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MIDAS research supports childhood vaccinations to protect the entire population

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Dr. Mark S. Roberts, MIDAS researcher, comments on individual rights and the greater good in regards to vaccination. Read More

MIDAS Summer Student and Researchers Present Flu Work at Epidemiology Conference

KatilinKaitlin Piper, a 2014 MIDAS Summer Research program fellow, will present a poster at the Society of Epidemiologic Research 48th Annual Meeting in Denver. An undergraduate at Pitt, Kaitlin contributed to a poster with Drs. Supriya Kumar and John J. Grefenstette. The poster, "Is population structure sufficient to generate area-level inequalities in influenza rates? An examination using agent-based models" will be presented on Thursday, June 18th in the evening.

For more information on the annual meeting, please visit https://epiresearch.org/annual-meeting/2015-meeting/

Center presents five posters and two plenaries at MIDAS Network meeting

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The University of Pittsburgh MIDAS Center of Excellence is one of three such centers in the MIDAS Network. The centers, Research Groups, and Informatics Service Group convened in Atlanta last month for an all-grantees meeting. Our center contributed five posters, two plenaries, and an invited guest to the scientific program.

Drs. Mary G. Krauland, John J. Grefenstette, and Donald S. Burke prepared a poster presentation of the study varying vaccination rates in counties in Western Pennsylvania. The purpose was to examine the potential effect of areas of low vaccination rates on neighboring regions with higher vaccination rates. For the poster, "Modeling the Effects of Low Measles Vaccination Rates on Neighboring Geographic Areas," investigators varied vaccination rates in counties in Western Pennsylvania to examine the potential effect of areas of low vaccination rates on neighboring regions with higher vaccination rates.

Study results indicate that the risk is not confined to the area with low vaccination coverage, and helps to quantify the risk to surrounding communities. The authors observe that low rates of vaccination have implications for the general public as well as for those who refuse vaccination or those living in regions of low vaccination coverage, since vaccination fails to generate immunity in a small proportion of those vaccinated and some members of the population will either be too young to be vaccinated or will not be vaccinated for medical reasons.

Attention, Atlanta-area students from underrepresented groups!

buckhead hyattApply to join us as a student guest at the April 2015 MIDAS National Network Meeting. The student event will be held in the Buckhead area of Atlanta on the afternoon of April 28th. Apply now for an opportunity to learn more about computational modeling of infectious diseases. This opportunity for students from underrepresented groups is a part of NIGMS' ongoing efforts to increase the diversity of the biomedical research workforce.

The Models of Infectious Disease Agent Study (MIDAS) Network is an NIH-funded collaborative network of research scientists who use computational, statistical, and mathematical models to understand infectious disease dynamics and thereby assist the nation to prepare for, detect, and respond to infectious disease threats.

Applications are rolling (so early application is encouraged). Deadline extended until Monday, April 20. Apply online at http://ow.ly/L2Cn4

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