IDM's 6th Annual Disease Modeling Symposium Registration Form

IDM's 6th Annual Disease Modeling Symposium, April 16th-18th will be held at the Hyatt Regency in Bellevue, WA.

The symposium theme this year is: Software Accelerating Research.

Registration will close midnight (PT) 3/19/18. If you are in need of a hotel, IDM has a limited room block reserved for attendees. To book your room please visit:

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Please join us for a continental breakfast buffet hosted by IDM.

Epidemiological research can utilize a variety of different modeling tools. This session provides an overview of the software tools used at the Institute for Disease Modeling and the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation. Additionally, it will cover how genomic research on microbial evolution can aid decision-makers in combating risks such as antibiotic resistance.

Chair: Jen Schripsema, IDM
Mandy Izzo, IDM
Bobby Reiner, IHME
David Aanensen, Sanger Institute


This dynamic session will cover topics such as the silent polio outbreak in Rahat, Israel, the value of environmental surveillance in Typhoid vaccination campaigns, rotavirus vaccine efficacy in randomized studies, a statistical review of norovirus epidemiology and a discussion on Samoa’s fight against endemic typhoid fever.

Chair: Jillian Gauld, IDM
Myron Levine, University of Maryland
Ben Lopman, Emory University
Alicia Kraay, University of Michigan
Virginia Pitzer, Yale School of Public Health
Jillian Gauld, IDM


Agent-based models simulate the simultaneous interactions of individual agents to recreate complex phenomena. This session demonstrates a new graphical tool for learning how to use IDM’s agent-based model, EMOD. Participants will have an opportunity to be hands-on and try the tool themselves.

Mandy Izzo, IDM
Jen Schripsema, IDM


From a discussion on the pathways through which mobility contributes to HIV acquisition and transmission, formation of social and sexual networks, viral adaption risks and consequences to a partially effective HIV vaccine, and trends in HIV incidence data since the roll-out of ART this discussion seeks to highlight the various issues related to population dynamics and the spread of HIV.

Chair: Anna Bershteyn, IDM
Kathryn Peebles, International Clinical Research Center
Alain Vandormael, University of KwaZulu-Natal
Edinah Mudimu, University of South Africa
Carol Camlin, UC San Francisco
Graham Medley, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine


Malaria plays a major role morbidity and mortality worldwide. There are many dynamics of malaria transmission from resources available in developing countries, parasite evolution, spatial scales and components of health care systems and data surveillance. This session explores how these factors play a role in the efforts of eradicating malaria.

Chair: Amelia Bertozzi-Villa, IDM
Jennifer Flegg, University of Melbourne
Daniel Parker, UC Irvine
Antonio Quispe, EsSalud
Mable Jerop, Amref Health Africa
William Pan, Duke University
Nguyen Tran, Penn State University


Learn how to improve the quality, reliability, data provenance and development time of your research code. The professional software development team at IDM will share their best practices.

Christopher Lorton, IDM


On the 100-year anniversary of the Spanish flu pandemic, what have we learned, what are the current threats, and how can we prepare for future pandemics? What approaches can we use to better inform pre-pandemic risk assessments and provide real-time data analysis for better public health and planning? In addition, how can big-data, epidemic modeling, and inferences learned from real-time genomic surveillance of pandemic threats also help with real-time data and public health and planning?

Chair: Joel Miller, IDM
Alessandro Vespignani, Northeastern University
David Pigott, Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation
Trevor Bedford, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research
Jonathan Read, Lancaster University
Joel Miller, IDM

Join us at Eques for a seasonal lunch buffet hosted by IDM.

Disease modeling requires grappling with uncertainty and complex epidemiological dynamics such as dynamics such as the biology of infection and immunity, the impact of vaccination and other interventions, and temporal and spatial distribution. In this session, researchers provide in-depth discussions of different software models, from a stochastic compartmental model to a modular individual-based model.

Chair: Hil Lyons, IDM
Min Roh, IDM
Christopher Lorton, IDM
Cecile Viboud, Fogarty International
Dave Smith, Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation
Thomas Smith, Swiss TPH

This session highlights the excellent work being done by emerging researchers in global health. IDM seeks to provide a forum for students in the field of modeling and epidemiology to showcase their work, as well as provide them an opportunity to connect with members in the global health community.

Chair: Robert Hart, IDM, VP & General Manager
James Chirombo, Lancaster University
Poppy Miller, Lancaster University
Katie Owers, Yale University
Spencer Fox, University of Texas, Austin
Molly Steele, Emory University

The Software Open Forum is an opportunity to meet the IDM software team and discuss the various tools created for internal and external researchers. The forum seeks to create an open and collaborative environment for all software related topics, including future collaboration opportunities, software development and training. Software team members from the various project groups will be available for these discussions.

Please join us for a continental breakfast buffet hosted by IDM.

Risk maps are a programmatic tool that can compile multiple risk indicators into an optimal prediction of where the disease is going to be in the near future. This presentation will cover how mobile, geospatial data, and analytics can power the planning, monitoring, and assessment of public health interventions.

Chair: Benoit Raybaud, IDM
Guillaume Chabot-Couture, IDM
Stephane Vouillamoz, Novel-T
Paul Chenoweth, WHO


Come hear about observations made from recent village-level outbreaks of Visceral leishmaniasis (VL) on the Indian sub-continent and the subsequent ideas and plans behind using RiskMapper software to develop a framework to help predict outbreaks through spatial risk assessments. In addition, learn from examples and applications from completed GRID3 (Geospatial Reference, Infrastructure and Demographic Data for Development) datasets in Nigeria, along with a 2018 progress report for Ethiopia, DRC, Tanzania, and Zambia.

Chair: Guillaume Chabot-Couture, IDM
Vince Seaman, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Graham Medley, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
Bobby Reiner, IHME


IDM's Compartmental Modeling Software (CMS) allows for easy construction and simulation of stochastic compartmental models. Complex epidemiological dynamics such as the spatial spread of a disease, impact of vaccination, and probability for extinction/resurgence can be conveniently modeled in this framework. After an introduction of the software and solvers offered in CMS, we demonstrate how to create a simple SIR system and run it to obtain output trajectories. This session will break early.

Min Roh, IDM


This session seeks to explore the modeling the dynamics of HIV infection and immunity to characterizing the within-host spatial structure of Simian-HIV drug resistance to host-pathogen co evolution through HIV-1 whole genome analysis. Presentations will also discuss the important role of combination therapy in treating TB and the many geographic variations in mycobacterial genotypes and TB.

Chair: Stewart Chang, IDM
Miles Davenport, Kirby Institute
Kristen Wiens, Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation
Allison Feder, Stanford University
Smodatta Sinha, University of British Columbia
Shuyi Ma, Center for Infectious Disease Research


The goal of this session is to bring together speakers whose work touches on two or more areas of genetic epidemiology, evolutionary biology, population genetics, and transmission modeling to deepen connections across all four. The overall emphasis will be on effects of pathogen evolution on transmission. Topics will range from viral sequencing, OPV and cVDPV data, epidemiological transmission of influenza, and the evolution of influenza within- and between -host scales.

Chair: Mike Famulare, IDM
John McCrone, University of Michigan
Mike Famulare, IDM
Katherine Xue, University of Washington
Katia Koelle, Emory University
Gytis Dudas, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research

Join us at Eques for a seasonal lunch buffet hosted by IDM.

How can modeling be applied to disease elimination efforts in African settings? In modeling malaria, the programmatic needs may differ based on a variety of local conditions, so a household-level model that can characterize fine spatial scales helps to guide elimination efforts. For HIV, the Sustainable East Africa Research in Community Health (SEARCH) trial includes an “embedded modeler” to predict trial results and analyze PrEP implementation strategies.

Chair: Niket Thakkar, IDM
Jaline Gerardin, IDM
Britta Jewell, UC Berkeley

Please join us for the IDM hosted Symposium excursion and dinner. This year's excursion will be at Seattle’s exclusive Museum of Flight. Guests will get to experience the wonder of aeronautics; enjoying over 175 aircraft and spacecrafts plus countless artifacts and photographs you will see the history of flight come to life. Climb aboard a retired Concord jet, test your piloting skills in a flight simulator, and peruse the flying oval office that served Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon. Guests will also have private access after museum hours to the Apollo exhibit with optional guided docent tours.

The fun doesn’t end there, join us for IDM’s hosted reception and dinner catered by McCormick and Schmick’s in the museum’s main gallery. Guests will dine on a varied menu of fresh, seasonal, northwest ingredients. Transportation will be provided by IDM.

Please join us for a continental breakfast buffet hosted by IDM.

This session covers: advanced data standardization, machine-interpretable metadata, and improved discoverability for global health data through Project Tycho 2.0; how spatial statistical modelling can be used to map loa loa prevalence and identify high-risk communities; and using the dtk-tools framework to help simplify the interaction between researchers and the EMOD model.

Chair: Christopher Lorton, IDM
Wilbert Van Panhuis, University of Pittsburgh
Benoit Raybaud, IDM
Dan Klein, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Peter Diggle, Lancaster University


This session will discuss many topics related to TB, including an approach to optimizing the portfolio of interventions using tuberculosis in South Africa and India, the systematic approach used to estimate and compare the cost-effectiveness, impact, and risks of different interventions at BMGF, model work done on TB and HIV mortality using small area estimation, and interventions that targeted two stages of the TB Case Cascade to improve TB preventative therapy.

Chair: Brad Wagner, IDM
Adrienne Shapiro, University of Washington
Jennifer Ross, University of Washington
Per Liljenberg, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Sarah Metzger, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation


Accurate estimates of subnational populations and health indicators are important for policy formulation and resource allocation. However, in many developing countries, data on population counts are limited and are of poor quality and data on key health indicators are from household surveys designed to provide national or regional estimates. Topics in this session will range from estimating subnational populations, HIV prevalence, and mortality and discuss statistical challenges faced when generating such estimates.

Chair: Laina Mercer, IDM
Jon Wakefield, University of Washington
Katie Wilson, University of Washington
Laura Dwyer-Lindgren, Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation
Monica Alexander, UC Berkeley


Disease modeling often focuses on one disease in isolation. In this session, the focus broadens to overall mortality reduction. Topics range from the recent decline in lower respiratory infection deaths to the impact of mass distribution of safe drinking water or azithromycin. Presentations include both analysis of empirical data and modeling results.

Chair: Hao Hu, IDM
Bobby Reiner, Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation
Travis Porco, UC San Francisco
Laura Lamberti, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Abie Flaxman, Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation
Assaf Oron, IDM
Patrick Munywoki, CDC Kenya


Measles vaccination is recognized as one of the most successful public health interventions, however vaccine distribution remains a challenge in high-burden setting. This session explores how developing estimates of measles CFRs and providing information on the proportion of zero-dose children reached by SIAs, can provide improved inputs for future economic analyses and recent progress on mechanistic and statistical modeling efforts for optimizing future SIAs and inferring the efficacy of past campaigns.

Chair: Kevin McCarthy, IDM
Allison Portnoy, Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health
Niket Thakkar, IDM
Anne Rimoin, UCLA
Laura Sampson, Penn State University

Join us at Eques for a seasonal lunch buffet hosted by IDM.

Join us for an engaging panel discussion focusing on Novel methods for estimating, reaching, and treating missing populations in public health.

The Software Open Forum is an opportunity to meet the IDM software team and discuss the various tools created for internal and external researchers. The forum seeks to create an open and collaborative environment for all software related topics, including future collaboration opportunities, software development and training. Software team members from the various project groups will be available for these discussions.

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