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IDM shapes global efforts to eradicate infectious diseases and to achieve permanent improvements in the health of those most in need. By developing, using, and freely sharing computational modeling tools, we advise policymakers, promote quantitative decision-making and advance scientific methodologies.

IDM is an institute within the Global Good Fund, a collaboration between Intellectual Ventures and Bill and Melinda Gates.​

For opportunities to join IDM, please visit the Careers page for a list of current openings.

The research and software teams at IDM focus on providing support to disease eradication programs and other global health endeavors through a variety of modeling and statistical approaches. We build and use several disease modeling tools that we make freely available to the research community. These include tools for agent-based modeling, stochastic compartmental modeling, spatiotemporal data visualization, data analysis.

EMOD, IDM's flagship modeling tool, is a mechanistic agent-based model that examines the effects of population-level and within-host phenomena and simulates the effect of combined interventions. It supports disease campaign planning, data gathering, new product development, and policy decisions with an emphasis on providing tactical and strategic support to enable global health programs to move toward disease eradication.

IDM was founded with the goal of facilitating disease eradication through the use and promotion of quantitative analysis. From our origin as a small project focused on developing an innovative agent-based model to eradicate malaria, IDM has grown to an independent center with broader global health goals. We believe that through the use of quantitative methods, we can contribute to the improvement of the health and quality of life of people throughout the world.

By combining our bespoke mathematical models with our expertise in data analytics, we can provide strategies and guidelines for public health programs to achieve real-world goals. The control and eradication of infectious diseases is a pressing and complex problem, with many key contributors. From health workers on the ground to funding agencies providing resources and support, there are multiple pathways to help improve public health. We believe that modeling and analysis is a fundamental contribution that can aid in resource allocation and intervention strategies and remain committed to providing these vital services.

IDM strongly values collaboration among people with varied backgrounds and skills. One thing that sets IDM apart from other modeling groups is the relationship between our research and software teams. Our researchers work with a dedicated software team that provides extensive professional experience in building, testing, and supporting our modeling tools. By following software best practices, this team can help build modeling tools that are easily extended to model a variety of different diseases and interventions.

The value we place on collaboration extends to those at other organizations. IDM partners with universities, NGOs, governmental ministries, and other research and public health institutions focused on researching new ways to understand and combat diseases both locally and globally. If you are interested in collaborating with us, please contact recruiting@idmod.org. Additionally, the Symposium we host each spring brings together researchers in the field of disease modeling.

The Institute for Disease Modeling is in Bellevue, WA, near Seattle on the east side of Lake Washington. IDM collaborates with selected universities, NGOs, government ministries, and other research and public health institutions throughout the world. Some of the recent research efforts are in the following areas:

  • Polio eradication in Nigeria and Afghanistan
  • Malaria transmission in Burkina Faso, Mali, Zambia, and Tanzania
  • Tuberculosis in the gold mines of South Africa

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A LOOK INTO THE RECENT EVENTS AT IDM

PUBLICATIONS
Point-Of-Care Urine LAM Tests for Tuberculosis Diagnosis: A Status Update

Most diagnostic tests for tuberculosis (TB) rely on sputum samples, which are difficult to obtain and have low sensitivity in immunocompromised patients, patients with disseminated TB, and children, delaying treatment initiation. The World Health Organization (WHO) calls for the development of a rapid, biomarker-based, non-sputum test capable of detecting all forms of TB at the point-of-care…

Sub-national levels and trends in contraceptive prevalence, unmet need, and demand for family planning in Nigeria with survey uncertainty

Background Ambitious global goals have been established to provide universal access to affordable modern contraceptive methods. To measure progress toward such goals in populous countries like Nigeria, it’s essential to characterize the current levels and trends of family planning (FP) indicators such as unmet need and modern contraceptive prevalence…

Cost-effectiveness of using environmental surveillance to target the roll-out typhoid conjugate vaccine

Since the prequalification of the Typhoid conjugate vaccine (TCV) by the WHO and subsequent position paper published in 2018, strategies for roll-out of the vaccine have been under discussion [1]. The 2018 position paper recommends the introduction of TCV to be…

RELEASES
RAINIER : Version , Released : 2020-05-27
SynthPops : Version , Released : 2020-05-08
Covasim : Version , Released : 2020-05-04
COVID Health Systems , Released : 2020-03-31
Risk Map , Released : 2019-08-28
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