MISMS: a global collaboration to study influenza

  • 18-year program to advance evidence-based policies for influenza control in the US and globally
  • Includes basic research and training workshops led by a core team of scientists at Fogarty International Center (FIC), based at the US National Institutes of Health.
  • MISMS staff annually organize training workshops to teach methods of data analysis, including time-series, modeling, and phylogenetic analysis
  • Develops global collaborations to facilitate data-sharing and large-scale studies of disease dynamics
  • Focus on low- and middle-income countries

MISMS training workshop in South Africa, 2018

Examples of how MISMS research impacted policy decision-making:

Improving influenza vaccination strategies during pandemics based on the age-shift from elderly to younger adults

Seasonal influenza vaccine campaigns in children, who are key vectors of transmission in communities, can provide indirect protection to vulnerable seniors with low immune responses to vaccination and high mortality.

Advising countries in tropical and sub-tropical regions on whether to use the Northern hemisphere or Southern hemisphere vaccine formulation, based on the seasonal timing of their influenza epidemics, which tends to be more variable than the winter epidemics seen in temperate regions.

Recognizing role of humans in transmitting influenza viruses to animals (reverse zoonosis), including transmission of pandemic H1N1 viruses from humans to swine and to zoo animals.

Timing of waves of previous pandemics, NEJM 2009 

Recent Updates

MISMS MinION Workshop – Colombia

Training Workshop for the Implementation of MinION Sequencing for Influenza Viruses  February 6-8, 2020 Irotama Resort Santa Marta, Colombia Participation is limited. Please apply by Dec 23rd.   Workshop Objective This three-day workshop, held February 6-8th, 2020 in Santa Marta, Colombia, will introduce new technologies and advanced informatics approaches that can be used for infectious disease […]

MISMS Influenza Workshop – Zambia

FIC MISMS workshop  Influenza epidemiology, digital surveillance and evolutionary dynamics March 12-13, 2020 ANISE meeting, Livingstone, Zambia   Link for Registration This training workshop is held in conjunction with the March 2020 meeting of the ANISE network in Zambia and follows scientific research sessions and training modules led by the GISAID and WHO teams earlier in the […]

Short-Term Visiting Fellows Program

The Division of International Epidemiology and Population Studies (DIEPS) has a long-standing tradition of hosting visiting international and US researchers for training in methods of analyzing infectious disease data and long-term collaboration and publication. Some of our past visitors are listed below: Cheryl Cohen Alice Fusaro Magnus Gottfredsson Jong-Won Kang Aba Mahamat Anthony Newall Baltazar […]