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An innovative program that uses computational, statistical and mathematical modeling to understand the spread of infectious diseases and the potential impact of intervention strategies is marking its 10th anniversary this month. The results of the Models of Infectious Disease Agent Study (MIDAS) can inform decision making by public health officials and policymakers.
“Since its inception, MIDAS has pioneered the use of computational and mathematical models to prepare for, detect and respond to infectious disease threats,” said Irene A. Eckstrand, Ph.D., MIDAS program director at the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS). “Computer modeling is an efficient way to take into account many different factors not easily examined in real life.”
To mark the program’s 10th anniversary, NIGMS is hosting a symposium titled “Modeling for Science and Policy.” The agenda includes short talks by MIDAS researchers on modeling for scientific understanding, health policy decision making and preparedness planning. Among the diseases to be discussed are flu, Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, drug-resistant TB, and MRSA.
The meeting, which is free and open to all, will be held on September 23 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Lister Hill Center Auditorium on the NIH campus. The meeting can also be viewed remotely (live or later) via the NIH Videocast Web site.
MIDAS activities include:
For more MIDAS results, see the MIDAS news page. MIDAS models, software and other resources are available at the MIDAS Portal.
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