Description

The application of modern molecular genetic and biologic techniques to infectious disease epidemiology dramatically improves measurement of disease and putative risk factors, increasing our ability to detect and track outbreaks, identify risk factors and detect new infectious agents. However, integration of these techniques into epidemiologic studies also poses new challenges in the design, conduct, and analysis. We examine these opportunities and methodologic challenges giving specific examples. The book will be written for the reader with limited understanding of genetics, biology and epidemiology.

Key Features

*Presents the key points of consideration when integrating molecular biology and epidemiology

*Discusses how using molecular tools in epidemiologic research affects program design and conduct

*Considers the ethical concerns that arise in molecular epidemiologic studies

*Provides a context for understanding and interpreting scientific literature as a foundation for subsequent practical experience in the laboratory and in the field

 

Readership

Graduate and advanced undergraduate students studying infectious disease epidemiology, molecular epidemiology, the epidemiologist wishing to integrate molecular techniques into his or her studies

Details

No. of pages:
240
Language:
English
Copyright:
© 2011
Published:
Imprint:
Academic Press
Print ISBN:
9780123741332
Electronic ISBN:
9780080920849

About the author

Betsy Foxman

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor of Epidemiology, University of Michigan School of Public Health; Director, Center for Molecular and Clinical Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases, Ann Arbor, MI, USA