Javier Cortes-Ramirez

Javier Cortes-Ramirez
Queensland University of Technology | QUT · School of Public Health and Social Work

MD, PhD, MPH, MBA(H), FHEA
Interested in international collaboration for data visualisation of disease mapping and spatial analyses outputs

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19 Research Items
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Introduction
Public health physician and epidemiologist. Environmental health research. Applied data science methods and tools. Bayesian statistics and Geographic Information Systems. Focus on the association of socio-environmental risk factors with morbidity and mortality.
Additional affiliations
January 2020 - present
Queensland University of Technology
Position
  • Lecturer
January 2019 - December 2019
The University of Queensland
Position
  • Lecturer
April 2015 - January 2019
The University of Queensland
Position
  • Sessional academic

Publications

Publications (26)
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While zoonotic diseases are defined by transmission processes between animals and humans, for many of these diseases the presence of a contaminated environmental source is the cause of transmission. Most zoonoses depend on complex environmentally driven interactions between humans and animals, which occur along an occupational and recreational envi...
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Electronic waste management is a global rising concern that is primarily being handled by informal recycling practices. These release a mix of potentially hazardous chemicals, which is an important public health concern. These chemicals include polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), used as flame retardants in electronic parts, which are persisten...
Preprint
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Acute respiratory infections (ARI) statistics in Cúcuta, Colombia are reported for each health service or health care providers rather than for residence area. Although official statistics are important sources of data to support evidence-based decisions for at-risk communities, these are of limited use if the geographical distribution of diseases...
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The populations in the vicinity of surface coal mining activities have a higher risk of morbidity due to diseases, such as cardiovascular, respiratory and hypertensive diseases, as well as cancer and diabetes mellitus. Despite the large and historical volume of coal production in Queensland, the main Australian coal mining state, there is little re...
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The 2020 COVID-19 outbreak in New South Wales (NSW), Australia, followed an unprecedented wildfire season that exposed large populations to wildfire smoke. Wildfires release particulate matter (PM), toxic gases and organic and non-organic chemicals that may be associated with increased incidence of COVID-19. This study estimated the association of...
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Worker consultation — a part of health and safety (H&S) decision making — is pivotal to increasing the morale of workers and improving organisational performance. Although employers must consult with workers under the Australian workplace health & safety (WHS) legislation, little information is publicly available about what consultation arrangement...
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Exposure to environmental hazards occurs from the earliest stages of development. There are a broad range of environmental hazards, and virtually all children are exposed to these hazards during the critical period of growth and development. The burden of many chronic diseases continues to rise, and life course studies have shown that early exposur...
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Children are more vulnerable to environmental exposures determinant of respiratory diseases due to their dynamic developmental physiology. Whereas social determinants of health are also associated with a higher risk of these diseases in children exposed to environmental risk factors, most studies incorporate them as covariates in the statistical an...
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Zoonoses impart a significant public health burden in Australia particularly in Queensland, a state with increasing environmental stress due to extreme weather events and rapid expansion of agriculture and urban developments. Depending on the organism and the environment, a proportion of zoonotic pathogens may survive from hours to years outside th...
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The World Health Organization has emphasized that one of the most important questions to address regarding the covid-19 pandemic is to understand risk factors for disease severity. We conducted a brief review that synthesizes the available evidence and provides a judgment on the consistency of the association between risk factors and a composite en...
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The potential impacts of coal mining on health have been addressed by the application of impact assessment methodologies that use the results of qualitative and quantitative analyses to support their conclusions and recommendations. Although human epidemiological analyses can provide the most relevant measures of risk of health outcomes in populati...
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Background: Evidence of the association of coal mining with health outcomes such as increased mortality and morbidity in the general population has been provided by epidemiological studies in the last 25 years. Given the diverse sources of data included to investigate different health outcomes in the exposed populations, the International Classifi...
Conference Paper
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International Classification of Diseases Codes of Morbidity and Mortality in Populations in the Vicinity of Coal Mining Javier Cortes-Ramirez(School of Public Health, the University of Queensland, Australia, j.cortesramirez@uq.edu.au), Sue Naish(Queensland University of Technology, Australia), Paul Jagals(The University of Queensland, Australia) Ba...
Thesis
Silicosis is a disease associated with exposure to sub products of copper mining activities, the most important industrial activity in Chile. There is little research on silicosis in miners in Chile, especially regarding the identification of risk factors associated with the development of the disease. This study investigated the association of ind...
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Increasingly sophisticated productive activities create new and greater risks for workers. Although technological development allow controlling many of these risks accidents at work and occupational diseases are an important cause of morbidity and mortality. This study analyses the epidemiological characteristics of accidents at work occurred in wo...
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Increasingly sophisticated productive activities create new and greater risks for workers. Although technological development allows controlling many of these risks accidents at work and occupational diseases are an important cause of morbidity and mortality. This study analyses the epidemiological characteristics of accidents at work occurred in w...
Technical Report
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The health indicators of the U'wa and Bari; indigenous communities of North of Santander can be assessed through health reports provided by epidemiological studies. However establishihg the state of health of aboriginal communities requires a different approach and model of evaluation. The concept of disease in aboriginal communities involves an in...
Technical Report
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Snake bite is considered as one of the most important public health problems in Colombia, especially in rural and indigenous areas. The estimated mortality rate in Colombia is 2 to 7%. The occurrence ranges from 2000 to 8000 cases per year with important variations between departments. This report is based on a epidemiological study supported by th...
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To determine the seroprevalence of communicable diseases in donors of blood banks in Cúcuta, Colombia a retrospective descriptive study was carried out. The records of screening tests of blood donors during 1999 were revised. Seropositive blood units to HIV, hepatitis C virus, Trypanosoma Cruzi, Treponema pallidum and hepatitis B virus were selecte...
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Chagas disease is a disease with a high socioeconomic cost being the main public health problem in Latin America. The most common clinical characteristics are heart manifestations. Cardiovascular signs manifest during the three pahses of the disease. The acute phase presents a myiositis whose electrocardiographic changes fade off. In the undetermin...

Questions

Question (1)
Question
I have 3 samples of data corresponding to 3 different diseases (Respiratory (R), Cardiovascular (C) and Gastrointestinal (G)). For each disease I have the number of cases (frequency) for years 1, 2 and 3. A bar graph of this data would look like the attached picture.
I don’t know if I can express the “graphical distribution” of the three diseases as shown in the bar-chart? It is not a cross-classification nor a mix-data sample.
I intend to compare the graphical distribution of frequencies for these 3 diseases each year so I can establish if there are significant differences of the distribution of all three diseases between years.
My question is:
Can I design an indicator that represent the graphical distribution of frequencies for the 3 diseases each year?
Thanks in advice for your comments,

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Projects (3)
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To conduct a systematic review of highly exposed populations of e-waste regions to better understand the relationship of these persistent flame retardants with hormonal and reproductive health
Project
Use of spatial epidemiological analyses to identify the environmental health impacts of coal mining on the general population