Spatial Epidemiology, Disease Mapping and GIS
The Geographic Information System and Spatial Analysis (GISSA) lab is located in the Department of Pathobiology in the College of Veterinary Medicine, at the University of Illinois. The mission of GISSA is to improve public health with geographic information science. Our research focuses on the spatial epidemiology of diseases. We create spatial databases, carry out statistical analyses, and provide help with GIS implementation. We also perform workshops geared toward teaching the use of GIS software for analyzing and improving public health.
News and Events
As we have done for the past 3 years, we estimate mosquito infection with statistical models that use rainfall and temperature in northeastern Illinois. Based on our work, we have considered why some years have higher infection rates than others. Also, we can estimate future infection rates based on weather data from past weeks.
The Focal Point Program: IBEMEA - a graduate student program on infectious disease and water resources
Integration of Biological, Epidemiological, Mathematical and Engineering Approaches to the Management of Mosquito-Borne Disease: An Interdisciplinary Global Challenge
Geographic assessment of unattended swimming pools in post-Katrina New Orleans, 2006-2008. The paper can be found here.
Terrestrial vegetation and aquatic chemistry influence larval mosquito abundance in catch basins, Chicago, USA. The paper can be found here.
Evaluation of a wild white-tailed deer population management program for controlling chronic wasting disease in Illinois, 2003-2008. The paper can be found here.
Health Applications of Geographic Information Systems CHLH/GEOG/PATH 439
Learn about spatial data, making maps and how to apply GIS to problems related to health – from improving the environment, mapping disease and studying access to facilities.
Congratulations to Imelda Moise, PhD!
She has successfully defended her dissertation Health risk differentials: implications of neighborhood conditions on various health outcomes in New Orleans, 2004-2009.
Allie Gardner was the lead author on the paper Weather Variability Affects Abundance of Larval Culex (Diptera: Culicidae) in Storm Water Catch Basins in Suburban Chicago" published in Journal of Medical Entomology. See story in Inside Illinois.
Learn how spatial thinking, software, and analysis can improve population health through assessment of environmental conditions related to pathogen transmission and health outcomes. The course includes, lectures, readings, discussions, hands-on lab exercises, and a term project. We will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2-4pm in rooms VMBSB 2506 and 2281.
The GISSA lab is participating in the planning and execution of the USDA funded project "Flu at the Zoo", a tabletop exercise to improve preparedness for the potential introduction of a a new virus at a zoo. Stakeholders from zoos in the Midwest along with people from public health, agriculture, wildlife management and the poultry industry will participate. The GISSA group is helping with maps and a spatial perspective on the problem.
In this readings discussion group, we will investigate both foundational and emerging topics in epidemiology from an interdisciplinary, One Heatlh, perspective – taking into consideration human, animal and environmental health.
West Nile Virus in the Greater Chicago Area: A geographic examination of human illness and risk from 2002 to 2006. The paper can be found here.
The Geographic Information System and Spatial Analysis Laboratory (GISSA) at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine will provide assistance to the ASPCA to reduce intakes to local shelters through mapping and focused analysis of spatial data on intakes and S/N activities.