Jim Koopman gives presentations to Chinese research groups

During June 3-12, CIDID member Jim Koopman presented at an infection transmission modelers meeting in Shanghai, to a complex systems group in Qingdao, to bioinformaticists in Tianjin, and to the China CDC in Beijing. He established new collaborative modeling efforts with the Chinese on polio and HIV. In each case the intention is to use the new methods fitting models directly to sequences developed by CIDID members Alex Smith, Ed Ionides, and Aaron King. The 2012 polio epidemic in Xinjiang imported from Pakistan will be analyzed to estimate waning parameters. The exploding HIV epidemic in MSM in China will be analyzed to estimate infection and diagnosis rates by region.

Qian Zhang and CIDID members win Best Paper Honorable Mention at www2017 Perth

Qian Zhang presented the paper titled "Forecasting Seasonal Influenza Fusing Digital Indicators and a Mechanistic Disease Model" at the 26th International World Wide Web Conference, 2017, in Perth Australia. Co-authors are: Nicola Perra, Daniela Perotta, Michele Tizzoni, Daniela Paolotti, and Alessandro Vespignani. 

The team received Honorable Mention for Best Paper.


nextstrain: Trevor Bedford and Richard Neher win Open Science Prize

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Trevor Bedford and Richard Neher are winners of the first-ever Open Science Prize.  They will share the $230,000 prize money.

Trevor and Richard developed nextstrain,  a real-time tracking tool for emerging epidemics such as ebola and zika.  Read Trevor's blog post to find out more about how the idea first started.

The Open Science Prize is a collaboration between the Wellcome Trust, the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

Congratulations Trevor and Richard!

Alex Vespignani awarded honorary doctorate from Delft University of Technology

Alex Vespignani was presented with an honorary doctorate degree, during the "Technology for Life" program celebrating the 175th anniversary of Delft University of Technology.

The presentation ceremony was held on Friday, January 13, 2017. 

Program details and video recording of the ceremony: [link]

Congratulations, Alex!


nextstrain: Trevor Bedford and Richard Neher proceed to final round of Open Science Prize

Trevor Bedford and Richard Neher are one of the three teams that made it to the final round of the first-ever Open Science Prize.  The most recent round involved a public vote - thank you to all who voted!  The final three prototypes will be reviewed by experts, and a grand prize winner will be announced in early March 2017. The winner will receive a prize of $230,000.

The Open Science Prize is a collaboration between the Wellcome Trust, the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

Trevor and Richard developed nextstrain,  a real-time tracking tool for emerging epidemics such as ebola and zika. 

Congratulations Trevor and Richard!

University of Florida recognizes CSQUID as a University center of research

The University of Florida has officially recognized the Center for Statistics and Quantitative Infectious Diseases (CSQUID) as a University center. CSQUID is co-directed by Dr. Ira Longini at the University of Florida, and Dr. Betz Halloran at Fred Hutch. Research at CSQUID involves the development of statistical and mathematical models for infectious disease transmission, pathogenesis, evolution, immunology, and intervention in communities. CSQUID works on influenza, dengue, zika, ebola, cholera, typhoid, malaria, and many other infectious disease threats. CSQUID-UF will also deal with the analysis and control of public health infectious disease threats in the State of Florida, the US, and internationally. 

John Drake leads new center for infectious disease ecology

John Drake is the director of the new Center for the Ecology of Infectious Diseases (CEID), at the University of Georgia. CEID seeks to address the problems at the intersection of ecology and infectious diseases by developing innovative technical methods and novel collaborative approaches, which draw upon the various fields vested in infectious disease research. Anyone is welcome to participate – check out the CEID website for news and opportunities.

CIDID members win Aspen Institute Italia award

CIDID current and former members Alex Vespignani, Betz Halloran, Ira Longini, Ana Pastore y Piontti, and Dennis Chao are part of an Italian/US team that won the inaugural Aspen Institute Italia Award for scientific research and collaboration between Italy and the United States. The team was awarded for their research study entitled: "Spatiotemporal spread of the 2014 outbreak of Ebola virus disease in Liberia and the effectiveness of non-pharmaceutical interventions: a computational modelling analysis". The award ceremony took place in Rome on October 26, 2016. 

Jon Fintzi wins 2016 WNAR Student Paper Competition

CIDID trainee Jonathan Fintzi won first place in the oral category of the 2016 WNAR (Western North American Region of The International Biometric Society) Student Paper Competition. Jon is a graduate student at the University of Washington, mentored by Vladimir Minin and Jon Wakefield. Jon Fintzi's talk was based on this paper recently posted on arxiv. 

Congratulations, Jon!



Trevor Bedford named Pew Scholar in Biomedical Sciences

Dr. Trevor Bedford is one of 22 exceptional young scientists named as a 2016 Pew Scholar in Biomedical Sciences. The program "provides funding to young investigators of outstanding promise in science relevant to the advancement of human health." Each scholar receives four years of flexible funding to pursue their research. 

Congratulations, Trevor!