The Public Health Dynamics Lab supports the development of software tools for the collection, analysis, and modeling of public health data. Current projects include:
FRED is an agent-based epidemic modeling tool. FRED helps to analyze the dynamics of infectious disease epidemics and the likely effects of mitigation strategies -- including vaccination, anti-viral drugs, and school closure policies -- in specific geographic regions. FRED uses census-based synthetic populations that capture the demographic and geographic distributions of the population, as well as detailed household, school, and workplace social networks.
GAIA is a visualization and analysis tool designed specifically to accommodate epidemiological research. GAIA is a web-service that is accessible to the public.
HERMES is a software platform that allows users to generate a detailed discrete event simulation model of any vaccine supply chain. This simulation model can serve as a "virtual laboratory" for policy makers, health officials, manufacturers, distributors, scientists and researchers.
The purpose of ISAAC is to provide reliable indicators to measure local public health agencies' response behavior to a wide variety of threats in local public health systems. ISSAC measures the stress of emergency response at levels of agency, sub-agency unit, and multi-agency system. ISAAC can be used to prepare public health agencies for emergencies and to study the impact of funding cuts on emergency adaptive response.
LENA provides a visualization of the emergency preparedness, response, and recovery statutes and regulations directing agents in the public health system. LENA can compare legal networks of two States or between a State and the Federal Government. These legal networks can be adjusted to represent certain types of emergencies and action/goal pairings. LENA can help determine how laws impact capacity of the Public Health System to plan for and respond to emergencies.
Project Tycho™ aims to advance the availability and use of public health data for science and public health policy. The Project Tycho™ database includes data from all weekly notifiable disease reports for the United States dating back to 1888 in freely accessible digital form, as well as selected analytical and visualization tools.