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Health Agencies Update
June 23/30, 2004

Modeling Epidemics, Bioterror

JAMA. 2004;291(24):2933. doi:10.1001/jama.291.24.2933-d

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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