In an interview with Scientific American the philanthropist talks about the statistics that inspire him most including the work of Professor Christopher Murray and his leadership of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington.
Though the West African Ebola outbreak that began in 2013 is now under control, 23 countries remain environmentally suitable for animal-to-human transmission of the Ebola virus. Only seven of these countries have experienced cases of Ebola, leaving the remaining 16 countries potentially unaware of regions of suitability, and therefore underprepared for future outbreaks.
Rethinking how scientists share data -- especially the inconclusive results -- may be the key.
By Mark Wilson
The Collaboration for AIDS Vaccine Discovery (CAVD) consists of a group of labs across the world, all pooling their data with one goal in mind: to create an AIDS vaccine as fast as possible. But the theory of sharing vast amounts of data is easier than the practice.