2014 ISDS Post Conference – International Society for Disease Surveillance



2014 was an important time to be working in the field of disease surveillance. The thirteenth annual International Society for Disease Surveillance conference was held December 10-11, 2014 with Pre-Conference Trainings on December 9th, at the Hyatt Regency at Penn’s Landing in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The theme for the 2014 conference – Public Health Surveillance – Challenges and Solutions for the Road Ahead – highlighted key challenges voiced by the public health surveillance community and included strategies for incorporating the latest approaches, methodologies, and results into data-driven practices, programs and policies.Both the pre-conference trainings and conference programming were designed to build capacity for public health surveillance – from local to global – through highly interactive sessions focused on informatics, policy, analytical methods, and practice. Furthermore, the robust networking opportunities with professionals from across the spectrum of public health surveillance, including practitioners, academic researchers, healthcare providers, and policymakers, provided an exceptional forum for advancing disease surveillance.

We received a record number of submissions from 33 different countries worldwide, and we expect this to be our best conference to date! Be part of it!

2014 Rick Heffernan Award

ISDS is pleased to announce that the winner of the second annual Rick Heffernan Award for Public Health Practice is Joe Gibson! Joe is Director of Epidemiology at the Marion County Health Department in Indianapolis and an Affiliate Faculty member at the Indiana University School of Public Health-Bloomington. He has been named this year’s awardee in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the knowledge and practice of biosurveillance. For over 20 years, he has worked in public health and has been a champion of the development and use of public health informatics and biosurveillance. As Chair of the BioSense Governance Group for two years, Joe has worked tirelessly to ensure that the voice of the surveillance community is included in decision making and that the development of the system continues to move forward to meet user needs.

For more information on the Award, please click here.

2014 Invited Speakers

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See Opening Keynote Scott McNabb’s Slides Here!

About Philadelphia

ISDS was thrilled to host its 2014 Conference in the historical city of Philadelphia, PA. 


The 2014 ISDS Conference Conference took place at the Hyatt Regency at Penn’s Landing in Philadelphia, PA. The Hyatt Regency is just steps away from one of the “most historic miles in America,” and you can walk from the hotel to sites such as the Liberty Bell Center, Independence Hall, the Betsy Ross House, National Constitution Center and Old City Philadelphia. Moreover, the Hyatt Regency Philadelphia at Penn’s Landing is located on the banks of the Delaware, offering stunning views overlooking the water.

2014 Scientific Program Committee 

 Every year, a group of dedicated professionals volunteer to develop the agenda and content of the pre-conference workshops and conference. The 2014 ISDS Scientific Program Committee was a diverse group of individuals working in various sectors and disciplines. Learn more.