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FHS Research Seminar – Dr. Emma Griffiths – Pandemic Viral Surveillance in Canada and Around the World: Strategies for Data Harmonization and Integration to Fight COVID-19

November 25, 2021

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Pandemic viral surveillance in Canada and around the world: strategies for data harmonization and integration to fight COVID-19

Dr. Emma Griffiths
Centre for Infectious Disease and One Health, Faculty of Health Sciences, SFU

Public health laboratories around the world have used genomics to track SARS-CoV-2 transmission and outbreaks, identify variants of concern, and develop tests and vaccines. Contextual data (clinical/epidemiological and methods information) is critical for interpreting sequence data and analytical results, however the way it is encoded greatly impacts the way it can be understood, combined, and used. Our lab has developed tools and data standards to better enable harmonization and integration of this information for public health surveillance in Canada and globally during the COVID-19 pandemic. These tools are also being repurposed for other pathogens, and helping to shape the pathogen contextual data ecosystem needed to improve data sharing during health emergencies.

Dr. Emma Griffiths completed her PhD at McMaster University studying how indels (sequence inserts and deletions) can be used to study bacterial evolution. Since then she has used genetics approaches to understand how pathogens work. Now she uses informatics approaches to help public health agencies track and control those pathogens.



November 25
12:00 pm - 1:15 pm




SFU Faculty of Health Sciences