2013 Awards for Outstanding Research Articles in Biosurveillance

The ISDS Research Committee developed the Awards for Outstanding Research Articles in Biosurveillance (Award) in order to recognize disease surveillance scientists and professionals for contributions to their fields of research.

The initial Award candidate pool consisted of articles summarized by members of the ISDS Literature Review Subcommittee between July 2012 and June 2013. A nomination period was open from May 29, 2013 through June 25, 2013, during which any interested stakeholder was invited to nominate one or more of the articles in the initial pool or write-in any relevant article published in July 2012 or later. The Award Committee then reviewed all nominated articles and narrowed the list down to 3-4 finalist articles in each award category. The ISDS membership voted to determine the final Award winners.

The ISDS Research Committee is proud to announce the winners of the 2013 Awards for Outstanding Research Articles in Biosurveillance:

Impact on Field Category

  • First Prize: Schirmer PL, Lucero-Obusan CA, Benoit SR, et al. Dengue Surveillance in Veterans Affairs Healthcare Facilities, 2007–2010. PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 2013;7(3):e2040. doi:10.1371/journal.pntd.0002040.
  • Second Prize: Paterson BJ, Durrheim DN. The remarkable adaptability of syndromic surveillance to meet public health needs. Journal of Epidemiology and Global Health. 2013;3(1):41–47. doi:10.1016/j.jegh.2012.12.005.

Scientific Achievement Category

  • First Prize: Shaman J, Karspeck A. Forecasting seasonal outbreaks of influenza. PNAS. 2012;109(50):20425–20430. doi:10.1073/pnas.1208772109.
  • Second Prize: Conway M, Dowling JN, Chapman WW. Using chief complaints for syndromic surveillance: A review of chief complaint based classifiers in North America. Journal of Biomedical Informatics. 2013. doi:10.1016/j.jbi.2013.04.003.
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