Fall Meeting 2021

November 3, 2021 at 1-3pm EDT

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About the Meeting:
Over the past year, researchers have worked to develop wastewater surveillance as an actionable tool for response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In this meeting, we aimed to celebrate the progress and efforts of the research community, provide a platform for presenting research updates, and highlight ongoing needs for future wastewater surveillance research and development. This meeting was hosted by The Water Research Foundation and featured a series of short lightning talks. Attendees also contributed to a crowd-sourcing wordcloud in response to the question:

What are the most critical upcoming research areas for wastewater surveillance?

Fall Meeting Lightning Talks

  • Scaling SARS-CoV-2 Wastewater Concentrations to Population Estimates of Infection, Alessandro Zulli (Yale University)
  • Widespread vs Sporadic: Sewage Patterns of Viruses, Cresten Mansfeldt (University of Colorado Boulder)
  • Sequencing SARS-CoV-2 in Southern California Wastewater, Jason Rothman (University of California Irvine)
  • Identifying thresholds for public health action: rate of change in SARS-CoV-2 wastewater and clinical surveillance results from four major metropolitan areas in the US, Mitham Al-Faliti (Howard University)
  • Variability of SARS-CoV-2 in wastewater, Rachelle Beattie (UNC Chapel Hill)
  • Quantification of SARS-CoV-2 Variants in Wastewater Using Droplet Digital PCR, Tara Ellison (Bio-Rad Laboratories)
  • To Target or Not to Target When Sequencing SARS-CoV-2, Davida Smyth (Texas A&M University)
  • Strategic Sampling Design and Adaptive Sampling for COVID-19 Wastewater Surveillance: Case Studies in South Atlanta and Emory University Campuses, Yuke Wang (Emory University)
  • SARS-CoV-2 Variant Detection Through Wastewater Surveillance Prior to Clinical Detection, Devrim Kaya (Oregon State University)
  • Collaborative SARS-CoV-2 Monitoring in Oklahoma Wastewater, Jason Vogel (University of Oklahoma)
  • Minimum sequencing for SARS-CoV-2 variant detection, Amanda H. Sullivan (University of Georgia)
  • High-resolution sampling for SARS-CoV-2 detection, Lorelay Mendoza Grijalva (Stanford University)
  • Data variability in WBE for SARS-CoV-2, Rose Kantor (University of California Berkeley)
  • Preventing Outbreaks with Building-Level Monitoring, Susan De Long (Colorado State University)
  • Predicting variant & mutant dynamics from sewage, Vic-Fabienne Schumann (Berlin Institut for Medical Systems Biology & Max-Delbrueck Center for Molecular Medicine)
  • W-SPHERE (Wastewater-SARS Public Health Environmental Response) a Global Data Center for SARS-CoV-2 detection in wastewater and environmental samples, Andri Taruna Rachmadi (Michigan State University)
  • Treatment plant capability to test for COVID-19 in New York, Dustin Hill (Syracuse University)
  • Thailand’s third covid-19 wave warning via sewage, Jatuwat Sangsanont (Chulalongkorn University)
  • SARS-CoV-2 variant abundance estimates with dPCR, Marlene Wolfe (Emory University)
  • Direct extraction for SARS-CoV-2 wastewater surveillance, Megan Lott (University of Georgia)
  • Interpreting wastewater data from buildings, Scott W. Olesen (Biobot Analytics)
  • Nationwide WBE in Turkey: Routine Monitoring of Covid-19, Bilge Alpaslan Kocamemi (Turkish Water Institute & Marmara University)

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