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Spatial analysis of neglected tropical diseases for research and policy: practical introductory workshop.

posted Feb 5, 2016, 3:52 AM by Nicola Wardrop
I'm running a workshop in September this year along with Dr Ricardo Soares Magalhaes (University of Queensland) and Dr Nick Hamm (University of Twente). The workshop precedes the International Congress for Tropical Medicine and Malaria (which runs 18th - 22nd September).

For more information and registration, see the International Congress for Tropical Medicine and Malaria website.

Thursday 15 & Friday 16 September 2016, Brisbane, Australia.

This workshop will give participants a practical understanding of the concepts underpinning spatial analysis including predictive modelling of neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), with hands-on experience in the application of a range of methods for describing and analysing NTD spatial data. These methods include the construction and visualisation of maps of NTD data from real-life examples, as well as the description of the spatial variation at different spatial scales. A range of sources for spatial datasets which can be used in epidemiological research (e.g. land cover, population density, climatic factors) will be introduced, and the linkage of spatial datasets will be demonstrated in computer based practicals. The statistical evaluation of hypotheses using epidemiological and environmental data will also be covered. Finally, a range of advanced statistical methods that can be used for the development of spatial models for both area and point-based data will be discussed, including the steps taken for model validation and the generation of predictive maps of infection relevant to inform further research and NTD control policy.

This workshop will be valuable for researchers and public health workers who are interested in the application of mapping, spatial analysis and geostatistical modelling to neglected tropical disease (NTD) data.

Date: Thursday 15 & Friday 16 September 2016
Time: 0900 – 1700 (both days)
Venue: Global Change Institute, University of Queensland, St Lucia campus.

  • Workshop only: A$750.00
  • Price of workshop if purchasing Congress registration: A$650.00
  • Student workshop only: A$550.00
  • Price of workshop if purchasing Student Congress registration: A$500.00

Workshop Organisers: Dr Ricado J. Soares Magalhaes (University of Queensland, Australia), Dr. Nicola Wardrop (University of Southampton, United Kingdom), Dr. Nicholas Hamm (University of Twente, The Netherlands)
Inclusions: Workshop attendance, morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea catering, and post-workshop Networking Event including canapés and drinks.