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."
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