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Activity Title: ProMED and COVID-19 - A Q&A With Our Moderator Team 

Release Date: October 8, 2020

Estimated Time to Complete Activity: 55 minutes

Statement of Need:

On the night of December 30, 2019, ISID’s Program for Monitoring Emerging Diseases (ProMED) Deputy Editor, Dr. Marjorie Pollack posted a request for information to the ProMED network after being contacted by a trusted colleague about a cluster of undiagnosed pneumonia cases in Wuhan, China. Through her previous experience with SARS decades earlier, Marjorie knew this new threat must be taken seriously. Luckily she sounded the alarm, and in doing so was the first to provide a detailed report alerting the international infectious diseases community to what evolved into what we now know as the global COVID-19 pandemic. This session explores ProMED and it's role in disease surveillence.


Marjorie Pollack, MD
ProMED Deputy Editor
Dr. Marjorie Pollack is the Deputy Editor of ProMED-mail, and resident Epidemiology and Surveillance ProMED Moderator. 

Thérèse Umuhoza 
Research Epidemiologist, Institute of Tropical and Infectious Diseases, Nairobi-Kenya.Thérèse Umuhoza is a freelance research epidemiologist with technical expertise in research and surveillance of infectious diseases. 

Dr. Uzma Bashir Aamir 
Dr. Uzma Bashir Aamir is a medical doctor and has trained in basic and molecular virology. After graduating from Rawalpindi medical college, Rawalpindi, Dr Aamir completed her M.Phil in microbiology from Quaid-e Azam University Islamabad.

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Upon completion of this module, participants should be able to:

  • Explain the steps in ProMED’s process for collecting information about disease outbreaks
  • Understand who can submit information to ProMED, and how submissions can be made
  • Discuss where information can be sourced from, and how machine learning (AI) plays a role in alerting ProMED
  • Describe outbreaks that ProMED has played a role in identifying
  • Discuss the accuracy and transparency of disease reporting.

The target audience for this module is physicians, nurses, public health officials, researchers, immunization officers, and other health professionals.

Maryn McKenna: How ProMED Crowdsourced the Arrival of Covid-19 and SARS. Wired - Science 03.23.2020.


Brownstein JS, Freifeld CC, Madoff LC. Digital disease detection--harnessing the Web for public health surveillance. N Engl J Med. 2009 May 21;360(21):2153-5, 2157. doi: 10.1056/NEJMp0900702.


Desai AN, Kraemer MUG, Bhatia S, Cori A, Nouvellet P, Herringer M, Cohn EL, Carrion M, Brownstein JS, Madoff LC, Lassmann B. Real-time Epidemic Forecasting: Challenges and Opportunities. Health Secur. 2019 Jul/Aug;17(4):268-275. doi: 10.1089/hs.2019.0022.


Carrion M, Madoff LC. ProMED-mail: 22 years of digital surveillance of emerging infectious diseases. Int Health. 2017 May 1;9(3):177-183. doi: 10.1093/inthealth/ihx014. PMID: 28582558; PMCID: PMC5881259.


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Marjorie Pollack, MD
Thérèse Umuhoza
Dr. Uzma Bashir Aamir 

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