The University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health announced that it will lead a culture shift in data-sharing rippling through scientific fields and harness it to improve global knowledge of infectious diseases through a five-year, $6.7 million National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant.
Public Health will lead a multidisciplinary group of computer scientists, biostatisticians and biomedical informatics experts to direct the inaugural Network Coordination Center for the Models of Infectious Disease Agent Study (MIDAS), a collaborative research network originally launched by the NIH in 2004 to assist the nation in preparing for infectious disease threats.

Key partners in the new center are Bruce Childers (Pitt’s School of Computing and Information), Jeremy Espino (Pitt’s Department of Biomedical Informatics), Kim Wong (Pitt’s Center for Research Computing) Bill Hogan (University of Florida), Elizabeth Halloran (Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center), Lauren Ancel Meyers (University of Texas at Austin), and Nick Reich (University of Massachusetts Amherst).

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