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Topic: IDEA Seminar Series - Prioritization of Zoonotic Diseases: Insights from Conjoint Analysis

Date: Friday, February 17, 2012
Time: 12:00 pm, Eastern Standard Time (New York, GMT-05:00)
Meeting Number: 625 640 396
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We're delighted to have Dr. Vicky Ng from the Centre for Public Health and Zoonoses at the University of Guelph as our speaker for IDEA on February 17. The seminar as always is at the Fields Institute, 222 College Street, from noon to 1 EST, and snacks will be served.

Her talk is entitled: Prioritization of Zoonotic Diseases: Insights from Conjoint Analysis

Some of you may have taken part in this study, which has been promoted via ProMED. It should be extremely interesting, from both methodological and substantive points of view. For those unfamiliar with conjoint analysis, this is a group of techniques originally used in market research which are now finding broad application in public health and healthcare policy.


“Zoonotic diseases are diseases that are transmitted between humans and animals. Zoonotic diseases account for over half of all communicable diseases causing illness in humans and approximately 75% of new emerging diseases. As limited resources are usually available for the control and prevention of zoonotic diseases, it becomes necessary to prioritize diseases in order to direct resources into those with the greatest needs. While there is general consensus for the need to prioritize zoonotic diseases, there are numerous challenges in the process of prioritization. This talk will present on the use of Conjoint Analysis to overcome the limitations in traditional prioritization methodologies and the results from a study involving over 3,000 participants across Canada and the US.


Information provided by:

David Fisman, MD, MPH, FRCP

Assoc. Professor

Epidemiology, Medicine and Health Policy Management and Evaluation

Dalla Lana School of Public Health

155 College Street, Room 547

Toronto, ON, Canada M4V 1X6


Tel: (416) 978-6866 Fax: (416) 978-8299