News and coverage related to our research:
December 4, 2018 - Press release about Dr. Thompson receiving the 2018 Distinguished Risk Analyst Award from the Society for Risk Anlaysis "for her extraordinary achievements in risk analysis pertaining to her work on understanding and characterizing strategies to stop wild poliovirus transmission in Pakistan and Afghanistan, and other global risk management strategies. She has also been focused on the opportunity to globally eradicate measles and rubella."
October 22, 2018 - Watch Dr. Thompson's interview as part of World Polio Day.
June 12, 2018 - Watch Dr. Thompson discuss the economic case for eradicating polio during a workshop at the National Academy of Medicine Forum for Microbial Threats meeting on Understanding the Economics of Microbial Threats.
December 17, 2017 - Dr. Thompson and Nima Badizadegan received a best paper award from the Society for Risk Analysis for a paper mentioned in a July 27 press release announcing a special issue of Risk Analysis on modeling and managing the risks of measles and rubella and featured in a related webinar.
October 24, 2016 - Read interviews following Dr. Thompson's participation in World Polio Day events at the Institut Pasteur in Paris including an article in the a India Business Standard and international media.
August 16, 2016 - The recent news of poliovirus transmission detected in the Lake Chad area of Nigeria and an article in Wired that covered Kid Risk modeling of the risks of undetected circulation.
July 15, 2016 - Read Dr. Thompson's comments about the recent measles outbreak in Arizona and the importance of maintaining high vaccination coverage.
February 15, 2016 - Read an interview by Wycliffe Muga (pdf), award-winning reporter and Weekend Editor of The Star in Kenya, with Dr. Thompson about an upcoming meeting of African Ministers of Health and Finance. Dr. Thompson urges African leaders to build on the momentum of polio eradication and commit the resources and collaboration required to achieve measles and rubella elimination in Africa. You can also listen to prior BBC interviews that provide Wycliffe Muga's perspectives and insights on child immunization and public health as risk management.
July 23, 2015 - The Society for Risk Analysis issued a press release about new research from Kid Risk that showed significant benefits associated with outbreak response for the 2014 measles outbreak in the Ohio Amish. Recent related work explored the heterogeneity in immunization coverage in Central Florida.
March 2015 - Dr. Thompson joined the National Vaccine Advisory Committee, and Kid Risk researchers recently published studies related to the use of analytics in polio eradication (winner of the 2014 INFORMS Edelman Award), the potential for undetected circulation of polioviruses, modeling the transmission of wild poliovirus serotype 1 that occurred following a 2013 importation event into Israel, and the importance of managing population immunity to transmission for polioviruses, even in countries that use IPV-only for routine immunization.
July 17, 2014 - Dr. Thompson weights in on research related to the role of IPV and encourages the need to focus on performance in immunization programs based on her recent Editorial for The Lancet.
March 31, 2014 - INFORMS issued a press release announcing CDC Wins Edelman Award, Leading Prize in Analytics, Operations Research for Polio Eradication, which recognized the analytical contributions from Kid Risk, Inc. over a decade of collaboration - watch the presentation from the INFORMS website.
March 21, 2014 - Deeva Berera wins the top presentation award and a poster award at the UCF College of Medicine for work with Dr. Thompson published in January 2015.
December 17, 2013 - INFORMS issued a press release for the 2014 Franz Edelman Prize, which includes Kid Risk as one of the world's best analytical teams selected as a finalist for this prestigious award!
November 20, 2012 - Dr. Thompson speaks about the benefits of polio eradication.
January 22, 2011 -Press release issued about the economic benefits of the global polio eradication initiative estimated at $40-50 billion - also posted by the GPEI and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
May 6, 2010 - Press release issued saying expert on Children's Risks Tells Parents Not to Worry About the Facebook Pampers Diaper Rash 'Scare' - Check out Dr. Thompson's public health perspective on the Pampers Dry Max diaper rash "scare" and read some of the media coverage, including the press release issued by Pampers following the statements by the Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada finding no link between the diapers and the severe diaper rash claims.
Selection of media articles that featured Kid Risk work:
Anti-Vaccine Movement Gains Steam and Fuels Measles Outbreaks: Public Health Watch (Contagion)
The Surge (Wired Magazine)
The Toxic Paradox (New York Times Magazine)
Officials expect to complete plan today to eradicate polio urgent meeting of WHO backed by Harvard study (Boston Globe)
Polio eradication a worthwhile goal, says study (CBC News)
New plan aims to eradicate polio WHO seeks support from affected nations (International Herald Tribune)
Polio: No cheap way out (Science Magazine)
Eradicating polio a better option than extended control of the disease (Science Daily)
Polio vaccine savings (AAAS Science Update)
Prevention: It just makes cents (Harvard Public Health Review)
Billions of dollars saved in U.S. by polio vaccination (Science Daily)