In this e-news: new releases related to our recent events on syphilis and mathematical modelling; a pair of influenza-related modelling documents; a look at what the evidence says about school closures; and, a call for feedback on what will soon replace this newsletter.
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Forward Thinking on Syphilis: An Information Exchange on Innovative Approaches to Syphilis, Focused on MSM
Sept. 29 & 30, 2014

In support of renewed public health efforts to control the recent outbreaks of syphilis in Canadian cities, NCCID brought together public health practitioners from several health regions, community-based organizations, and researchers. The goal was to share information and ideas across jurisdictions on promising, innovative, integrative and community-informed public health strategies to reduce the burden of syphilis, particularly among men who have sex with men (MSM).
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NEW Backgrounder: Effectiveness of interventions for syphilis prevention and control in MSM: A summary of published research findings 
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Use of Mathematical Modelling in Public Health Decision-Making for Infectious Diseases
Oct. 6 & 7, 2014

Public health policy makers and practitioners, knowledge brokers, and academic researchers and modellers came together to enhance cross-discipline communication, and share knowledge and perspectives. Our discussion focused on developing a common language that can be used in understanding the inputs and outcomes of disease modelling in health research.

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  • NEW A Logical Modelling Framework for Influenza Infection > VIEW 
  • NEW Review of Terms Used in Modelling Influenza Infection > VIEW 


Questions about whether and when to close schools during flu season come up every year. It's why we recently released the literature review, Effectiveness of School Closure for the Control of Influenza: A Review of Recent Evidence. 
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