2014 Awards for Outstanding Research Articles in Biosurveillance

The ISDS membership has voted on the 2014 finalists, and ISDS is pleased to announce the winners of the 2014 Awards for Outstanding Research Articles in Biosurveillance:

Impact on field of biosurveillance

  • First prize: Olson DR, Konty KJ, Paladini M, Viboud C, Simonsen L. Reassessing Google Flu Trends Data for Detection of Seasonal and Pandemic Influenza: A Comparative Epidemiological Study at Three Geographic Scales. PLoS Comput Biol. 2013;9(10):e1003256. 
  • Second prize: Schijven J, Bouwknegt M, de Roda Husman AM, et al. A Decision Support Tool to Compare Waterborne and Foodborne Infection and/or Illness Risks Associated with Climate Change. Risk Anal. 2013;33(12):2154-2167. 

Scientific achievement

  • First prize: Jombart T, Cori A, Didelot X, Cauchemez S, Fraser C, Ferguson N. Bayesian Reconstruction of Disease Outbreaks by Combining Epidemiologic and Genomic Data. PLoS Comput Biol. 2014;10(1):e1003457. 
  • Second prize: Dorjee S, Revie C, Poljak Z, McNab W, Sanchez J. One-Health Simulation Modelling: A Case Study of Influenza Spread between Human and Swine Populations using NAADSM. Transboundary and emerging diseases. 2014. 



Eligibility: All nominated articles related to biosurveillance or of interest to the ISDS Research Committee, published in May 2013 through April 2014. Early publication articles (e.g., online only) were eligible.

Judging criteria
1. Impact on field of biosurveillance

  • Potential to change the way that surveillance is practiced
  • Potential to attract scientists from other disciplines
  • Educational value to a broader audience

2. Scientific achievement

  • Innovation of methodology or application
  • Rigor of methods
  • Quality of scientific writing

First and second awards are presented for the 'Impact on field of biosurveillance' and 'Scientific achievement' categories. The awards are offered to the corresponding author, who may defer the award to another co-author of their choice. Prizes:

  • First prize: Invitation to present at the 2014 ISDS Conference or an invitation to present a featured webinar and 50% discounted 2014 ISDS Conference registration.
  • Second prize: $50 Amazon gift certificate and 25% discounted 2014 ISDS Conference registration.

There was a special literature review to highlight the finalist articles - view slides and recording here.

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