NDSSL leads a research program as part of the Models of Infectious Disease Agent Study (MIDAS), which is a collaboration of research and informatics groups that develop computational models of the interactions between infectious agents and their hosts, disease spread, prediction systems and response strategies. The models can be useful to policymakers, public health workers and other researchers who want to better understand and respond to emerging infectious diseases. If a disease outbreak occurs, the MIDAS network may be called upon to develop specific models to aid public officials in their decision-making processes. In particular, the NDSSL research group designs, builds and validates models of disease spread and prediction systems based on activities in a social network. Using mathematical and computational methods, the group is exploring the effects of human contact patterns in urban areas on disease transmission dynamics and the effectiveness of particular response strategies.
The MIDAS project is funded by the National Institutes of Health and National Institute of General Medical Sciences - Models of Infectious Disease Agent Study Grant 5U01GM070694-11
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