A new initiative sponsored by the National Institute for General Medical
Sciences (NIGMS) will sponsor the development of new computer modeling techniques
to analyze infectious disease outbreaks. The computational models will focus
on host-pathogen interactions, disease epidemiology, forecasting systems,
and response strategies.
To date, the NIGMS has awarded $28 million to be spent over the next
5 years on projects that will create mathematical models to study infectious
disease epidemics resulting from natural causes or bioterrorism. Scientists
currently involved have expertise ranging from mathematics and computer science
to epidemiology, genetics, and public health.
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