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Molecular Epidemiology and Sequencing Approaches in Public Health - Webinars

We held four webinars; each webinar was approximately 50 minutes (35 to 40 min presentation, followed by 10 – 15 min Q&A). Webinars were 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 (CO) and CDC March 10th, 2017, 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 (NY)

April 21st, 2017, 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

Martin Wiedmann (NY)

May 24th, 2017, 3pm EST.

(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

Matt Wise (CDC), Carlota Medus (MN), Steffany Cavallo (TN)

June 29th, 2017, 3pm EST.