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Strengthening the community of people who are making and using infectious disease models to improve public health both inside and outside of Canada

Network

We are a community of modellers, statisticians, epidemiologists, public health decision-makers, and those implementing and delivering interventions.

Research

We are building modelling collaborations to address a broad research agenda focused on high priority scientific themes.

Public Health

We collaborate with stakeholders to address challenges related to pandemic response and preparedness.

Training

We are building expertise amongst the next generation of infectious disease modellers, and preparing them for careers in academia, industry, and the public sector.

Data

We are working to collect, digitize, and curate infectious disease data, and to make these data accessible to modellers and other stakeholders.

Tools

We are developing and maintaining lasting computational resources for the infectious disease modelling and estimation community.

Our Mission

CANMOD aims to increase Canada’s capacity for data-driven emerging infectious disease modelling (EIDM) to directly support short, medium, and long-term public health decisions. Our network comprises collaborative teams of modellers, statisticians, epidemiologists, public health decision-makers, and those implementing and delivering interventions. The questions we tackle will be grounded in public health needs and generated in partnership between research investigators and knowledge users—public health leaders, health administrators and policy-makers. This collaborative research will drive data collection, curation and access, such that critical information is available when needed. While the network will address questions of immediate relevance in the shorter term, we will take this approach with longer-term challenges in mind, building a trajectory of enhancing modelling expertise and capacity in infectious disease in Canada. We are on this path already, as researchers move from the daily challenges of decision-making during the COVID-19 pandemic to working on longer-term policy questions. CANMOD will build and coordinate national capacity in infectious disease modelling at the forefront of public health. This capacity will position public health across Canada for better control of any infectious disease, and will build better preparedness and resilience in case of future pandemics. It will offer extensive experiential training opportunities to postdoctoral fellows (PDFs), graduate and undergraduate students at the intersection of infectious disease modelling, public health policy and decision making. CANMOD is committed to increasing equity, diversity, and inclusion in the next generation of infectious disease modellers. Trainees will be well-placed for quantitatively-oriented careers in academia, industry and the public sector.