SOME OF the research areas we have worked on
METRICS: BURDEN OF DISEASE
Burden of disease is the impact of a health condition, as measured by mortality, morbidity, disability or financial cost indicators. We have conducted a number of investigations on the burden of infectious (eg. respiratory, enteric, vector-borne) and non-communicable diseases.
emergency and preparedness research
We have conducted research to strengthen emergency response systems. Previous work include assessments of guidelines and intervention practices for the control of pandemics and the elaboration of recommendations to optimize the effectiveness of mobile phones as aid devices.
EVOLUTIONARY & ANIMAL RESEARCH
We have also developed a number of studies in evolutionary biology, including theoretical work questioning inclusive fitness theory for the evolution of biological altruism, a pioneer study on the role of environmental variability on the evolution of advanced cognition, and a new hypothesis on the evolution of aposematic colors.
effectiveness of interventions
We have been involved in projects on the impact of public health interventions, including the effectiveness of the pneumococcal vaccines to reduce pneumonia mortality in low- and middle income countries and the timing and composition of seasonal influenza immunization in tropical regions.
While investigating major global disease challenges we also delved into the past to look for patterns and clues to present disease threats. By doing so, we have contributed to the understanding of past pandemics and of the importance of specific policies in public health.