MIDAS VISION

MIDAS is a collaborative network of research scientists who use computational, statistical and mathematical models to understand infectious disease dynamics and thereby assist the nation to prepare for, detect and respond to infectious disease threats.

MIDAS 3-FOLD MISSION

Research

MIDAS mobilizes its intellectual capital to undertake a variety of projects, many beyond the scope of any individual group, and conducts research on:

  • Dynamics of emergence and spread of pathogens;
  • Identification and surveillance of infectious diseases;
  • Effectiveness and consequences of intervention strategies;
  • Host/pathogen interactions;
  • Ecological, climatic, economic and evolutionary dimensions of infectious diseases;
  • The roles of behavior and behavioral adaptation in the spread and control of infectious diseases;
  • Novel modeling approaches;
  • Production and dissemination of modeling and analysis tools for the scientific research community; and
  • Approaches to analyzing and comparing model structure and output. 

Education, Training, and Outreach

MIDAS builds capacity and infrastructure for infectious disease modeling through programs to:

  • Engage public health and medical professionals, policy makers and the scientific community to understand the roles and utility of modeling;
  • Provide educational, training, mentoring and career development opportunities in modeling infectious diseases;
  • Deepen modelers' understanding of public health, medical and policy interests;
  • Facilitate exchange of personnel between public health, medicine, policy and academia; and
  • Foster international cooperation and collaboration on prevention and control of global infectious disease threats.

Policy and Decision Support

MIDAS supports planning, preparedness and response activities through:

  • Collaboration with stakeholders to provide policy and decision support;
  • Generation of analytical and decision support tools for use by the public health community;
  • Sharing results and resources with the MIDAS network, policymakers, public health, medical and scientific communities; and
  • Critical analyses and scenarios to inform policy decisions and guidance.

MIDAS Steering Committee

The Steering Committee is the main governing body of MIDAS. The committee:

  • Sets milestones for the MIDAS network
  • Assesses progress within the MIDAS network
  • Standardizes the data format and nomenclature for the MIDAS database
  • Develops guidelines and policies (e.g., for data sharing and intellectual property)
  • Evaluates and votes on inclusion of associate projects
  • Contributes to the development of a cohesive effort
  • Alerts NIH to scientific opportunities, emerging needs, and impediments.

The Steering Committee meets twice a year in January and May.

CURRENT STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS

Executive Committee

The Executive Committee is composed of the principal investigators and the NIGMS scientific director.  The executive committee promotes collaboration and coordination of the MIDAS projects and ensures the high scientific quality and timeliness of MIDAS research.  The committee makes decisions about scientific directions, plans meetings, addresses resource and data needs, and implements the priorities established by the steering committee.  The executive committee is accountable to the steering committee.