(Biography) Victoria Edge is a senior epidemiologist who works for the Foodborne, Waterborne and Zoonotics Infections Division (FWZID) of the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC). She is also an adjunct professor with the University of Guelph and the University of Alberta. Major work-related activities include the development of research activities on enteric illness (foodborne, waterborne and zoonotic infections) in Canadian Aboriginal communities. Her other research area involves the creation and evaluation of a national syndromic surveillance system for monitoring sales patterns of pharmacy over-the-counter products related to gastrointestinal and respiratory illness. Victoria has a BSc in Wildlife Biology and obtained her MSc in Applied Biostatistics from the University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada. Following this, Victoria worked for 3 years as a statistician and teaching assistant with the Department of Population Medicine at the Ontario Veterinary College (OVC). For the next two years she worked in Norway with the Veterinary Institute and the Norwegian Dairies, and then in Scotland with the Scottish Agricultural College as a statistical consultant on several veterinary epidemiological research projects. Upon returning to Canada, Victoria joined PHAC as an epidemiologist, and started a part-time PhD in Epidemiology with the OVC?s Department of Population Medicine (University of Guelph). Victoria obtained her Doctorate in May 2006; the thesis is entitled ?Syndromic Surveillance in Public Health?. This research investigated different aspects of syndromic surveillance with a focus on its application to monitoring gastrointestinal illness.
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