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Alumni To Lead New CDC Disease Forecasting Center

Marc Lipsitch '87 and Rebecca Kahn '09 will lead a new center at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) designed to advance the use of forecasting and outbreak analytics in public health decision-making.

The Center for Forecasting and Outbreak Analytics will blend public health data, disease modelers, public health emergency responders, and communications, to meet the needs of decision-makers. According to the CDC, the new center will accelerate access to data for public health officials who require information to mitigate the effects of disease threats and will serve as a hub for innovation and research on disease modeling.

Marc, a professor in the Department of Epidemiology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and director of the Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics, will serve as the new center's Director of Science.

Rebecca, a researcher in the Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, will be the center's Senior Scientist.

Scientists within the Center for Forecasting and Outbreak Analytics will focus on three key functions: predicting using modeling and forecasting, connecting officials and agencies by sharing data, and informing decision-makers with forecast communications.

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