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Project Tycho™ study estimates that 100 million cases of contagious diseases have been prevented by vaccination programs in the United States since 1924

Project Tycho™In a paper published November 28, 2013, in the New England Journal of Medicine entitled "Contagious diseases in the United States from 1888 to the Present", Project Tycho™ authors describe how U.S. disease surveillance data have been used to estimate that over 100 million cases have been prevented by vaccination programs against polio, measles, mumps, rubella, hepatitis A, diphtheria, and pertussis (whooping cough). Vaccination programs against these diseases have been in place for over decades but epidemics continue to occur. Despite the availability of a pertussis vaccine since the 1920s, the largest pertussis epidemic in the U.S. since 1959 occurred last year. This study was funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the National Institutes of Health and all data used for this study have been released through the online Project Tycho™ data system (www.tycho.pitt.edu). "Historical records are a precious yet undervalued resource. As Danish philosopher Soren Kierkegaard said, we live forward but understand backward," explained Dr. Donald Burke, senior author on the paper. "By 'rescuing' these historical disease data and combining them into a single, open-access, computable system, we can now better understand the devastating impact of epidemic diseases, and the remarkable value of vaccines in preventing illness and death."

Public Health Dynamics Seminar Series

J Epstein

"Agent_Zero: Toward Neurocognitive Foundations for Generative Social Science"

Joshua M. Epstein, Ph.D.

Professor of Emergency Medicine
Director, Center for Advanced Modeling in the Social, Behavioral, and Health Sciences
Johns Hopkins University

Author of "Agent Zero: Toward Neurocognitive Foundations for Generative Social Science"

Presenting as a Distinguished Speaker

Tuesday, December 10, 2013
3:00 – 4:00 PM
The New Pitt Public Health Auditorium (G23)

Certified for Grand Rounds credits

Reception to follow


MIDAS Investigator Receives ASPPH/Pfizer Award for Excellence in Academic Public Health Practice

Potter-Feb-2012-smallOn Sunday, November 3 in Boston, MA, the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health and Pfizer Inc. honored Maggie Potter with an award for her service and achievements in cultivating the public health leaders of the future. Ms. Potter was one of four graduate public health faculty recognized for their teaching, research, and practice excellence.

Ms. Potter leads the Policy & Preparedness team for the University of Pittsburgh MIDAS Center of Excellence.

The Pittsburgh MIDAS Center of Excellence concluded two summer programs for students

MIDAS SRP group photo 2013

In one program, we partnered with the Pittsburgh Health Career Scholars Academy to create a curriculum that incorporated the fundamentals of infectious disease modeling into the prestigious summer program's coursework. For four weeks, 110 rising high school junior and seniors from across Pennsylvania studied the health care delivery system, careers available in health care, public health, and research. MIDAS investigators and graduate students assisted with classroom activities that allowed students to explore modeling and simulation within the global public health domain.

In addition, we held our 4th Annual Summer Research Program, welcoming 14 undergraduates from all over the United States to the campus . The goal of the program is to introduce students to research within the field of computational modeling and simulation of infectious diseases. By providing hands-on experience with current MIDAS projects, the program also offers mentorship and career development opportunities. The program concluded by each student presenting their summer research projects.

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