London to host pioneering rapid response centre to tackle global health crises

  • Imperial College London

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  • UK Medical News
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The world’s most advanced institute for disease and emergency analytics has opened in London.

The Abdul Latif Jameel Institute for Disease and Emergency Analytics (J-IDEA), headquartered at Imperial College London, will rapidly respond to emergencies such as epidemics, extreme climate events and natural and humanitarian disasters.

The new institute will bring together the world’s foremost epidemiologists, biostatisticians, medics and data scientists to break down barriers between academic expertise and on-the-ground impact.

J-IDEA will tackle crises, such as Ebola and MERS, alongside longer-term global priorities, including the effect of climate change on health, using cutting-edge data science and public health research to deliver policy insights.

The new institute brings together the world’s foremost epidemiologists, biostatisticians, medics and data scientists as they break down barriers between academic expertise and on-the-ground impact.

Data modelling and analytics will be used in real-time analyses and intervention modelling to contain outbreaks, protect vulnerable communities, strengthen on-the-ground data collection and analytical capability and understand the drivers of resilience in health emergencies.

J-IDEA is co-founded by Community Jameel, the global philanthropy established by Mohammed Abdul Latif Jameel KBE.

Professor Alice Gast, President of Imperial College London, said: “We are at an inflexion point in global health. We are on the cusp of a world free from diseases like polio, and our ambitions go further. J-IDEA will bring our world-leading researchers together with a new sense of energy and urgency to pursue some of the most important public health work in the world.

“Community Jameel’s foresight in creating this partnership will have a profound global impact for generations to come,” she said.