Notre Dame researchers accepted to join vaccination impact research consortium

Author: Brandi Klingerman

Alexperkins 1200Assistant Professor Alex Perkins

Alex Perkins, Eck Family Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences, and Sean Moore, Research Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences, have been accepted to join the Vaccine Impact Modeling Consortium. The consortium “aims to deliver a more sustainable, efficient, and transparent approach to generating disease burden and vaccine impact estimates.”

In discussing his lab’s contributions to the consortium, Perkins said, “My research group will support efforts to model the public health and economic impact of vaccination for yellow fever and Japanese encephalitis. We are grateful for support from the Global Alliance for Vaccine Impact and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to carry out this work.”

The overall goal of the Vaccine Impact Modelling Consortium is to establish more efficient systems for vaccine impact estimates generation with the priority countries being Ethiopia, India, Nigeria, and Pakistan. By working with a variety of modelling groups – like the Perkins lab – the administrative arm of the consortium is developing a web-based delivery platform to enable easy access to the latest data and to allow funders to have quick access to the estimates derived by the research teams. Additional information about the Vaccine Impact Modeling Consortium can be found at https://www.vaccineimpact.org

Members of the Perkins lab, including Moore, are experts in applying mathematical, computational, and statistical approaches to better understand the dynamics of infectious disease transmission and control. The major themes of their ongoing work include spatiotemporal dynamics of pathogen transmission and infectious disease incidence, model-guided assessment of interventions for infectious disease prevention, and infectious disease dynamics in the context of global change. 

Moore and Perkins are both affiliated members of the Eck Institute for Global Health, which endeavors to promote research, training, and service for the advancement health standards for all people. The institute recognizes health as a fundamental human right and aims to support those in developing countries who are disproportionately impacted by preventable diseases. To learn more about the institute, please visit globalhealth.nd.edu.

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Notre Dame Research / University of Notre Dame

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