ISE (Dept. of Industrial and Systems Engineering), University Center for Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Response (UCDPER), DIMACS, and CCICADA Joint Seminar

Speaker: Wei Xiong, Division of Outcomes and Effectiveness Research Weill Medical College, Cornell University

Title: Stockpiling and Utilization Strategies of Healthcare Resources for Pandemic Influenza: A Model-Based Analysis

Date: Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Time*: 5:00 - 6:00pm *Refreshments will be served in the IE lounge area at 4:30 prior to the seminar.

Location: Lecture Hall 1st Floor, CoRE Bldg, Rutgers University, Busch Campus, Piscataway, NJ


A pandemic influenza occurs when a new strain of influenza virus surfaces in the human population and spreads efficiently from person to person. The use of pharmaceutical interventions (prescription antiviral drugs and vaccine) plays an important role in a multi-faceted public health response to an infectious disease outbreak. We explore consequences of decisions on the amount of antiviral drug regimens to stockpile and the strategies for prophylaxis use of antivirals during an influenza pandemic. We also evaluate health benefits of different prophylactic antiviral use strategies in terms of disease attack rate and hospital surge arrivals considering uncertainties surrounding influenza spread and containment.