Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics

The Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics (CCDD), Directed by Dr. Marc Lipsitch, was established at Harvard School of Public Health in September 2009.  In a short amount of time, the Center has rapidly organized its activities and begun work in key areas of research, policy, training and outreach.  The research efforts of the CCDD have contributed to an improved local, national and international response to the 2009 H1N1 pandemic, expanded methodology for intervention targeting for communicable diseases, and made a substantial advance in our understanding of the mechanisms of seasonality of influenza.

CCDD provides support for postdoctoral researchers, and doctoral and masters-level students, and has trained over 100 of them since 2009. CCDD also has focused outreach efforts involving underrepresented minority (URM) students, which include an annual outreach conference for URM undergraduates to introduce opportunities in public health and infectious disease modeling.

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