Designing and Evaluating the Need for Patient Based Clinical Prediction Rules for Influenza Triage Telemedicine

Annika Cleven, a student at St. Olaf College, worked in the lab of Dr. Andreas Handel Abstract Using data that was collected from a university health center where patients and clinicians were asked to report the presence of a list of respiratory-related symptoms, we analyzed the need for patient based Clinical Prediction Rules (CPRs).  We

Investigating the Clinical Relevance of Patient-Reported Symptoms for Influenza Triage

Jacqueline Dworaczyk, a student at Arizona State University, worked in the lab of Dr. Andreas Handel. Telemedicine has become increasingly popular during the age of Covid-19. During a public health crisis, telemedicine could be used as a tool to triage patients and prevent burden on the health care system. In an exploratory data analysis, we

Infectious disease professionals need better training in modeling

Salil Goyal, a student at the University of California Berkeley, worked with Dr. Andreas Handel. Models have become increasingly important in the field of infectious disease epidemiology, and broadly in the field of public health, in recent years because the ability of scientists and officials to make educated decisions based on data is important. However,

Is relative viral load an important metric for treatment and prognosis of influenza A?

Zane Billings, a student at Western Carolina University, worked with Dr. Andreas Handel and graduate student Brian McKay in the UGA College of Public Health. Abstract Influenza-like illnesses (ILIs) present with several of the same symptoms, including cough, fatigue, and weakness. However, ILIs can be caused by a range of different pathogens with vastly different treatments.

Understanding the dynamics of viral shedding within Norovirus infected subjects

Simran Budhwar from the University of Virginia, worked with Rachel Mercaldo, Brian McKay, and Dr. Andreas Handel to study shedding of Norovirus. Abstract: Norovirus (NoV) is a common cause of acute gastroenteritis. Symptoms include vomiting and diarrhea, which can lead to complications such as dehydration and also serve to spread viral particles through bodily fluids.

Predicting the Effectiveness of Novel Tuberculosis Regimens

Taylor Joseph, a student from Michigan State University, worked with Dr. Andreas Handel to use computational methods to examine new tuberculosis treatment regimes. Abstract: Tuberculosis (TB) remains one of the world’s most deadly diseases, as current treatment protocols are far outdated and often ineffective. Furthermore, current regimens are complicated and last many months, often leading

Impact of patient non-compliance on tuberculosis treatment regimens

Kylie Balotin, a student at Rice University, and Dr. Andreas Handel, in the UGA Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, worked together to model the effect of patient compliance on the effectiveness of tuberculosis treatments. Kylie Balotin1 and Andreas Handel2 1 Rice University, Houston, TX, 77005, USA1 2 Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, College of Public