What we do
The Institute for Disease Modeling (IDM) is part of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Global Health Division.
IDM’s goal is to support global efforts to eradicate infectious diseases and achieve permanent improvements in health by developing, using, and sharing computational modeling tools and promoting quantitative decision-making.
Improving the health of all people, especially those in the most vulnerable populations, is a pressing and complex problem that engages diverse contributors, from health workers on the ground to funding agencies that provide resources and support. Data-driven approaches, including the development of dynamic models, statistical analysis, and the development and application of innovative algorithms, make fundamental contributions that inform primary research programs, intervention strategies, resource allocation, and other avenues of health care delivery.
Introducing the new IDM Fellows Program!
We believe that collaboration can magnify the impact of our work, so we build collaborations with partners worldwide. As part of our collaborative efforts, we are piloting the inaugural IDM Fellows Program, which aims to provide a professional and personal development opportunity for early-career modelers working in Lower- and Middle-Income Countries (LMICs) and to leverage their talent, passion, and expertise to advance IDM and Foundation priorities in areas such as gender equality and malaria. The first intake of this program, to begin in 2024, will be by invitation only. Future calls for Fellows will be open and will be advertised through the Grand Challenges platform. Read more…
Publishing our work enables us to share ideas, code, and insights collaboratively to advance the field of disease modeling and improve global health outcomes.
- Improving antibiotic stewardship for diarrheal disease with probability-based electronic clinical decision support: A randomized crossover trial
- Gene drive mosquitoes can aid malaria elimination by retarding Plasmodium sporogonic development
- Feasibility of measles and rubella vaccination programmes for disease elimination: a modelling study
- The effect of adolescent pregnancy on child mortality in 46 low- and middle-income countries
Code and tools
IDM provides innovative disease modeling tools freely to the research community to aid in reaching our goal of disease control and eradication. These innovative tools provide quantitative and analytical means to model the transmission of infectious diseases.
- Epidemiological MODeling software (EMOD) (agent-based model for multiple diseases)
- FPSim (family planning model)
- Vis-Tools (geospatial data visualization)
- Covasim (COVID-19 model)
- PACE-HRH (human resources for health model)