Alan MacEachren part of team to win Gates Foundation grant

GeoVISTA Center Director Alan MacEachren is one of several Penn State researchers to be part of an international team led by the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health to help evaluate new vaccines that will have the best chances of stopping the global outbreaks of infectious diseases. The project has received a $10 million grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

The Vaccine Modeling Initiative is a research partnership among infectious disease modeling teams at the University of Pittsburgh, Penn State's Center for Infectious Disease Dynamicsand Imperial College London. The epidemic models they develop will be designed to fit the prevalence, incidence and geographic spread patterns of past epidemics in developing countries, and will help prevent future infectious disease epidemics by optimizing vaccine strategies for particular diseases and regions.

For more information, contact Krista Kahler at kck12@psu.edu

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