Research

  • Synopses of select current and past projects on infectious disease system dynamics and public health systems research are presented below. Please see here for all publications.

Ongoing projects

  • Vaccine impact modeling
    • The objective is to estimate the epidemiological and economic impact of vaccination programs.
  • Social pathways of epidemics
    • The research hypothesis is that individual behaviour, disease dynamics and interventions coevolve across multiple scales to create statistically and epidemiologically significant differences in the efficacy and social equity of public health policies such as infectious disease control strategies.

Completed projects

  • Economic evaluation of expedited partner therapy program
    • The objective is to estimate the cost-effectiveness of expedited partner therapy program compared to standard partner referral for the treatment and control of chlamydia and gonorrhea in Virginia.
  • Economic evaluation of fungal meningitis outbreak
    • The objective is to evaluate the effectiveness and cost of the fungal meningitis outbreak response in New River Valley of Virginia during 2012-2013, from the local public health department and clinical perspectives.
      • Dorratoltaj N, O’Dell ML, Bordwine P, Kerkering TM, Redican KJ, Abbas KM. Epidemiological effectiveness and cost of a fungal meningitis outbreak response in New River Valley: Local health department and clinical perspectivesDisaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness, 2017. DOI: 10.1017/dmp.2017.32  https://sites.google.com/site/kajaabbas2/documents/paper/Fungal_Meningitis_EconEval_LHD_Clinical.PDF?attredirects=0
      • Abbas KM, Dorratoltaj N, O’Dell ML, Bordwine P, Kerkering TM, Redican KJ. Economic evaluation of a fungal meningitis outbreak response in New River Valley: Local health department perspectiveFrontiers in Public Health Services and Systems Research, vol. 4, no. 4, 2015. DOI: 10.13023/FPHSSR.0404.04 https://sites.google.com/site/kajaabbas2/documents/paper/Economic_Evaluation_of_Fungal_Meningitis_Outbreak_in_New_River_Valley-Local_Health_Department_Perspective.pdf?attredirects=0
  • BCG vaccine impact on household contacts
    • The objective is to estimate the effect of the BCG vaccine on latent tuberculosis infection and tuberculosis disease among household contacts in India.
      • Adinarayanan S, Culp RK, Subramani R, Abbas KM, Radhakrishna S, Swaminathan S. Role of Bacille Calmette-Guérin in preventing tuberculous infection. International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, vol. 21, no. 4, pp. 420-424, 2017. DOI: 10.5588/ijtld.16.0833  https://sites.google.com/site/kajaabbas2/documents/paper/Role_of_bacille_Calmette_Guerin_in_preventing_tuberculous_infection.pdf?attredirects=0
  • Epidemiological modeling of bovine brucellosis
    • The objective is to model brucellosis transmission dynamics among cattle in India and to estimate the impact of different prevention and control strategies.
      • Kang GJ, Gunaseelan L, Abbas KM. Epidemiological modeling of bovine brucellosis in India. Proceedings of the 2014 IEEE International Conference on Big Data, IEEE BigData 2014, pp. 6-10, Washington, DC, October, 2014. DOI: 10.1109/BigData.2014.7004420 https://sites.google.com/site/kajaabbas/documents/paper/Epidemiological_Modeling_of_Bovine_Brucellosis_in_India.pdf?attredirects=0