Dr. Elizabeth Halloran, professor of biostatistics at the University of Washington School of Public Health, received a five-year, $12.5 million grant to head a center at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center to track infectious diseases. The award is from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences of the National Institutes of Health. It designates the Seattle campus of the Fred Hutchinson center as a Models of Infectious Disease Agent Study (MIDAS) Center of Excellence.
Other MIDAS centers are housed at the University of Pittsburgh and the Harvard School of Public Health. The centers use computational and mathematical models to track the spread of diseases such as influenza, dengue fever, polio, dengue fever, and Ebola. Researchers also analyze the effectiveness of interventions.
Dr. Halloran and her UW and Fred Hutchinson colleagues will collaborate with scientists at Northeastern University, the University of Florida, the University of Michigan, Duke University, Emory University, and the University of Georgia. The Fred Hutchinson center has been part of a network of MIDAS groups for a decade, but a center designation elevates the site to a new level.