The Center for Biomedical Modeling is directed by Professor Sally Blower at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Research in our group focuses on designing mathematical models that reflect the transmission dynamics of a variety of infectious diseases. We mainly focus on HIV, but also work on syphilis, genital herpes, smallpox, MRSA, tuberculosis, leprosy, trachoma, and influenza. We use our models to address urgent public health problems in both resource-rich and resource-constrained countries.
Currently, we are developing models to predict the emergence and transmission of drug-resistant strains of HIV in the US, Europe and Africa. In addition, we are developing a new interdisciplinary science that enables ethical principles to be quantified and explicitly incorporated into public health decision-making. To develop this science we are fusing the quantitative field of operations research with the qualitative field of ethics. We are using this interdisciplinary approach to design effective, ethical and optimal implementation strategies for the rollout of HIV treatment in Africa.
We collaborate with researchers in the US, South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, France and Denmark.