Weitz Group @ Georgia Tech Theoretical Ecology and Quantitative Biology

Announcing a rapid response workshop: "Modeling the Spread and Control of Ebola in W. Africa" Jan 22-23, 2015

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Joshua Weitz is leading the organization of a rapid response workshop to take place at the Historic Academy of Medicine at Georgia Tech. The website is:


This meeting will highlight concepts, challenges, and results arising from the use of models to predict the spread and
facilitate the control of Ebola in W. Africa with a focus on the following central themes:

1. Predicting and interpreting initial outbreak dynamics
2. Planning and evaluating interventions
3. Real-time monitoring and surveillance
4. Modeling as a tool for communication

The meeting will include panel discussions, break-out groups, a poster session, and field-reports from W. Africa.
Confirmed speakers include scientists, public health experts and policy makers. Space is limited, so please register
early. A limited number of travel awards will be given, with preference to graduate students, postdocs and participants
from developing countries.

Speakers: Ileana Arias (CDC), Gerardo Chowell (Arizona State University), Zhilan Feng (Purdue University), Brian
Gurbaxani (CDC), Richard Hatchett (Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority), Martin Meltzer (CDC), Lauren Meyers (UT-Austin), Samuel Scarpino (Santa Fe Institute), Jeffrey Shaman (Columbia), Alessandro Vespignani (Northeastern University), Karen Wong (CDC)

Organizers: Joshua Weitz (Chair, Georgia Tech), Rustom Antia (Emory), John Drake (UGA), John Glasser (CDC), Jonathan
Dushoff (McMaster), Pinar Keskinocak (Georgia Tech), Lauren Meyers (UT-Austin), Fredrik Vannberg (Georgia Tech)

Early registration by January 8, 2015 is $50.