Molecular Epidemiology and Sequencing Approaches in Public Health - Webinars

We will hold four webinars; each webinar will be 50 minutes (35 to 40 min presentation, followed by 10 – 15 min Q&A). Webinars are recorded and archived for future viewing. 

Webinar title After completion of the webinar, attendees will know Presenter(s) Date
(1) Whole genome sequencing for epidemiologists 
  • Why WGS represents a superior molecular epidemiology tool over other methods
  • How WGS has already been used to facilitate improved surveillance and trackback of infectious disease outbreaks.
Joel Sevinsky (Colorado) and CDC March 10th, 11am EST.
(2) WGS data analysis methodology – what epidemiologists need to know 
  • How NGS data are analyzed from raw data to sequence contigs
Note: this will heavily refer to module (2) to (4)
Madhu Anand and Martin Wiedmann (NY) and CDC April 21st, 3pm EST.
(3) hqSNP, wgMLST and the WGS alphabet soup: what epidemiologists need to know
  • The advantages of wgMLST and hqSNP trees
  • Why and how the same raw data can yield different trees
  • How to interpret trees
Madhu Anand and Martin Wiedmann (NY) and CDC TBD
(4) Case studies on use of WGS in foodborne disease surveillance and outbreak investigations
  • How WGS is used in foodborne disease surveillance and outbreak investigations
  • Challenges and best practices for communications of WGS data between epidemiologists and laboratorians
Stephanie Meyer (Minnesota) and CDC TBD