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NIMBioS Seminar Series

In conjunction with the interdisciplinary activities of the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS), a seminar series on topics in mathematical biology will be hosted at NIMBioS every other Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. (unless otherwise noted) in the Hallam Auditorium, Room 206, Claxton Building, 1122 Volunteer Blvd. Seminar speakers will focus on their research initiatives at the interface of mathematics and many areas of the life sciences. Light refreshments will be served in Room 205 beginning 30 minutes before each talk. Faculty and students from across the UT community are welcome to join us.

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Speaker: Dr. Brad Greening, National Center for Emerging Zoonotic and Infectious Diseases
Time/Date: Friday, April 7, 2017, 12:00 p.m.
Location: Room 206, Claxton Building, 1122 Volunteer Blvd.
Topic: Simple Models for Public Health Decision Making and Emergency Response
Abstract: This talk will discuss the value of simple models that can be built quickly and with available data to aid public health decision makers in response to catastrophic infectious disease events. Concepts will be illustrated using an example from CDC's Ebola Response, where a simple model was developed to assess the costs and benefits of a proposed intervention to provide prophylactic antimalarial treatment to all contacts of a suspected Ebola case.

Bradford Greening, Ph.D., is a health scientist in the National Center for Emerging Zoonotic and Infectious Diseases (NCEZID), Health Economics and Modeling Unit (HEMU). An alumnus of the Prevention Effectiveness Fellowship at CDC, Greening has served on the Modeling Task Force in CDC’s Ebola and Zika Responses where he has worked closely with public health decision makers to estimate future case counts and the potential impact of disease surveillance, control, and prevention strategies. Examples of his research include evaluating the efficiency and effectiveness of contact tracing methods for outbreak investigation, estimating the demand for testing and treatment for Ebola and Zika, and evaluating the cost-effectiveness of providing anti-malarial prophylaxis to contacts of Ebola cases. Greening's research interests include applying mathematical models to real-world problems in public health and bridging empirical data with quantitative frameworks to better inform public health decisions, especially in scenarios involving limited resources. He holds a Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolution and a B.S. in Computer Science from Rutgers Univ.

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