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Vaccine Modeling Initiative

The Vaccine Modeling Initiative (VMI) is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and directed by Dr. Donald Burke, Dean of the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health. The VMI is a research consortium between the University of Pittsburgh, Imperial College London and Princeton University with collaborators in many other institutes such as the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center.

The objective of the VMI is improved decision-making in the selection of new vaccine products and epidemic control policies. This is done by the development of computational models and simulations of epidemic infectious diseases of global importance, and application of these models to guide new vaccine product selection and to optimize control policies. The application of these new tools will allow more informed public health decision making and add an additional component in the global effort to reduce the burden of infectious diseases. Read more...

Coming Soon: New Release of FRED

New Release!A new version of FRED (A Framework for Reconstructing Epidemiological Dynamics) will soon be ready for release. FRED is a tool for building epidemiological agent-based (individual-based) models and is designed to study how patterns of health conditions in defined populations vary over time. The new FRED will make population modeling easier. It is a unique tool for social science modeling and no computer programming is needed. A systems thinking approach is required to identify conditions of interest, their states, and the rules for changing states. FRED will simplify the workflow environment and manage the data produced by the simulation. To read more about the new FRED platform, click here.



The Classics

nature coverIn June 2017, Google Scholar released a collection of highly-cited papers in their area of research that have stood the test of time. These Classic Papers were published in 2006 and the list includes the ten most-cited articles, proving that though research is often about the latest findings, some have an impact long after their publication.

We are proud to report that in the field of epidemiology, the Classic Papers list includes a 2006 publication co-authored by Dean Donald Burke, who was at Johns Hopkins University at the time, and others from Johns Hopkins, Imperial College London, and RTI. Not only was the Nature paper "Strategies for mitigating an influenza pandemic" included on the list, it had 1500 citations and was the #1 most cited article in the field of epidemiology!

Congratulations to Dean Burke and his co-authors!


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