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Simulation Brings Facts to Measles Outbreak and Vaccination Debate

FRED Measles

PITTSBURGH, Feb. 17, 2015 – To bring facts and clarity to the public debate about immunization in light of the recent measles outbreak, the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health today unveiled a computer simulation that explores the impact of measles outbreaks in cities across the U.S. Users can see how an outbreak would play out if their city had high or low vaccination rates.

The simulation – which is easily accessible from mobile devices – is an adaptation of the popular Framework for Reconstructing Epidemiological Dynamics (FRED), a free resource created at Pitt. By visiting fred.publichealth.pitt.edu/measles, people can select cities they’re interested in and watch short animations that play out an outbreak with either high or low vaccination coverage.

Read more: Simulation Brings Facts to Measles Outbreak and Vaccination Debate

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

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