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The EIS Conference is a primary forum for EIS officers to present their epidemiologic activities. National and international participants represent EIS officers, their mentors, EIS alumni, and public health professionals.

Save the Date: 2018 67th Annual EIS Conference
April 16-19, 2018
Hilton Atlanta
255 Courtland Street NE
Atlanta, GA 30303

2017 66th Annual EIS Conference: Resources and Highlights

April 24-27, 2017

America’s Mart

  • Agenda-at-a-Glance [PDF – 1 page]
  • 2017 Conference Program [PDF – 140 pages]
  • Digital Press Kit
  • 2017 Annual Update [PDF – 44 pages]
  • Award Recipients:
    • Alexander D. Langmuir Prize — Brigette L. Gleason (EIS 2014)
    • Distinguished Friend of EIS Award — Marcelle “Marci” Layton, MD (EIS 1992) and Mary Anne Duncan, DVM, MPH (EIS 2004)
    • Donald C. Mackel Memorial Award — Jesse Bonwitt (EIS 2016)
    • Iain Hardy Memorial Award — Paul A. Gastañaduy (EIS 2011)
    • J. Virgil Peavy Memorial Statistical Award — Julie Lynn Self (EIS 2015)
    • James H. Steele Veterinary Public Health Award — Ilana Schafer (EIS 2012)
    • Mitch Singal Award for Excellence in Occupational and Environmental Health — Jessica L. Rinsky (EIS 2015)
    • Outstanding Poster Presentation — Janna Kerins (EIS 2016)
    • Paul C. Schnitker Award — Lawrence Purpura (EIS 2015)
    • Stephen B. Thacker EIS Champion Award — Jennifer McQuiston (EIS 1998)
  • 2017 International Night Awards
    • Director’s Award for Excellence in Epidemiology and Public Health Response – Uganda Public Health Fellowship Program, Field Epidemiology Track
    • Jeffrey P. Koplan Award for Excellence in Scientific Poster Presentation – Hamufare Maguri, Zimbabwe, Hospital-Affected Neonatal Sepsis Outbreak in an Intensive Care Unit, Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals, Zimbabwe, 2016
    • William H. Foege Award for Best Scientific Oral Presentation – Rajesh Sahu, India, Outbreak Investigation of Acute Diarrheal Disease during a Religious Festival Associated with Drinking Contaminated Pipeline Water, Radhakund, Uttar Pradeshy, India, November 2016

The Langmuir Lecture is the preeminent public health lecture in the United States. The first lecture was given in 1972, and it has been a highlight of the annual EIS Conference each year since then. The lecture is named for Alexander D. Langmuir, MD, MPH (1910–1993), a public health visionary and leader who established the Epidemiology Program at what was then called the Communicable Disease Center in 1949; he remained as CDC’s chief epidemiologist until his retirement in 1970.

Notably, Dr. Langmuir founded the EIS, established national disease surveillance for the United States, and brought the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report to CDC. Langmuir Lecture speakers have included Abraham Lilienfeld, Sir Richard Doll, Geoffrey Rose, Jonas Salk, and many other prominent public health thinkers and researchers. See more about Dr. Langmuir and Epidemiology at CDC in MMWR.

Doctor Sandro Galea The 2017 Langmuir Lecturer for the 66th Annual EIS Conference is Dr. Sandro Galea, the Robert A. Knox Professor and Dean at the Boston University School of Public Health. Dr. Galea is both a physician and epidemiologist. He was named one of TIME magazine’s epidemiology innovators and has been listed by Thomson Reuters as one of the “World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds” for the Social Sciences. He has published over 600 scientific journal articles, 50 chapters, and 10 books and his research has been featured extensively in current periodicals and newspapers. Prior to his appointment at Boston University, Dr. Galea served in numerous other academic and leadership capacities. Galea’s lecture addressed “Moving from Epidemiology to Quantitative Population Health Science.”

Dr. Margaret Hamburg The 2016 Langmuir Lecturer for the 65th Annual EIS Conference was Dr. Margaret Hamburg, an internationally recognized leader in public health and medicine. Most recently, as Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, she was known for advancing regulatory science, modernizing regulatory pathways, and globalization of the agency. Before this, Dr. Hamburg was founding vice president and senior scientist at the Nuclear Threat Initiative, a foundation dedicated to reducing nuclear, chemical and biological threats. Other positions have included Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (HHS), Health Commissioner for New York City, and Assistant Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease.

Jeff Dean, PhDJeff Dean, PhD, a Google Senior Fellow, presented the 2015 Langmuir Lecture. Dr. Dean helped develop Epi Info as a high school and college student. He spoke on “Large-Scale Machine Learning and Its Application to Public Health.” See Epi Info™ Museum for key events in the history of Epi Info™ statistical software.