ISGP Podcast: Disease's Next Top Model



You’ve heard about climate models, but how about disease models? Disease models are tools that can help predict – and therefore prevent – the spread of disease. The problem is that they don’t always incorporate factors like Nash equilibria into their predictions. How can disease models be improved to increase their utility? Debaters discussed modeling of diseases and whether it is effective during the discussion of the paper written by Dr. David Fisman, Associate Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto.  The paper, titled Bugs and Bucks: Infectious Disease Persistence is a Matter of Economics, was part of an Institute on Science for Global Policy (ISGP) conference on Emerging and Persistent Infectious Diseases: Focus on Prevention, convened June 5–8, 2011 in San Diego, California. For more podcasts, visit ISGP’s The Forum.