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Jennifer Summers, Department of Public Health

BSc (Psychology and Applied Statistics), PGDipPH

PhD Student; HEIRU

Contact Details  

Tel: +64 4 918 6155
Fax: +64 4 389 5319
Email: jenn.summers@gmail.com

Research Interests and Activities  

Jennifer has recently submitted her PhD thesis investigating the epidemiology of the 1918 Influenza Pandemic amongst New Zealand Military Forces of World War One (WW1) and amongst various civilian populations.

She is currently affiliated in the Pandemic Influenza Research Group, New Zealand (PIRGNZ). PIRGNZ is currently investigating themiology of the 1918 Influenza Pandemic amongst New Zealand Military Forces of World War One (WW1) and amongst various civilian populations.

Jennifer's future research and career plans are to build on the foundations of her PhD and develop both her qualitative and quantitative skills. More specifically, to further investigate aspects of life-course epidemiology, and the impact of socio-demographic, environmental exposures, and social, physiological, and mental health status in determining health outcomes from both communicable and non-communicable diseases.

Jennifer's current research interests centre in the field of infectious disease epidemiology, specifically transmission and containment of influenza, both pandemic and seasonal strains. Jennifer also has research interests in historical epidemiology, military history, pandemic preparedness, disease modelling (including transmission dynamics), health economics, health workforces and policy, and statistical methodologies.

Publications    

Publications in Peer-Reviewed Journals:

Summers JA. Pandemic Influenza Outbreak on a Troop Ship – Diary of a Soldier in 1918. Emerg Infect Dis 2012; November. doi= 10.3201/eid1811.AD1811.

Wilson N, Summers JA, Baker MG. The 2009 Influenza Pandemic: A Review of the Strengths and Weaknesses of the Health Sector Response in New Zealand. New Zealand Medical Journal. 2012; 125(1365): 1-13.

Summers JA, Wilson N, Baker MG, Shanks GD. Mortality risk factors for pandemic influenza on New Zealand troop ship, 1918. Emerg Infect Dis 2010;16:1931-1937.

Summers JA, Wilson N, Baker MG. New research on pandemic influenza at the World Congress of Epidemiology, Edinburgh, 7-11 August 2011. Euro Surveill 2011;16(45):pii=20011.

Wilson N, Telfar Barnard L, Summers JA, Shanks GD, Baker MG. Differential Mortality by ethnicity in 3 influenza pandemics over a century, New Zealand. Emerg Infect Dis 2012;18:71-77.

Summers JA, Wilson N, Baker MG. Ethnic gradient in mortality among the New Zealand military personnel in World War I (Abstract: SP6-43). J Epidemiol Community Health 2011;65:A466. doi:10.1136/jech.2011.142976q.14

Summers JA, Wilson N, Baker MG. Descriptive epidemiology of mortality among the New Zealand expeditionary forces in World War I (Abstract: SP6-41). J Epidemiol Community Health 2011;65:A465-A466. doi:10.1136/jech.2011.142976q.12

Wilson N, Summers J, Baker M, Rice G. A bizarre case of drowning as a result of pandemic influenza (1918 pandemic). New Zealand Medical Journal 2009;122(1302): 9-94.

Conference Presentations:

Summers JA. Comparison of 1918-19 and 2009 H1N1 Influenza Pandemics: Epidemiology and Lessons Learnt. [Oral presentation] ‘Influenza 2012’ Conference, Oxford, United Kingdom, September 2012.

Summers JA, Baker MG, Stanley J, Wilson N. Risk factors for Death from Influenza Pandemic in 1918-19: A Case-Control Study. [Poster presentation] 'Influenza 2012’ Conference, Oxford, United Kingdom, September 2012.

Summers JA, Wilson N, Shanks GD. Mortality Differences between Australian and New Zealand Soldiers during the 1918-19 Influenza Pandemic. [Poster presentation] ‘Influenza 2012’ Conference, Oxford, United Kingdom, September 2012.

Summers JA, Baker MG, Wilson N. Historical Approaches in Studying Past Influenza Pandemics: The Value of Military Archival Sources. [Poster presentation] ‘Influenza 2012’ Conference, Oxford, United Kingdom, September 2012.

Summers JA, Gottfredsson M, Wilson N, Baker MG. Comparative study of the influenza pandemic of 1918–1919 in two island nations: Iceland and New Zealand (Abstract of Conference Poster: P1-524). J Epidemiol Community Health 2011;65:A212. doi:10.1136/jech.2011.142976h.12. Poster presentation at International Epidemiology Association World Congress of Epidemiology. Edinburgh, Scotland, 7-11 August, 2011.

Summers JA, Wilson N. Influenza Pandemics Compared & Lessons Learned. Oral Presentation at ‘The Science of Influenza Surveillance and Control’ , 2012 Public Health Summer School, University of Otago, Wellington, New Zealand, 14 February, 2012.

Wilson N, Barnard LT, Summers J, Shanks D, Baker M. Relatively high mortality for Maori and Pacific peoples in the 2009 influenza pandemic and comparisons with previous pandemics. (Abstract of Conference Poster: P2-489). J Epidemiol Community Health 2011;65:A356. doi:10.1136/jech.2011.142976m.16. Poster presentation at International Epidemiology Association World Congress of Epidemiology. Edinburgh, Scotland, 7-11 August, 2011.

Summers JA, Wilson N, Baker MG, Shanks GD. Mortality Risk Factors in an Outbreak of Pandemic Influenza on a New Zealand Troop Ship in 1918. [Poster presentation 117]. 2010 International Conference on Emerging Infectious Diseases. Atlanta, Georgia 11-14 July, 2010 and the Australasian Epidemiological Association Annual Conference. Sydney, Australia 30 Sep – 1 Oct, 2010.

Summers JA, Wilson N, Baker MB. Descriptive Study of Pandemic Influenza amongst the New Zealand Expeditionary Forces, 1918 to 1919. [Poster presentation 317]. 2010 International Conference on Emerging Infectious Diseases. Atlanta, Georgia 11-14 July, 2010 and the Australasian Epidemiological Association Annual Conference. Sydney, Australia 30 Sep – 1 Oct, 2010.

Wilson N, Telfar Barnard L, Summers J, Shanks GD, Baker MG.Differential Health Impacts of Three Influenza Pandemics for an Indigenous People: Maori in New Zealand. [Poster presentation 249]. 2010 International Conference on Emerging Infectious Diseases. Atlanta, Georgia 11-14 July, 2010.

Summers J, Wilson N, Baker MG. Ethnic gradient in mortality amongst the New Zealand military personnel in World War One. Poster presentation at the Australasian Epidemiological Association Annual Conference. Sydney, Australia 30 Sep – 1 Oct, 2010.