Spatial Epidemiology and Disease Ecology
The Geographic Information Science and Spatial Analysis (GISSA) lab is located in the College of Veterinary Medicine, at the University of Illinois. The mission of GISSA is to apply Geographic Information Science (GISci) to improve the health of people, animals and the environment.
What we do:
- Spatial epidemiology, models and statistical analysis for complex and dynamic systems
- Spatiotemporal data development to increase spatial intelligence
- Community mapping and implementation of spatial sciences for public health
- Education and training in GISci
- Data collection, surveys, and sampling design with mobile applications, data loggers, and in-person investigations
Spatial and temporal risk of disease
Models built on statistical analyses that take into account disease processes and the environmental and social differences across time and Vector-borne and zoonotic diseases are of particular interest.
Weather, water and health
The effects of variable temperature and precipitation on health events of people and animals with a special focus on water resources.
Geographic Information Science for public health
The implementation of health informatics with a spatial component for use by local health departments and other agencies.
Dynamic urban environments and neighborhood health
The complexities of interactions between people, animals and arthropod vectors that influence how neighborhoods influence the health of residents.
Movement patterns of people and animals
Measuring and modeling the space-time dimensions of human and animal migration, circulation and interaction.