Who We Are
The TB Modeling Group is an informal group from all academic levels and locations that exists to help its members learn more about TB modeling. Anybody with an interest in TB and modeling is welcome to join. We meet on Friday every two weeks between September and April, and once a month from May to August. The meetings are held at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, where faculty and students are welcome to join in person; others can dial into a teleconference line and participate remotely.
"Horizontal" structure -- Input is welcome from everyone; the idea is to create a forum for fresh ideas, without the feeling that a senior investigator is "running the show". This could serve as a means of networking people from different institutions, again creating a more horizontal structure and developing the groundwork for inter-institutional collaboration.
Informality -- This group will work somewhat in parallel to the weekly JHSPH TB Center meetings. Whereas those provide more of a formal chance for people to give PPT-based seminars, our meetings will provide chances for people to give more informal talks about the work they're doing. Some of our meetings will be structured around questions of interest or potential future work, not specific projects that people are already working on. We want to spend our time thinking big ideas and learning from each other, not putting together formal presentations. Similarly, people can come and go as they please; we're hoping to get enough people involved that the meetings will be useful even if only 25% of people show up at a given time.
Modeling focus -- The clear methods focus is on modeling of TB, but this can include transmission modeling, economic modeling, statistical modeling, decision modeling, etc. The idea is to live at the nexus of all of these methods, see how each can feed off the others.