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Houston Health Department
Rice University
Houston Public Works

Early-warning system to protect and promote human health and inform Houston’s response to viral outbreaks

A lot of progress has been made to protect and promote human health with the most notable result being increased life expectancy. Yet, the emergence of prominent outbreaks of infectious diseases and antimicrobial resistance have remained as critical threats to global public health today.

To address the challenge of anticipating and responding to prominent outbreaks of infectious diseases, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, Houston Wastewater Epidemiology has implemented a comprehensive, cost-effective system to monitor community infection dynamics of the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), the virus that causes COVID-19. We are also working to expand the comprehensive wastewater monitoring system to target influenza, mpox, antibiotic-resistant bacteria, and other pathogens.

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New features help Houstonians understand the prevalence of COVID-19, influenza at the community level

A Consensus Study Report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

Monday, Jan. 23, 2023

Stadler receives NSF CAREER Award

With grant, Rice engineer intends to harness microbiomes to improve wastewater treatment processes.

The Houston Wastewater Epidemiology team will deliver an honorary lecture at the 6th Annual TMC Antimicrobial Resistance and Stewardship Conference.

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February 2023

March 2023

April 2023

April 7

NSF Research Coordination Network Webinar
8:00 – 9:00 a.m. (Pacific Time)

Wastewater Surveillance for SARS-CoV-2

Loren Hopkins, Ph.D.
Chief Environmental Science Officer and Bureau Chief, Data Science Division
Houston Health Department
Professor in the Practice of Statistics
Rice University

April 13

Texas Water 2023

10:45 – 11:15 a.m.
George R. Brown Convention Center
Houston, Texas

Wastewater Surveillance for Monitoring COVID-19 and Other Infectious Diseases in Houston, Texas

Camille McCall, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Rice University

April 24-27

National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO)
Preparedness Summit

Hyatt Regency Atlanta
Atlanta, GA

Loren Hopkins, Ph.D.
Chief Environmental Science Officer and Bureau Chief, Data Science Division
Houston Health Department
Professor in the Practice of Statistics
Rice University

May 2023

June 2023

June 15 - 19

ASM Microbe

George R. Brown Convention Center
Houston, TX

Lauren Stadler, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering
Rice University

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