2016 ISDS Conference – International Society for Disease Surveillance


Since 2001, individuals interested in sharing and learning emerging trends in surveillance research and practice have found the ISDS Annual Conference a unique forum to advance their knowledge in the discipline of disease surveillance.

Our 15th Annual Conference, is expected to attract a record 400-plus attendees, will focus on the leading edge of data science and its application to health surveillance and security. In addition to this special focus, the Conference will continue to be the nexus of cross-disciplinary presentations geared toward broadening the vision and knowledge-base of practitioners and policy-makers worldwide.

Keynote Speaker, Professor David Heymann, CBE

davidheymann-4008471David Heymann, MD is currently professor of Infectious Disease Epidemiology, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine; head of the Centre on Global Health Security at Chatham House, London; and chairman of Public Health England, UK. Previously he was the World Health Organization’s assistant director-general for Health Security and Environment, and representative of the director-general for polio eradication.From 1998 to 2003 he was Executive Director of the WHO Communicable Diseases Cluster, during which he headed the global response to SARS, and prior to that was director for the WHO programme on Emerging and other Communicable Diseases.Earlier experiences at WHO include chief of research activities in the WHO global programme on AIDS. Before joining WHO he worked for 13 years as a medical epidemiologist in sub-Saharan Africa, on assignment from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), where he participated in the first and second outbreaks of Ebola hemorrhagic fever, and supported ministries of health in research aimed at better control of malaria, measles, tuberculosis and other infectious diseases.Prior to joining CDC he worked in India for two years as a medical epidemiologist in the WHO smallpox eradication programme. He is an elected fellow of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies (US) and the Academy of Medical Sciences (UK), and has been awarded several public health awards that have provided funding for the establishment of an on-going mentorship programme at the International Association of Public Health Institutes (IANPHI).

In 2009 he was appointed an honorary Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) for service to global public health. More…


The Conference begins on December 6th with several focused tracks featuring distinct subjects geared to give attendees small-group in-depth knowledge. These sessions, taught by recognized experts have limited space to enhance the learning environment and are offered at an added fee. Early registration is strongly encouraged.

The two full-day sessions of the main conference offer plenary sessions plus up concurrent sessions throughout the two days. Additionally, poster sessions and a “swap meet” allow registrants a chance to meet presenters and discuss research and practice interests on a personal level.

Breakfast and lunch are provided both days of the conference and on the 6th for those attending the Pre-Conference sessions. A welcome reception is also included on evening of the 7th.


Now in its 15th year, the ISDS Conference is recognized as the crucible for sharing the most current research in surveillance and related fields. Oral, poster, lightening talks and roundtables are formats available to you as a presenter. Download the Call for Abstracts.


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Key Dates

• Abstract Submission Deadline: September 9, 2016

• Author Acceptance Notification: October 7, 2016  October 11-12, 2016

Student Abstracts

Student members are invited to submit abstracts for consideration for the Award for Outstanding Student or Post-Degree Abstract, spearheaded by the Research Committee. More information about the award, as well as application information, can be found on the student awards page.

Key Dates

• Abstract Submission Deadline: September 9, 2016

• Online Student Application Deadline: September 23, 2016

• Student Abstract Award Notification: October 7, 2016  October 17, 2016


December 6-8, 2016
The pre-conference will take place on December 6, and the full conference will be on December 7-8.

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