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Wilbert van Panhuis, MD, PhD

Wilbert van Panhuis, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor,
Department of Epidemiology

 


Wilbert van Panhuis, MD, PhD

Wilbert van Panhuis, MD, PhD, is an assistant professor in the Department of Epidemiology and a faculty member of the Public Health Dynamics Laboratory, University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health. Dr. Van Panhuis studied medicine at the Vrije Universiteit Medical Center in Amsterdam after which he worked as a research fellow at the Center for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters in Brussels. He completed an internship at the WHO Western Pacific Regional Office in Manila where he worked on dengue surveillance in the Mekong Region. He received his PhD from the Department of International Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. Van Panhuis is an infectious disease epidemiologist specializing in (inter)national disease surveillance systems, vector-borne and vaccine preventable diseases and global cooperation for disease data sharing and disease control. He is the lead scientist of the Tycho project which aims to provide open access to newly digitized, standardized US weekly disease surveillance data in a dynamic online user environment. He is also working with colleagues, students and partner organizations in the United States, Southeast Asia and Latin America to assess disease surveillance systems and to use high resolution surveillance data for studies on the spatiotemporal spread of infectious diseases. Dr. Van Panhuis is particularly interested in time series and geospatial methods to study the influence of population density and urbanization on disease transmission, especially across country borders. He works on technology and policy solutions to advance the use of high resolution disease data for dynamic computational modeling in support of decision making, bridging the gap between data, analytics, and policy making. He plans to establish a central online access point to integrated, standardized country disease surveillance data in the public domain to create new opportunities for technological innovation, scientific advancement, and more effective investments in global health.

 

 

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