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MIDAS Researchers Explain Community Immunity in Wall Street Journal

Derek CummingsMIDAS researchers, including the University of Pittsburgh Center of Excellence’s own Derek Cummings, discuss the impact of vaccination rates on community protection.  Dr. Cummings works on the Data & Parameters project.

More info at http://on.wsj.com/1Ii7Hu9

“Legal Preparedness for Infectious Disease Outbreaks in the U.S.” presented at Ebola workshop

 Guclu EbolaModelingConf 01.22.15Hasan Guclu, PhD, presented a peer-reviewed poster presentation at the “Modeling the Spread and Control of Ebola in West Africa: A rapid response workshop” held in Atlanta, GA last month. The work, “Legal Preparedness for Infectious Disease Outbreaks in the U.S.—Gaps and Opportunities,” was co-authored by Kevin Ashley, Elizabeth Ferrell Bjerke, Margaret Potter, Hasan Guclu, Jaromir Savelka, Matthias Grabmair, and Stringer R.

Read more: “Legal Preparedness for Infectious Disease Outbreaks in the U.S.” presented at Ebola workshop

New Grants to Model the Spread of Infectious Disease

The University of Pittsburgh’s MIDAS Center of Excellence has been renewed for another 5-year cycle. Our Center of Excellence is one of 14 research groups comprising the MIDAS network.

Read more on the NIGMS website

Pittsburgh students trained in FRED study Ebola transmission

FRED navigatorThe University of Pittsburgh MIDAS Center of Excellence trained high school students in agent-based modeling of influenza. Later, they built on their foundational knowledge of computational modeling of infectious dieases to participate in Ebola prevention activities.

Read the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article for their efforts.

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