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About Annette O'Connor

Dr. O’Connor is a veterinary epidemiologist, and she has applied the principles of that discipline to a diverse set of fields, including livestock diseases, food-borne pathogens of animal proteins and veterinary public health. The main area of focus of Dr. O’Connor’s research has been to understand how researchers can use study design and research synthesis methodologies to translate primary research findings into decision support tools for agencies. Dr. O’Connor was been funded for this work by groups such as USDA, the National Pork Board and the European Union Food Safety Authority. Topic’s evaluated include pre-harvest food safety interventions, post harvest interventions, zoonotic pathogens and the impact of proximity to confined animal operations on community health. This work includes understanding how standards of evidence translate from human medicine to food safety. Primarily this work has focused on how to adopt and adapt the systematic review methodology and meta-analysis used in clinical medicine to veterinary science and food safety. This area has resulted in several papers about how to review observational studies and randomized controlled trials in veterinary science and food safety. Further, this body of work has resulted in the production of the REFLECT statement ( Reporting guidelinEs For randomized controlLed trials for livEstoCk and food safeTy.) The REFLECT statement is guide for authors, reviewers and editors on how to report intervention studies in a manner that increases their utility to end users including practitioners and risk assessors. The acronym REFLECT incorporates the aim of the reporting guideline i.e., the publication should reflect what was done.


Present Professor, Iowa State University Department of Veterinary Diagnostic and Production Animal Medicine

Curriculum Vitae

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Honors and Awards

  • Pfizer Research Excellence Award 2008


  • VDPAM 522 Principles of Epidemiology
  • VDPAM 529 Epi. Approaches to Population Studies
  • VDPAM 566 Science, Policy and Food
  • STAT 401 Statistics for Research Workers

Contact Information

2424 Vet Med
1800 Christensen Dr
Ames, IA 50011-1134
Phone: 515-294-5012
Fax: 515-294-1072


Peer-Reviewed Articles (59)