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International Night Oral and Poster Presenters and Award Recipients

For more than 60 years, CDC has been working with partners around the globe to save lives, protect health, and ensure global health security through the prevention and control of disease, injury and disability. CDC promotes strategies that emphasize sound public health science and practice to achieve sustainable programs and measurable health impact. Through innovative programs, CDC helps ministries of health build workforce and systems capacity and improve public health on a local, regional, and national level.

Since 1980, through its support to Field Epidemiology Training Programs (FETPs), CDC has helped to strengthen national and local public health systems and to address the severe worldwide shortage of skilled epidemiologists. FETPs provide training in applied epidemiology to build a pool of public health workers able to use science and data to appropriately respond to their country’s public health priorities. FETPs also assist countries in meeting their core capacity requirements for surveillance and response under the revised International Health Regulations (IHR, 2005).

Each year, CDC’s Division of Public Health Systems and Workforce Development partners with the Training Programs in Epidemiology and Public Health Interventions Network (TEPHINET) to co-host International Night during the Epidemic Intelligence (EIS) Conference held in Atlanta, Georgia. International Night begins with scientific poster presentations, followed by a photo contest and exhibit, and culminates with oral presentations and an awards ceremony. All residents and graduates of field-based training programs in applied epidemiology and public health practice from around the world are invited to submit scientific abstracts. Abstracts cover investigations or projects undertaken during training and completed within the past two years. They describe outbreak investigations, implementation and evaluation of public health programs or surveillance activities, and other areas in applied epidemiology or public health practice.

EIS International Night Abstract Selection Process

All abstracts submitted for International Night undergo a peer review process designed to rank the abstracts by quality, appropriateness, and the public health importance of the epidemiologic investigation. They are reviewed by approximately 50 experienced epidemiologists who are familiar with international public health issues. These reviewers may be directors or graduates of existing FETP programs or epidemiologists from US CDC international programs. Each abstract is reviewed by three reviewers. Reviewers are randomized to the abstracts so that it is highly unlikely that any abstract will be reviewed by the same three reviewers. Reviewers complete a standardized scoresheet and may make comments which are returned to the author. To reduce subjective variability between reviewers, all raw scores are statistically standardized so that the set of scores from each reviewer will have the same mean and range as all other reviewers. The abstracts are ranked from the highest score to the lowest score according to these criteria. The top 20 abstracts are accepted for presentation. Of those 20 abstracts, the top 5 are accepted for oral presentation and the remaining 15 are selected for poster presentations. An oral presentation from the U.S. Epidemic Intelligence Service is also selected and presented on International Night.

In 2014, 261 abstracts from FETP residents and graduates from around the world covered a wide variety of subject matter areas, including food and waterborne diseases, vaccine preventable diseases, vector borne diseases, zoonoses, sexually transmitted infections, respiratory diseases, and non-communicable diseases. Six abstracts were selected for oral presentation and 15 for poster presentation, representing 16 different countries.


Drs. Dionisio Herrera, Jordan Tappero, Fadzilah Kamaludin, and Tom Kenyan present Woubayehu Kassa from Ethiopia FELTP with the Jeffrey P. Koplan Award for Best Scientific Poster Presentation. Photo courtesy of Ken Johnson.

In 2014, the Jeffrey P. Koplan Award for Excellence in Scientific Poster Presentation was introduced in honor of Dr. Koplan, former Director of CDC and current Vice President for Global Health at Emory University. This award will be presented annually to the individual whose scientific poster most effectively emphasizes the results of the investigation and its impact on public health. The winner of the Jefrey P. Koplan Award was Woubayehu Kassa from Ethiopia for her poster entitled “Dengue Fever Outbreak, Diredewa, Ethiopia, November, 2013”.

The highlight of the evening was the presentation of the William H. Foege Award for Best Scientific Oral Presentation presented by the world renowned epidemiologist and former CDC Director, Dr. William Foege. The recipient of the William H. Foege Award was Mr. Donewell Bangure from Zimbabwe for his presentation entitled “Effectiveness of Short Message Services Reminder on Childhood Immunization Programme in Kadoma, Zimbabwe—A Randomized Control Trial, 2013”.

Dr. Muhammad Bilal Khan’s (Pakistan) photograph won first place, followed by Dr. Adam Hassan Haji (Kenya) – 2nd place, and Dr. Ed Maes (Georgia) – 3rd place.

Oral Presenters

  • Ryan Wallace – Taiwan. Re-Emergence of Rabies on an Island Nation: A once in a lifetime event, or an indication of more to come?
  • Bo Liu – P.R. China. Risk Factors for Influenza A (H7N9) Disease, China, 2013
  • Tony Frederick – India. Burden of retinopathy and associated risk factors amongst diabetic patients attending rural health facilities, Kancheepuram, India 2013
  • Dilber Aktas – Turkey. An Outbreak of Oropharyngeal Tularemia from Drinking Contaminated Tap-Water—Sancaktepe Village, Bayburt Province, Turkey, July-August 2013
  • Susanne Schink – Germany. Trichinellosis outbreak: rapid and concerted public health action limits infection through early post-exposure prophylaxis, Germany, 2013.
  • Donewell Bangure – Zimbabwe. Effectiveness of Short Message Services Reminder on Childhood Immunization Programme in Kadoma, Zimbabwe, 2013- A Randomized Controlled Trial

Poster Presenters

Winner of the William H. Foege Award for Best Scientific Oral Presentation Mr Donwell Bangure from Zimbabwe FELTP giving his winning presentation during International Night 2014. Photo courtesy of Ken Johnson.

  • Yong Huang – P.R. China. Probable Longer Incubation Period for Human Infection with Avian Influenza A (H7N9) Virus—Jiangsu, China, 2013
  • Elizabeth B. Adedire – Nigeria. An Outbreak of Cholera Associated with Breakdown of Municipal Pipe Borne Water Supply – Egbeda, Oyo State, Nigeria, August 2013
  • Zaal Merabishvili – Georgia. Consumer Knowledge Attitude and Practice of antibiotic use -Tbilisi and Kutaisi, Georgia, 2013
  • Tripurari Kumar – India. Hepatitis E Outbreak in Amritsar, Punjab, India – 2013
  • Yogita Tulsian – India. Outbreak of Cholera – Jalgaon District, Maharastra, India 2013
  • Lorna Perez – Guatemala. School snacks as a possible vehicle for Hepatitis A transmission in a rural school outbreak - Belize, July7-October 3, 2013
  • Ma. Justina G. Zapanta – Philippines. A Survival Study Post- Typhoon Bopha in Compostela Valley Province- Mindanao, Philippines, 2012
  • Ying-Shih Su – Taiwan. Outbreak of norovirus gastroenteritis associated with ingestion of pickled soybean sprouts among Taiwanese group tourists in Korea.
  • Rosa A. Galeano – Paraguay. Burden of influenza in Paraguay. a population-based cohort study
  • Woubayehu Kassa – Ethiopia. Dengue Fever outbreak; Diredewa, Ethiopia, November 2013
  • Sherine El Nossery - Egypt. Patient Profile of Diabetes Mellitus in Egypt: population Based Study, Egypt 2012
  • Zakir Hussain – Pakistan. Outbreak Investigation of Hepatitis E in Skardu City, Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) Province, Pakistan, 2013
  • Yihong Xie – Thailand. Possible Roles of Public Playgrounds in the Transmission of Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease: a Case-control Study in Guangxi, China, 2013
  • Sophio Dolbadze – Georgia. Survey on Awareness and Attitude on Breast and Cervical Cancer Prevention in the Population of Women in the villages of Gori and Zugdidi
  • Sinan Akrawi – Iraq. Acute Diarrheal Disease among under Five Years Children in Baghdad before and after implementation of Rotavirus Vaccination

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