Below are some current and previously funded and unfunded research activities with LLUHGIS’s involvement.

LLUGIS is actively involved in research for new insights and innovative solutions to health problems using geospatial technology. LLUGIS also actively supports faculty that are engaged in funded academic research projects that use geospatial technology.

LLUHGIS Research Activities

Center for Public Health Preparedness

Funded by ASPH/CDC to use Geographic information system (GIS) to: 1) develop mobile GIS mapping application for public health emergency evaluations; and 2) develop a GIS training module for enhancing public health emergency preparedness and response, which would focus on rigorous, practical training around the application.

National Children Study - San Bernardino

Funded by the National Institute of Health (NIH), and led by Dr. Brian Oshiro (LLUMC) and Dr. Jayakaran Job (SPH), LLU researchers are utilizing GIS to plan and analyze 1,000 children from conception to age 21 in San Bernardino County.

Health Effects of Residential Proximity to Busy Railyards in San Bernardino

Funded by the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD), a team of SPH faculty researchers and community members collect data on the health status of several thousand people living closest to the BNSF San Bernardino rail yard. The use of geospatial tools is a crucial integral component of this project. 

Improving Health and Nutrition of Vulnerable Women and Children Under 5 in Sudan GIS

Funded by USAID through ADRA, this multi-year project develop an integrated geographic information system to support Food Insecurity project in Southern Sudan to improve the health and nutrition of vulnerable women and children

GIS & the ASHMOG Study

Air Pollutant Study GIS calculator was developed for the EPA project to study the relationship between cardiovascular health effects of long-term exposure to ambient air pollutants in a cohort of the ASHMOG study through spatial considerations. 

Turtle Awareness and Protection Studies (TAPS), Bay Islands, Honduras

SST project led by Dr. Steve Dunbar in the increase awareness and understanding of juvenile hawksbill and green sea turtles in Honduras by tagging and  mapping their locations as they move through the water column and across the sea surface.

Paraguay Geomedicine Project

Dr. Kevin Knick of  SST Earth and Biological Sciences  research in medical geology

Fossil Trackways in the Permian Coconino Sandstone, Northern Arizona

SST project led by Dr. Leonard Brand to study abundant fossil turtles, and their relationship to other vertebrate fossils and the associated sediments

Indigent Psychiatric need in California

using spatial estimation techniques to estimate the proportion of severe mental illness among households at less than 200% poverty level compared to all households

LLU Regional Academic Center (RAC)

GIS was used to determine the distribution of registered environmental health specialists per 100 square miles as a way of linking environmental services to needy populations. 

Organ Transplantation in California

A study to determine the geographic variation and factors related to access to kidney transplantation in California

Space-temporal trends of influenza like illness, Japan, in 1999-2009

GIS was used to analyze >11.1 million cases of influenza like illness (ILI) in Japan from 1999 to 2009 based on national surveillance data.