MISMS: using data analysis to inform disease prevention

MISMS is an 18-year program with a mission to advance evidence-based policies for influenza control in the US and globally.  The program 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, with a focus on low- and middle-income countries, and lead global collaborations to facilitate data-sharing and large-scale studies of disease dynamics.

MISMS training workshop in South Africa, 2018

Examples of how MISMS research has impacted policy decision-making:

Recent Updates

Developing influenza vaccines for swine in Mexico

MISMS researchers characterized the high levels of genetic diversity of influenza viruses circulating in swine in Mexico, working closely with veterinarians in Mexico and with funding from a major animal vaccine manufacturer. The study is available online at Emerging Infectious Diseases and will be published in print next month. The study was a collaboration between the NIH, USDA, […]

Special Issue on 1918 Centennial in AJE

In commemoration of the centennial of the 1918 influenza pandemic, the American Journal of Epidemiology convened a collection of 12 articles on the epidemiology of the pandemic, led by MISMS staff Cecile Viboud and Justin Lessler. The 12 articles consider a growing body of work on the archeo-epidemiology of past pandemics, the socioeconomic and geographic drivers of influenza […]

MISMS accomplishments highlighted for Fogarty’s 50th birthday

Fogarty’s team of infectious disease modelers used the occasion of the Center’s 50th birthday to review its achievements, consider lessons learned, and explore possible future directions in an article published by the journal Epidemics and featured in Global Health Matters. The article highlights the exceptional productivity and ROI of the MISMS program, including a cost-per-article published […]