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CPHAZ 2015 Symposium

Thank you for making our 2015 Scientific Symposium a success!

The symposium was a wonderful event and we would like to thank our speakers, sponsors, students and many participants for contributing to such a constructive and rewarding day. We hope everyone enjoyed it as much as we did. On May 28, 2015, we had close to 180 attendees, 28 posters, 20 speakers and 10 graduate students for the interactive sessions, that makes for one jam packed day covering a wide range of public health topics! 

Below you will find links to the videos and abstracts for the presentations from the day:

Session 1

Shawn Zentner (WDGPH)
"Vector-borne disease programs at Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health"

Michelle Thompson (OMAFRA)
"Evaluation of the control of West Nile virus in Ontario: did risk patterns change from 2005-1012"

Ariel Porty (Laurentian University)
"Investigating the ecology of Coxiella burnetii at the livestock-wildlife interface"

Katie Clow (University of Guelph)
"The distribution of Ixodes scapularis and Borrelia burgdorferi in Ontario, Canada"

Session 2

Sujani Sivanantharajah (PHAC)
"An outbreak of Salmonella typhimurium associated with snakes and feeder rodents from a small network of breeders"

Lindsay Day (University of Guelph)
"Integrating indigenous and western knowledge systems for improved water management and research in the North"

Mythri Viswanathan (University of Guelph)
"Cluster analysis of Campylobacter isolates from cattle, swine, and mammalian wildlife on southern Ontario farms"

Andrea Thomas-Bachli (University of Guelph)
"Corvid and mosquito pool surveillance for the detection of West Nile virus in Ontario, 2002-2008"

Session 3

Jane Parmley (CWHC)
"Avian Influenza - the role of wild birds???"

Claire Jardine (University of Guelph)
"Prevalence and intensity of Baylisascaris procyonis infections in raccoons from Ontario"

Session 4

Lindsey Lebert (University of Guelph)
"Antimicrobial resistance in E. coli and Salmonella from small holder chickens"

Adam Beswick (University of Guelph)
"Social media surveillance: using Twitter to track influenza in Canada"

Session 5

Nicole Nemeth (University of Guelph)
"The potential utility of a non-conventional surveillance method for Blastomyces dermatitidis using the red fox (Vulpes vulpes)"

Karen Shapiro (University of California-Davis)
"How can a terrestrial zoonosis be so prevalent in the oceans? Toxoplasma gondii in California sea otters"

Mackenzie Slifierz (University of Guelph)
"Factors contributing to antibioticresistance among livestock-associated Staphylococcus aureus"

Session 6

Maureen Anderson (OMAFRA) & Catherine Filejski (MOHLTC)
"Rabies in Ontario, 2015: A new provincial approach to prevention and control"

Anne Deckert (PHAC)
"CIPARS: Antimicrobial use and antimicrobial resistance highlights from the 2013 surveillance year"

Frank Pollari (PHAC)
"FoodNet Canada - Integrated surveillance for food safety: farm to fork"


Kristin Bondo Epidemiology of Salmonella raccoons and their environment on swine farms and conservation areas  Poster   Abstract 
Joelle Ingrao Methodology for development of a recombinant viral vaccine against Toxoplasma gondii  Poster   Abstract 
Lindsay Day Integrating Indigenous and Western knowledge systems for improved water management and research in the North    
Adele Carty Establishing a baseline: Adverse maternal pregnancy outcomes and associated risk factors by pre-pregnancy body mass index (BMI)  Poster   Abstract 
Christine James The epidemiology of Ixodes scapularis and Borrelia burgdorferi of pet dogs living in an emarging Lyme disease area in Ontario  Poster   Abstract
Andrea Lamarre Letting bodies be: Eating disorder recovery and the body be beautiful  Poster   Abstract
Cristiane Mesquita Rabies knowledge and practices among veterinarians in Ontario  Poster   Abstract
Shauna Morrison Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus pseudintermedius adherence to suture materials used in small animal surgery  Poster   Abstract 
Attiq Rehman Simple, fast and cost-effective identification of Salmonella serovars using single nucleotide polymorphisms  Poster   Abstract 
Margaret Stalker Microsporidiosis due to Encephalitozoon cuniculi infection in a 10 week old puppy  Poster   Abstract 
Lindsey Lebert Antimicrobial resistance in Escherichia coli and Salmonella from small holder chickens  Poster   Abstract
Genet Medhanie Spatial clustering of antimicrobial resistant organisms among dairy cattle relative to the European starling night roosts  Poster   Abstract 
Razvan Romanescu Inferring network degree distribution from influenza count data  Poster   Abstract
Alison Sumner Seasonality of Acute Gastrointestinal illness for Ugandan Batwa  Poster   Abstract 
Kate Bishop-
Seasonal changes in prevalence of acute gastrointestinal illness in Rigolet, Nunatsiavut, Canada  Poster   Abstract
Juliana Bonin Ferreira Patterns and determinants of Influenza A virus transmission in a swine population  Poster  Abstract
Ainslie Butler Source attribution for enteric illnss in Canada using expert elicitation  Poster  Abstract
Simone Holligan The case for vegetables in public health nutrition  Poster  Abstract
Luz Maria Kisiel The application of computational agent-based modelling to identify and evaluate dog population management strategies  Poster  Abstract
Gabriella Mallia Evaluation of the epidemiology and microbiology of Clostridium difficile in long-term care facility residents  Poster   Abstract
Andrea Thomas-Bachli Corvid and mosquito pool surveillance data for the detection of West Nile virus in Ontario, 2002-2008: A comparison using survival analyses and spatial scan statistics  Poster   Abstract
Alim Nazarali The impact of MSRP carriage on surgical site infectionsin dogs undergoing TPLO  Poster  Abstract
Kate Bishop-Williams What is Ecohealth?  Poster  Abstract
Michelle Thompson Sales of over-the-counter antibiotics in Ontario and antibiotic purchasing habits of broiler, beef and pork producers  Poster   Abstract
Mythri Viswanathan Cluster analysis of Campylobacter isolates from cattle, swine, and mammalian wildlife on Southern Ontario farms  Poster   Abstract
Krysia Walczak Factors associated with the antimicrobial treatment rates for swine dysentery during the grower-finisher phase of production  Poster  Abstract
Meagan Walker Evaluation of the impact of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus pseudintermedius biofilm formation on antimicrobial susceptibility  Poster  Abstract


Congratulations to PhD candidate Simone Holligan for winning the graduate student award for top marks in the interactive sessions. It was a very close competition, with strong presentations from all 10 participants!  

                   Simone Holligan and Dr. Scott Weese at the CPHAZ 2015 Symposium

Simone Holligan and Dr. Scott Weese at the CPHAZ 2015 Symposium