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Date:4/30/2009

ax. Groups of modelers were asked to make models of the same scenario to see the impact of a release of anthrax in a major U.S. city. For one of the first times in recent memory, this was an effort to bring quantitative assessment techniques to very complex questions," said Dr. Hupert.

On using available data to create a model:

"One of the really interesting aspects of creating models is that the greater fidelity that you want in the model, the more you really need to rely on data that is floating around on the Internet," stated Dr. Hupert.

On the capabilities of preparedness modeling for hospitals:

"What we're aiming for are models that seem like magic. When we're talking about hurricane evacuation models, someone should be able to make a model where, at the push of a button, you could determine how long it would take to evacuate your hospital right now, with the patients who are actually in your hospital," said Dr. Hupert.

Information about Dr. Nathaniel Hupert:

Since 2000, Dr. Hupert has led a number of federally funded projects to develop improved tools and logistics for mass prophylaxis, bioterrorism response, and health system preparedness for surge capacity. A leading authority in using computer models to predict and plan for public health emergencies, Dr. Nathaniel Hupert has been named director of the new Preparedness Modeling Unit at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). He remains associate professor of public health and medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College and associate attending physician at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell in New York City.

In his new role, Dr. Hupert will support preparedness modeling activities both within the CDC and among its federal, state, local, and academic partners with the aim of helping formulate policies to safeguard the public's health before, during and a
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