Initial Consortium Technical Meeting, BMGF, Seattle, USA

14 July 2014
Seattle, USA skyline

The Diagnostics Modelling Consortium Secretariat recently convened the initial technical meeting of the Consortium in Seattle, USA

30 June – 3 July 2014

The Consortium Secretariat led by Prof. Azra Ghani at Imperial College London met recently with modelling groups, key PST teams and stakeholders at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation offices in Seattle, USA.

Core members from modelling groups working across all the major Consortium projects met recently with key Programme Strategy Teams from the Foundation working in HIV, Malaria, Pneumonia, NTDs and Point of Care programmes, together with representatives from local stakeholders: PATH.

The overall aims of the meeting were for the different modelling groups to:

  • Discuss the role and requirements of diagnostics in their theme specific areas with the Foundation and external collaborators;
  • Share existing models, explain underlying assumptions and outline preliminary results based on existing data sources;
  • Formalise plans to modify and develop their models to address the needs of new diagnostics in specific settings/scenarios and to identify additional data requirements and available sources.

Consortium members agreed that the meeting was a success, giving the individual groups the opportunity talk through their modelling work with their relevant Foundation team members and to plan their timelines for the next six months.