273124 Overview of MIDAS: The Purpose and the Players

Wednesday, October 31, 2012 : 10:30 AM - 10:45 AM

Irene Eckstrand, PhD , Division of Genetics and Developmental Biology, National Institute of General Medical Sciences, Bethesda, MD
The National Institutes of Health MIDAS program aims to develop computational and mathematical models to study the dynamics of infectious diseases, especially as they impact decisions by public health experts. Models best do their jobs when they are developed collaboratively with public health officials who are knowledgeable and engaged with real questions about real situations. Scientists in the MIDAS consortium have partnered with Federal, state, and local public health decision makers to apply modeling and analytical methods to planning, preparedness, and response activities. This presentation will introduce MIDAS.

Learning Areas:

Learning Objectives:
Describe the scope and relevance of MIDAS modeling approaches for epidemiology practice and the applications of MIDAS modeling to various types of infectious disease

Keywords: Infectious Diseases, Policy/Policy Development

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: MIDAS is a nationwide network of academic computational modeling teams focused on infectious disease dynamics in the context of policy decisions. I have been the PI on a MIDAS research project for 8 years, since the inception of the MIDAS network. Under the MIDAS umbrella, my project has contributed model-based evidence to HHS for planning responses to pandemic influenza.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.