The MIDAS Webinar Series features research by MIDAS members, and is open to the public.
Date: Friday, March 25th, 2022
Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm Eastern (USA)
Topic: Assessing seasonality and forecasts of dengue across the Americas
Speaker: Dr. Talia Quandelacy, Colorado School of Public Health
Abstract: Dengue is a neglected disease that causes high morbidity and mortality in Latin America and Southeast Asia. Regional patterns of dengue have been extensively studied in Southeast Asia, but in the Americas region, dengue seasonality is less understood. We obtained national and subnational monthly dengue surveillance data from thirteen countries ranging from 1985 to 2018 and used this data to evaluate seasonal patterns across the Americas region. We also developed a set of models using monthly dengue surveillance data to evaluate forecast skill one- to six-months ahead.
Bio: Dr. Talia Quandelacy is an infectious disease epidemiologist and an Assistant Professor at the Colorado School of Public Health’s Department of Epidemiology. Her research focuses on studying transmission dynamics of respiratory and arboviral diseases, and quantifying disease patterns across space and time to inform preparedness and prevention efforts. She is part of the Colorado School of Public Health’s COVID-19 Modeling Team and was previously a member of the CDC COVID Response’s Modeling and Forecasting Team. She recently completed her postdoctoral fellowship in the Infectious Disease Modeling and Analytics Unit at CDC’s Dengue Branch in Puerto Rico, and she completed her doctoral training in Epidemiology at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.