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Jonathan Neyer

Jonthan Neyer
Congratulations to Jonathan Neyer

Jonathan Neyer recently completed a year-long Applied Epidemiology Fellowship at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, GA. The fellowship is a competitively selected program funded by the CDC Foundation and led by staff from CDCs Epidemic Intelligence Service. After a month long didactic orientation, Jon worked in the Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention studying geographic and race/ethnic disparities in stroke and coronary artery disease prevalence. His work yielded two first author papers in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, both of which were reprinted in JAMA. The reports also received attention from the national news media; National Public Radio, CNN, USA Today, Reuters and the Associated Press covered their publication.

As part of the fellowship, Jon also spent one month in East-Central Pennsylvania as part of an Epidemic Intelligence Service team investigating a cluster of polycythemia vera cases near a toxic waste dump site, using PCR to verify suspected cases. Polycythemia vera is a disorder of the blood-producing cells of the bone marrow that results in overproduction of red blood cells.

Jon says of his experience, "In all, it was a great program. It is Denise Koo's pet project; she is the head of the Division for Workforce and Career Development at CDC and the woman in charge of the Epidemic Intelligence Service program. In addition to our on the job training, we had regular lectures and journal clubs – They give you lots of resources, data, opportunities. The highlight of the year was getting to do the polycythemia vera investigation ... I was amazed that they gave me so much responsibility."

Fellowship opportunities similar to Jon's can be found at: http://www.cdc.gov/phtrain/.

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