The next epidemic is coming. How should we prepare?

The University of Washington MetaCenter for Pandemic Preparedness and Global Health Security aims to save lives by limiting the extent of infectious disease epidemics. We are fostering a bold, interdisciplinary, comprehensive, and integrated systems approach spearheaded by top scientists and practitioners that focuses on improving readiness before epidemics hit.

WHO WE ARE

The UW MetaCenter connects diverse expertise across UW that includes public health, medicine, statistical modeling, computer science, pharmacy, environmental and behavioral sciences, engineering, urban planning and law, in collaboration with local and international partners.

Seven core groups focus on three strategic areas:

DATA AND ANALYTICS, GEOSPATIAL, RISK FACTOR AND DISEASE MODELING

The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME)

The Center for Health and the Global Environment (CHanGE)

The Center for One Health Research (COHR)

RESEARCH TO DEVELOP DIAGNOSTICS, THERAPEUTICS, AND VACCINES

The Center for Emerging and Reemerging Infectious Diseases (CERID)

The Institute for Protein Design (IPD)

The Center for Innate Immunity and Immune Disease (CIIID)

TRAINING, WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT, HEALTH SYSTEMS STRENGTHENING

The International Training and Education Center for Health (I-TECH)

LEADERSHIP

Peter Rabinowitz, MD, MPH
Director, UW MetaCenter
Director, UW Center for One Health Research
Associate Professor, Dept of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences

 

 

 

Judith Wasserheit, MD, MPH
Professor, Global Health
Chair, Global Health
Professor, Medicine - Allergy and Infectious Dis.
Adjunct Professor, Epidemiology

 

 

Beth Bell, MD, MPH
Clinical Professor, Global Health

 

 

 

AFFILIATED FACULTY

Jason Beste
Kristie L. Ebi, CHanGE
Michael Gale, CIIID
Vinya Gupta, IHME
Jeremy Hess, CHanGE
Rodney Hoff
Cory W. Morin, CHanGE
Lucy Perrone, iTECH
David Pigott, IHME
Peter Rabinowitz, COHR
Andy Stergachis
Lance Stewart, IPD
Wesley Van Voorhis, CERID
Bryan Weiner 
Stefan Wiktor, iTECH
Paul Yager

WHAT WE DO

Our strategy begins by identifying geographic areas that are most vulnerable to outbreaks and highlighting pathogens of greatest concern, in order to identify gaps in readiness and to focus and prioritize solutions. We then develop and test effective tools to address these gaps and help strengthen the capacities of public health leaders and practitioners and the health systems in which they work before the next big epidemic emerges. 

Our work includes vulnerability assessments, novel approaches to the development of vaccines and treatments, and focused capacity building, education, and training. We engage UW’s global network of partners in low and middle-income countries and leverage strong ties with ministries of health to provide training that speeds effective implementation. 

By taking an integrated systems approach, we are bridging complex data sources with pioneering new approaches to develop diagnostics, therapeutics and vaccines, and on-the-ground implementation of effective detection, response, and prevention strategies. By linking these essential components before an outbreak hits, we can be better prepared.

CONTACT US

To address pandemics effectively we must work across sectors. We are strengthening key partnerships and focusing on projects to demonstrate proof of principle. Together, we can prepare for the next big pandemic.

206.221.4970 / deptgh@uw.edu

For the program brochure, click here.