Over the past two decades, the world has faced several infectious disease outbreaks. Ebola, Influenza A (H1N1), SARS, MERS, Zika virus and currently COVID-19 have had a massive global impact in terms of economic disruption, strain on local and global public health resources and, above all, human health.
Using Elsevier SciVal and Scopus data from 1996 to 2018, Elsevier experts analysed scholarly output, trending topics and top research organisations working to strengthen the understanding of and response to infectious disease outbreaks.
Emerging infectious disease research has seen an average growth of 6.9 percent annually over the past decade. Following an outbreak of a disease, a sharp spike in disease-specific publications is seen, showcasing the research community's remarkable ability to quickly respond to public health needs. This is evidenced by a rise in publication counts following outbreaks of SARS, Influenza A (H1N1), Ebola and Zika virus.
Among research aimed at understanding new outbreaks, a rise in publications specifically related to health security suggests an increased focus on public health preparedness. Seven of the top 10 research institutions publishing health security research between 2014 and 2018 are governmental organisations.
A free webinar scheduled for March 30 at 17:00 CET will present these and further findings. In the webinar presentation, Dr. Bamini Jayabalasingham, Senior Analytical Product Manager at Elsevier, and Chris James, Senior Product Manager at Elsevier, will explain how the research was conducted to uncover trends in infectious disease outbreaks research, the various governmental bodies involved and the ways to identify health security research.
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