2013 ISDS Conference: Call for Abstracts – The ISDS Community Forum


Abstract submissions are now being accepted for presentation at the 2013 ISDS Conference to be held in New Orleans, Louisiana, December 12-13, 2013. The theme for this year’s conference- Translating Research and Surveillance into Action– will focus on strategies for incorporating the latest in biosurveillance approaches, methodologies, and results into evidence-based public health practices, programs, and policies. Submissions that address the conference theme, i.e. the effective transfer of evidence to inform public health, and/or international surveillance and collaboration are especially encouraged.  The ISDS conference is the premier annual scientific gathering for researchers and practitioners in public health, epidemiology, health policy, biostatistics and mathematical modeling, informatics, computer science, and related fields focused on biosurveillance and emerging challenges to public health practice. The 2013 ISDS Conference will feature internationally renowned speakers from health departments, leading academic institutions, government agencies, international health agencies and top industrial organizations. 

Abstracts accepted for presentation at the 2013 ISDS Conference will be published in a special supplement of the Online Journal of Public Health Informatics.

Discipline-Specific Themes

Analytical Methods: This theme is focused on important and novel advances in the field of surveillance methodologies and analytical approaches. Abstracts in this category may describe methods used in a production-type environment, still under development, or which have been tested only in a research setting.   

Informatics: Abstracts in this category may describe informatics practices used in a production-type environment, still under development, or which have been tested only in a research setting.  


Policy (at local, state, federal, international levels): Topics include, but are not limited to: legal/ethical/security/privacy issues in surveillance; Meaningful Use (U.S. policy) impact on public health departments; policies around social media/leveraging social networks for risk communication; and International Health Regulations (2005).


Public health/population health surveillance practice: This discipline is focused on improving the daily processes of surveillance, outbreak investigation, management, and response. Abstracts in this category may describe practices used in a production environment by public health departments or other agencies or describe evaluations of public health surveillance, health systems research, etc.   


Abstract Submission Deadline: September 9, 2013

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