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Digital Disease Detection: ProMed, Health Map, and Flu Near You

Session: Symposium: The Digital World: Disease Detection, Adherence, and Behavior Modification
Friday, October 10, 2014: 2:00 PM
Room: The Pennsylvania Convention Center: 114
John Brownstein, PhD, Medicine - Informatics, Boston Children's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA

John S. Brownstein is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, and has joint appointments in the Children's Hospital Boston Informatics Program at the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology and the Division of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Brownstein was trained as an epidemiologist at Yale University where he received his PhD. Dr. Brownstein’s research interests are in the development of methods and applications in public health informatics which focuses on two major areas: (1) the design, evaluation and implementation of public health surveillance systems and (2) statistical modeling of public health surveillance data to improve prevention and control activities. This research has focused on a variety of infectious disease systems including malaria, HIV, dengue, West Nile virus, Lyme disease, RSV and influenza.
Current research activities focus on predicting patterns of influenza epidemics and pandemics, with specific interests in the efficacy of disease control strategies including vaccination, quarantine and travel restrictions. He has received funding for this research from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and Canadian Institutes of Health Research. He is also leading the development several novel disease surveillance systems, including, an internet-based global infectious disease intelligence system. The system receives grant funding from and is currently in use by the CDC, WHO, DHS, DOD, HHS, EU among others.
Dr. Brownstein has advised the World Health Organization, Institute of Medicine, the US Departments of Health and Human Services and Homeland Security, and the White House on real-time public health surveillance. He has used this experience in his role as a board member of the International Society for Disease Surveillance. He has authored over thirty articles in the area of disease surveillance. This work has been reported on widely including pieces in the New England Journal of Medicine, Science, Nature, New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, CNN, National Public Radio and the BBC.

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