Strategies to Prevent Infectious Disease Outbreaks
Infectious disease outbreaks pose significant health and economic risks to Canadians. While well-planned interventions could prevent or minimize disruptive outbreaks, the effectiveness and costs of new strategies to prevent outbreaks is unknown.
However, innovative new approaches for the management of disease outbreaks may soon be just a few mouse clicks away, thanks to Dr. Amy Greer, Canada Research Chair in Population Disease Modelling.
Greer is developing computer simulation models that make it easier to analyze “what if” scenarios to identify the most effective and cost-effective surveillance and control strategies for preventing outbreaks. The models represent "simulated environments" including individuals and their interactions, movements, decision-making, and health states. These simulated populations will allow Greer to evaluate the potential impacts of intervention strategies for pathogens such as pandemic influenza and food-borne diseases like E. coli.
The simulation models Greer is developing will allow for effective planning that lets limited resources be allocated to optimize infection control practices and minimize disease transmission.
Greer’s research will have a significant impact on public health, by strengthening public health planning and disease control strategies to prevent infectious disease outbreaks.