Research Briefs

UF team receives CDC grant to improve modeling of infectious disease outbreaks

Sept. 22, 2022: New funding will help close gaps in infectious disease outbreak modeling. Read More

City-dwelling mammals no likelier than wild mammals to harbor human diseases

May 9, 2022: UF medical geographer Sadie Ryan contributes to a global consortium's effort to determine whether city-dwelling or wild mammals carry more viruses capable of making people ill. Read More

Natural disasters, stress, and health

April 12, 2022: UF mathematician Burton Singer contributed to a conceptual framework that can link physiological factors related to stress with negative health outcomes following natural disasters. Read More

What boosts Aedes aegypti mosquitoes in coastal Ecuador?

Dec. 8, 2021: A new study determines which household-level characteristics influence the presence of disease-carrying Aedes aegypti mosquitoes in Huaquillas, Ecuador. Read More

EPI to support international research of coronavirus variants

Nov. 29, 2021: The Emerging Pathogens Institute and partner GHESKIO join the VERDI project to understand global coronavirus genetic variants in the COVID-19 epidemic. Read More

Optimal testing can reduce COVID-19 transmission

October 13, 2021: A new model compares how various rapid antigen tests could be optimized with quarantine and surveillance efforts to reduce transmission of the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19. Read More

Public Health America profiles EPI's director

August 4, 2021: Watch this 30-minute segment on Public Health America where EPI Director J. Glenn Morris, Jr., M.D., talks about aerosols, COVID-19 transmission, and how witnessing a cholera epidemic as a child in Thailand informed his future career. Read More

Yunnan orbivirus found in Florida for first time

May 12, 2021: UF researchers find first known instance of Yunnan orbivirus in North America from postmortem tests on tissues from a farmed white-tailed deer in Florida. Read More

Modeling COVID-19 vaccination efforts in the US

May 5, 2021: Recent work contributed to by UF mathematician Burton Singer seeks to estimate how COVID-19 vaccination campaigns will affect the future trajectory of the pandemic in the US. Read More

Tracking shifting malaria trends in Zambia

March 3, 2021: New research by EPI investigators examines why intervention strategies to mitigate malaria in Zambia began failing several years ago. In a twist, the mechanisms were predicted by a separate EPI investigator in different work published five years earlier. Read More

COVID-19 literature: Language matters

Jan. 28, 2021: Tucked away in a lengthy review of COVID-19 literature is an intriguing discussion of how jargon affects COVID-19 research, as experts from different fields use common terms but define them differently. Read More

COVID-19 household transmission patterns

Jan. 8, 2021: A UF meta-analysis uncovers transmission patterns of SARS-CoV-2 within households. Read More

Epidemiology of citrus greening

Dec. 24, 2020: UF/EPI mathematical disease modeler Burton Singer has coauthored a book chapter reviewing the epidemiology of citrus greening. Read More

Refined mortality rates of COVID-19 using data from 45 countries

Nov. 20, 2020: A new study refines COVID-19 mortality rates across countries according to age and extrapolates infection rates to estimate the pandemic's size. Read More

UF plant pathologists create top-viewed poster at plant disease conference

Nov. 20, 2020: UF plant pathologists affiliated with both IFAS and the EPI earned the distinction of having a “top-viewed” poster at the virtual annual meeting of the American Phytopathological Society. Read More

1.3B people could be exposed to Zika virus by mid-century

Nov. 20, 2020: A warming world will shift arboviruses, such as Zika virus, into new areas where human populations are susceptible to infection. Read More