There is a potential to lose participants and miss sentinel cases in at-risk populations with high exposure burden if measurements, biomarkers, and screening tests used in population-based studies are invasive and/or lack cultural acceptance. This can impede knowledge advancements about the natural history, disease ecology, and transmission routes for established and emerging infectious diseases. This seminar will highlight how non-invasive biomarkers of exposure and response were developed and applied to advance the evidence base about microbial exposure pressure and antimicrobial resistance among industrial food animal production workers in the U.S. Future applications to improve understanding of complex environmentally-mediated infectious diseases in difficult-to-reach populations (including population asymptomatic infection rates) will also be presented.
Speaker Biography - Christopher D. Heaney, PhD, MS
Christopher D. Heaney, PhD, MS
Assistant Prof., Environmental Health Sciences (Primary), Epidemiology (Joint), Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Christopher Heaney is Assistant Professor of Environmental Health Sciences and Epidemiology and Director of the Environmental Health Microbiology and Immunology Laboratory (EHMIL) at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. His research focuses on environmentally-mediated impacts on health and well-being, specifically community land use, waste disposal, and food production practices, and integrates the academic disciplines of environmental microbiology, molecular biology, immunology, epidemiology, and community-based participatory research (CBPR).
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