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PHO Grand Rounds: Introducing the Flu and Other Respiratory Viruses Research (FOREVER) Cohort, a laboratory partnership for data sharing
Tuesday, July 25, 2017 12:00 pm to 01:00 pm
Venue: 661 University Ave. 17th Floor, Toronto ON Boardroom 17-53
Infectious Diseases
City: Toronto
Type: PHO Grand Rounds
Format: In Person; Webinar

Note: This is an open invitation, and may be forwarded to interested parties.

Influenza and other respiratory viruses continue to cause substantial morbidity, mortality, and societal disruption. The Flu and Other Respiratory Viruses Research (FOREVER) Cohort features individual-level linkage of respiratory virus testing results from 11 Public Health Ontario and eight academic hospital-based laboratories with an extensive array of health administrative databases held at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES). This presentation will cover the creation of the FOREVER Cohort and describe how this data- sharing tool can be used for the assessment of influenza vaccine effectiveness and other purposes.

Presenter: Jeff Kwong

Jeff Kwong is a Senior Scientist at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES), a Scientist at Public Health Ontario, a Family Physician at the Toronto Western Family Health Team, and an Associate Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine and the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto. His key research interests include infectious diseases epidemiology and health services research using linkable data, influenza vaccine and vaccination program evaluation, and assessing the health and economic burden of infectious diseases.

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