MMED 2016: Clinic on the Meaningful Modelling of Epidemiological Data, May 30 - 10 June 2016

Posted on Fri, Jan 22 2016 13:34:00

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MMED 2016

Clinic on the Meaningful Modelling of Epidemiological Data

30 May – 10 June 2016, African Institute for Mathematical Sciences, South Africa

The South African Centre for Epidemiological Modelling (SACEMA) invites applications to the seventh annual Clinic on the Meaningful Modelling of Epidemiological Data (MMED). This two-week modelling clinic, mounted in collaboration with the International Clinics on Infectious Disease Dynamics and Data (ICI3D) Programme and the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS), will bring together graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, and other researchers from North America and Africa, with the goal of engaging the participants in epidemiological modelling projects that use real data to grapple with practical questions in a meaningful way.

The Clinic will consist of a series of lectures, discussions, and tutorials that will guide participants through the process of developing data‐based, dynamical models of disease spread and using models to answer public health questions. Participants are encouraged to bring data sets and questions to the Clinic, and to start collaborative projects with each other or the organizers. Various statistical and dynamical modelling paradigms will be explored. Computer exercises and group projects will reinforce and extend the concepts covered, and participants will gain experience using tools such as R, R Studio, git, and GitHub for collaborative projects. Please review the schedule from MMED 2015 for additional information on the topics covered.

During the first week of the Clinic, all participants will be required to present on previous or ongoing research that is related to the Clinic's themes. Participants are encouraged to continue research projects begun during the Clinic when they return to their home institutions and will be required to complete a written report on group projects.

Students and researchers with a demonstrated interest in infectious disease research are encouraged to apply. The Clinic is targeted towards participants with strong quantitative backgrounds and some prior knowledge of mathematical modelling in epidemiology but limited experience integrating data and models to address applied questions in infectious disease dynamics.

Funding is available to cover room, board and travel costs for a limited number of Clinic participants from the US and Africa. The application process for the Clinic is highly competitive. Preference will be given to applicants that have the most to gain from Clinic participation. The deadline for receipt of applications from candidates based in Africa is midnight on March 1, 2016. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

A description of the application procedure, eligibility requirements, and all necessary forms are located online and can be accessed through the ICI3D Programme’s website. Click here for pdf announcement.