Prof. Remais awarded $3.6 million from NIH to build better infectious disease surveillance

A Berkeley School of Public Health research team led by EHS Prof. Justin Remais has been awarded a $3.6 million, five-year grant by the National Institutes of Health to develop new approaches for simulating and optimizing surveillance networks that detect infectious diseases.

The project will enlist big data to tackle major challenges facing the monitoring of global infectious diseases, such as tracking the progress of disease elimination campaigns, detecting co-infections and maximizing detection of rare diseases in high-risk populations. The researchers will focus on high-priority global infections, including tuberculosis, malaria and schistosomiasis, and the team will work in partnership with practitioners at the U.S. and Chinese Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.