Analytics, Computational Approaches Important Tools For Vaccine Research

Scientific American: No More Chicken Soup: Data Is the Answer to Fighting the Flu
Eva Lee, the Virginia C. and Joseph C. Mello Chair and professor of the H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering, director of the Center for Operations Research in Medicine and Healthcare at Georgia Institute of Technology, and fellow of the Institute of Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS)

“…Operations research and analytics can play an important role in assisting experimental scientists in their study of viruses or design of vaccines. … Such computational approaches can also assist in understanding the mutation of the viruses, evolutionary trends, genetic distances and diversity, and geographical distribution. … By utilizing analytics, the results can generate biological hypotheses and may influence the direction of experiments. … [B]e assured that there is a broad and concerted ongoing effort to develop the means to most efficiently target the right and most vulnerable people in society for the right vaccines, while pursuing our larger goal of a universal flu vaccine” (6/25).