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New grants expand US infectious disease modeling effort
Date:9/3/2009

health policy and establish training programs worldwide.

  • The Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics will be led by Marc Lipsitch, D.Phil., of the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston. Its core research program focuses on modeling drug resistance, seasonal infectious diseases and the allocation of interventions. Its team will work closely with health officials around the world to integrate public health knowledge into the models and vice versa.

  • The Pittsburgh MIDAS Center of Excellence will be led by Donald Burke, M.D., of the University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania. This group will study fundamental questions about the behavioral, environmental and evolutionary factors underlying infectious disease epidemics and use this information to develop real-time models for particular localities, such as cities or states.

The three newly funded research groups will develop computational models of how infectious diseases develop, spread and can be contained or mitigated through public health interventions.

  • Diane Lauderdale, Ph.D., of the University of Chicago and Charles Macal, Ph.D., of Argonne National Laboratory in Illinois will create a dynamic model of MRSA in Chicago to examine factors contributing to its spread and to identify interventions with the greatest potential to curtail new infections.

  • Elizabeth Halloran, D.Sc., M.D., and Ira Longini, Ph.D., both of the University of Washington and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, will develop models to assess the effectiveness and optimal distribution of a variety of control measures, including vaccination, school closures and other social distancing strategies.

  • Alison Galvani, Ph.D., of the School of Public Health Yale University in New Haven, Conn., and Lauren Ancel Meyers, Ph.D., of the University of Texas at Austin will develop new models that integrate individuals' perceptions and behaviors regardin
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Contact: Emily Carlson
carlsone@nigms.nih.gov
301-496-7301
NIH/National Institute of General Medical Sciences
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