rachael is going to teach the group how to work with R markdown. 

A new semester arrives for the math.epi.lab

With fall comes an opportunity to review our progress over the past year and plan for the coming academic year. September always feels much more like the "New Year" to me than January and I find myself spending time looking at the literature on productivity, and strategic planning in the hopes of  implementing strategies to work "smarter" instead of "harder" this semester. With that comes my renewed desire to have our website, blog, and social media streams more active and as a group we are committing to making that happen.

Today we gathered as a team to discuss our research, and to plan for the coming academic year. There have been lots of changes over the summer.

1) We are really pleased to be welcoming Emma and Gabrielle back to the team. 

2) Salah has accepted a CIHR Health Systems Impact Fellowship to start a joint postdoc in collaboration with the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) so we will likely see a little bit less of him this semester as he begins to make the transition to working out of the PHAC office here in Guelph.. 

3) We have bid farewell to Kelsey Spence and Ariel Brunn. 

3) We are welcoming four new graduate students to our team this semester. Their profiles will be going up on the team page of the website next week but we are really excited to have Wendy, Elissa, Roksolana, and Haley joining the team!

Dr. Amy Greer and Ariel Brunn after Ariel  finished her MSc defence in August

Dr. Amy Greer and Ariel Brunn after Ariel  finished her MSc defence in August

Dr. Amy Greer, Dr. Kelsey Spence, and Dr. Terri O'Sullivan after Kelsey successfully defended her PhD dissertation in August

Dr. Amy Greer, Dr. Kelsey Spence, and Dr. Terri O'Sullivan after Kelsey successfully defended her PhD dissertation in August