Multinational Influenza Seasonal Mortality Study (MISMS) Workshop
October 13-15th, 2015, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan
The Fogarty International Center of the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) will hold an influenza training workshop in collaboration with the 2015 Asia-Pacific Congress of Medical Virology and Taiwan National University on the Medical campus of National Taiwan University. This will be the 14th regional meeting held as part of the FIC-initiated Multinational Influenza Seasonal Mortality Study (MISMS). The goal of this hands-on training workshop is to introduce and demonstrate a variety of analytical methods and softwares to analyze epidemiologic and virus sequence data from human, swine and avian populations. Participants are encouraged to bring their own datasets for analysis during the workshop; sample datasets and programs will also be provided. There will be opportunities for presentation of participantsí datasets and projects, one-on-one discussions/tutorials with MISMS staff, and opportunities for further collaborations including assistance for publication. The workshop is open to virologists, epidemiologists, public health officials, physicians, biologists, and veterinary scientists interested in influenza and other respiratory pathogens. The workshop is free of charge; participants will be selected based on an abstract submission process.
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Originally called the Multinational Influenza Seasonal Mortality Study, MISMS was initiated in 2001 to analyze national and global mortality patterns associated with influenza virus circulation. The focus of MISMS has since expanded to include evaluating the interaction between the epidemiology, ecology, and evolutionary dynamics of influenza, including natural selection, reassortment, migration, and antigenic change.
Meet our research team
- To analyze the transmission patterns of influenza viruses, quantify time trends and geographical variations in age-specific disease burden, and evaluate control strategies.
- To understand the interaction between the health impact and the antigenic, genomic, and evolutionary characteristics of influenza viruses in human, avian, and swine populations.
Thanks to everyone who attended all of our recent training workshops and for making them such a great success! Please let us know what sorts of collaborations you have forged through our meetings and how our workshops have helped you in the analysis of your data.
Genomic and epidemiologic data have been acquired/analyzed from 24 countries:
Argentina - Australia - Brazil - Canada -
Colombia - Denmark - Egypt - France - Hong Kong - Iceland - Israel - Italy - Japan - Mexico - Netherlands - New Zealand - Nicaragua - Peru - South Africa - South Korea - Taiwan - United Kingdom - USA - Vietnam
Ongoing data collection in 5 countries:
Bolivia - Russia - Singapore - Spain - Uruguay