Annual CEIRS Surveillance Meeting for the Centers of Excellence for Influenza Research and Surveillance Network


Dear Colleagues,

We are delighted you have chosen to join us for the 2016 CEIRS Surveillance Meeting hosted by The Ohio State University and St Jude CEIRS! We are holding the meeting in Columbus, Ohio, the 15th largest city in the country and fastest-growing city in the state. Ohio's capital city is home to The Ohio State University, Ohio's best academic and research center and one of the nation's top-20 public universities. Ohio State is home to one of the largest and most comprehensive health science centers in the country, which includes the College of Veterinary Medicine (our host for the meeting).

First-time visitors might be surprised to learn that Columbus is a diverse town boasting a unique blend of art, culinary, fashion, music, athletic, and entertainment scenes. While providing all of the amenities of a large city, Columbus also has rural farms, lakes and streams, and rolling hills with hiking trails located within minutes of downtown. When not discussing the art and science of influenza surveillance, we hope you can explore the varied offerings of the city.

During the meeting we plan to enhance the scope and application of CEIRS surveillance related research and discuss collaborative projects between CEIRS investigators. Small group discussions will be used to determine strengths and weaknesses of current CEIRS surveillance efforts with a hope of improving the network’s productivity. We plan to identify next steps in cross-collaborative programs and projects and move forward on topics developed in previous surveillance break-out sessions.

We look forward to seeing you all very soon!

Andy Bowman, The Ohio State University
Jacqueline Nolting, The Ohio State University
St. Jude CEIRS

View the Meeting Agenda

Book a Room for the Meeting

A hotel room group rate discount will be offered until October 17, 2016.

To book a room, go to the right corner of the web site. Insert the conference dates and click on “More Options.” From that menu, click “Add Special Rate codes” and additional boxes will appear. In the “Group Code” box, enter the code “CEIRS2” and the room choices will appear.

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  1. Transportation to the meeting will be provided on both Monday and Tuesday mornings, with pickup at 8:00 a.m. Return transportation will also be provided from the meeting to the hotel at 6:00 p.m. on Monday and 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday (if needed). In addition, the hotel has a shuttle that accommodates 10 passengers and will go in a 3-mile radius of the hotel, allowing for transportation to many restaurants and to campus.

  2. Breakfast vouchers (from the hotel) will be provided to those participating in the food option. Details to be provided by meeting organizers once registration process is completed.


Sampling Trip to Winous Point

Aerial photo of the Winous Point Marsh Conservancy in the coastal wetlands of southwestern Lake Erie

Curious how the folks at The Ohio State University conduct avian influenza surveillance? Then join us for an optional sampling trip to coastal wetlands of southwestern Lake Erie. Influenza A virus surveillance will be conducted among wild waterfowl harvested at Winous Point. The Winous Point Marsh Conservancy manages close to 5,000 acres that supports at least 365 species of plants, more than 300 species of birds (including 153 species of songbirds), and nearly all Lake Erie fishes. The trip will give CEIRS network investigators a chance to experience waterfowl sampling first, discuss surveillance methods, and strengthen collaborations.

We will depart Columbus before dawn on Wednesday morning (November 16) and return early afternoon. Participants should dress for the weather and be prepared to get dirty.