My research interests focus on the epidemiology of bacterial and viral pathogens. The primary goals of my research are to determine the transmission dynamics of these pathogens within groups or populations of people and to translate that research into information useable by public health departments to improve or plan new public health control programs. The primary tools used in my lab are molecular typing techniques to identify individual strains of a bacterial or viral pathogen; geographic information system analysis to track the movement of these strains; and questionnaire based interviewing of members of high risk groups to identify the risk factors associated with infection and transmission of different pathogens. Interviews are designed to gather data on both individual-based behaviours and social network relationships. Social network analysis studies the interactions between people and is useful for analyzing the movement of pathogens through groups of people. This latter analysis provides the social context associated with disease acquisition. Current and past projects have dealt with Chlamydia trachomatis, Neisseria gonorrhea, HIV, hepatitis C, hepatitis B, and enteric bacteria.
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Recent publications (last five years)
1. J. L. Wylie and P. VanCaeseele. 2014. Interpreting Chlamydia trachomatis and Neisseria gonorrheaea laboratory surveillance data: Manitoba, Canada, 2000-2012. Sex.. Transmit. Infect. 92(1):55-7
2. H. Ashdown, C. Jalloh, and J. L. Wylie. 2014. Youth Perspectives on Sexual Health Workshops: Informing Future Practice. Qualitative Health Research. Qual. Health Res. 25(11):1540-50.
3. S. Y. Shaw, A. M. Jolly, and J. L. Wylie. 2013. Outlier populations: Social network correlates of elevated risk of HCV amongst solvent-using injection drug users. PLOS One 11;9(2):e88623.
4. Suellen Hopfer, Xianming Tan, and John L. Wylie. 2014. A Social Network Informed Latent Class Analysis of Patterns of Substance Use, Sexual Behavior, and Mental Health, Winnipeg, Canada. Am. J. Public Health. 104(5):834-9.
5. John. L. Wylie and Ann M. Jolly. 2013. Understanding recruitment: outcomes associated with alternate methods for seed selection in respondent driven sampling. BMC Med Res Methodol. 13:93. doi: 10.1186/1471-2288-13-93.
6. C. Jalloh, Q. Gómez Muñoz, L.M. Zuluaga Toro, O. Zamora Suaza, A. M. García Sierra, D. C. Gutierrez Hernández, C. Rojas, and John L. Wylie. 2012. Evaluación de proceso del material educativo de salud Abre los Ojos para jóvenes en situación de calle de Medellín (Process evaluation of the health education resource Abre los Ojos for street-involved youth in Medellín). Revista Facultad Nacional de Salud Publica. 30(3):282-290.
7. J. L. Wylie, P. Van Caeseele, M. W. Gilmour, D. Sitter, C. Guttek, S. Giercke. 2012. Evaluation of a New Chromogenic Agar Medium for Detection of Shiga Toxin-Producing Escherichia coli (STEC) and Relative Prevalence of O157 and non-O157 STEC in Manitoba, Canada. J. Clin. Microbiol. 51(2): 466-471.
8. C. Jalloh, B. McMillan, M. Ormond, C. Casey, J. L. Wylie. 2012. Evaluation of Harsh Reality: A sexual health print-based resource for street-involved youth. Health Educ. J. 72 (3): DOI: 10.1177/0017896912444181