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Yale: Institute for Global Health, Emory Lead Workshop Into Study Designs for Projects on Disease Transmission

Human contact is central to understanding disease transmission, yet, we know little about the nature, frequency and determinants of human interactions.

The Yale Institute for Global Health in collaboration with Emory University recently hosted multi-country study mixes that included epidemiologists, engineers, and anthropologists who use standardized methods such as proximity-sensing devices and social contact diaries to collect data from urban and rural populations and lower- and middle-income countries. The purpose of the workshop was to identify practical designs of the study tools. Co-investigators provided insights into the local socio-cultural contexts regarding appropriate use of the wearable sensor devise technology for their respective field-sites.

This data enables researchers to characterize patterns of social interaction across age ranges to understand the transmission of infectious diseases as well as collect social contact data from workplace settings to assess the effectiveness of various social distancing strategies in reducing or slowing the transmission of pandemic influenza in the United States.

The two study groups — entitled “Comprehensive Profiling of Social Mixing Patterns in Resource Poor Countries” and “Comprehensively Profiling Social Mixing Patterns in Workplace Settings to Model Pandemic Influenza Transmission” are sponsored by the National Institute of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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