Informatics Research Seminar

Wednesday, February 8, 2017 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Hock Auditorium (Ground Level) Hock Plaza, 2424 Erwin Road, Durham, NC

Informatics Research Seminars

Wednesday, February 8, 2017 … 4:00pm to 5:00pm

Presentation Title: GIS and Spatial Tools for Disease Mapping

Speaker: Paul M. Lantos, MD, MS GIS, FIDSA, FAAP, FACP

Where: Hock Auditorium (Ground Level), Hock Plaza, 2424 Erwin Road, Durham, NC 27705

Abstract: Geographic information systems (GIS) are digital tools allowing researchers to join diverse data sources based on shared geography. GIS is a valuable tool for many clinical and public health research applications, such as studies of environmental exposures, demographic predictors of health outcomes, and disease clustering. The availability of clinical data from electronic medical records has created new opportunities to study disease patterns using GIS. GIS, spatial data models, and examples of their application in research studies will be discussed.

Speaker: Paul Lantos, MD, MS is a specialist in hospital medicine and in pediatric infectious diseases, a medical instructor in the Duke Divisions of General Internal Medicine and Pediatric Infectious Diseases, and an Affiliate of the Duke Global Health Initiative. He has an M.D. from the University of Connecticut and an MS in Geographic Information Systems from Johns Hopkins University. His research interest is the spatial epidemiology of infectious diseases using GIS and spatial statistical modeling. He has active studies of Lyme disease, cytomegalovirus, influenza, and dengue fever. In addition to his research, he has conducted training workshops on GIS in the United States, China, and Mongolia.

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