July 30, 2015
Many thanks to the IAS organizers for supporting our launch, and special thanks to the panelists at our satellite session for explaining why and how they use mathematical modeling to support HIV/AIDS programs and policy: John Stover and Guy Mahiane from Avenir Health, Jeff Eaton from Imperial College London, Ruanne Barnabas from the University of Washington, and Viviane Lima from the British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS.
July 19, 2015
The Institute for Disease Modeling will be hosting a satellite session titled, Computational Models of HIV/AIDS: Sharing New Tools and Ideas along with the University of Washington, BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS, Avenir Health, and Imperial College London at the 8th annual IAS Conference Tuesday July 21st from 7am-8:30am. The satellite session is free with IAS registration. Anna Bershteyn, PhD will also be presenting a short oral abstract titled "Where to strengthen care: model-based triangulation of trends in the HIV care cascade" Tuesday July 21st from 11am-1230pm.
July 18, 2015
The Institute for Disease Modeling will host hands-on STI/HIV modeling demo and workshop with EMOD 2.0. The workshop is free and open to the public (IAS registration is not required) on Tuesday July 21, 8:30-10:30pm, at SFU Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings Street in Vancouver, BC, in Computer Lab Room 1350b. Computers are provided, or bring your own laptop and our team will assist you with model installation.
July 17, 2015
We are excited to announce that the EMOD v2.0 Quick Start is now available for download. It features a new transmission modality – sexually transmitted infection (STI) – and a detailed implementation of HIV transmission, biology, and health care in generalized epidemic settings
July 14, 2015
We are taught about immunity as if it were a binary concept: we are protected from disease when we are immune, and we are susceptible when not. But immunity is a continuum. People can have different levels of immunity and different kinds of immunity, and each person’s degree of protection depends on their history of vaccination and infection. For many infectious diseases, immunity increases with each exposure—this is why many vaccines are given in multiple doses and with “booster shots”. So, if you’re trying to eradicate a disease, an important question is what combinations and timing of...
June 15, 2015
The 1918-1919 Spanish Flu, so called because Spain was the first country able to widely report on the outbreaks in both Madrid and Seville, infected an estimated 500 million people worldwide (roughly one third of the planet's population) and killed an estimated 20 million to 50 million victims. A May 27th Vox article titled, The most predictable disaster in the history of the human race, outlines the case that the world is not prepared for another pandemic.
April 29, 2015
DM hosted the 2015 Modeling Symposium in Bellevue, WA on April 20-22. On Day 1, attendees visited the IDM offices for 3 sessions of Developer Insights. Some participants had a hands-on opportunity to learn EMOD, IDM’s Epidemiological MODeling software, from the ground up, then move on to heterogeneous and spatial modeling. Others attended the presentations introducing COMPS, IDM’s COMputational Platform Service, a ground-breaking online tool for modeling infectious diseases.
February 19, 2015
Registration is now closed for IDM's 3rd Annual Modeling Symposium which will take place 20 April – 22 April 2015. Day 1, Developer Insights, will take place at IDM's offices in Bellevue. Days 2 and 3, Intersection of Data and Modeling, will take place at the Hyatt-Regency in Bellevue.
December 19, 2014
Humans have dealt with Tuberculosis (tubercle bacillus or TB) for thousands of years, dating back 6,000 years. They have even been found in the spines of 3,000 year old mummies. Hippocrates observed that it was the most widespread disease of his time, and it continues to plague us today.
August 15, 2014
The 2015 IDM Modeling Symposium is scheduled for Monday April 20 - Wednesday April 22 2015. The 2014 Symposium focused on modeling approaches with a particular emphasis on the logistics and rollouts of drugs, vaccines, vector controls, and other treatment programs. Next year's symposium will focus on the intersection of data and modeling as applied to global health. We will be looking at careful model construction, calibration, understanding the counterfactual and uncertainty, and how to address these issues with the exciting new developments in data ranging from spatial variation in...