Assembled at the height of the SARS outbreak in 2003, this project develops a variety of modeling templates designed to fit different types of disease dynamics and management.
Dr. Jianhong Wu , York University
Assembled at the height of the SARS outbreak in 2003, this project develops a variety of modeling templates. These templates are designed to fit different types of disease dynamics and management, including: real-time modeling, simulation and prediction of communicable diseases such as SARS; evaluation of the effectiveness of different intervention strategies; modeling the impact of a pandemic, such as influenza, to reveal the preparedness of public health policy; and the study of vector-borne diseases such as West Nile virus using the predictive power of mathematical modeling and its integration into a national surveillance system. In the past year, the team completed several projects with provincial and federal ministries and agencies, and launched new projects in collaboration with other NCE centers and the Public Health Agency of Canada. Projects include the development of a decision support system based on a geographical simulation of disease spread and the spread pattern of influenza and sexually transmitted and blood borne diseases. The team also coordinated a successful summer school series on disease modeling and an international collaborative project, the Canada-China Thematic Program on Disease Modeling.