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NC One Health Collaborative

The North Carolina One Health Collaborative seeks to promote and improve the health and well-being of all species by enhancing collaboration among physicians, veterinarians, researchers and other local/global health professionals, and by increasing public awareness of the interconnectedness of people, animals and the environment. The North Carolina One Health Collaborative is one of the 20-plus Exchange Groups that are supported statewide by NCBiotech.


Meetings are held monthly at:

North Carolina Biotechnology Center
15 TW Alexander Drive
Research Triangle Park, NC 27709
Meeting begins at 5:30 p.m.

October 10, 2017

Investigating malaria social, biological and environmental complexity through agent-based modeling

Francesco Pizzitutti, PhD

Post-doctoral Fellow at the Duke Global Health Institute


Dr. Francesco Pizzitutti holds a PhD in biophysics from Sapienza Università di Roma in Rome, Italy. He is currently a Research Fellow at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito and a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Duke Global Health Institute. He is an expert in modeling complex system dynamics to better understand how interactions between natural and human environments influence the dynamics of vector-borne diseases transmission. He is leading the development of an Amazon-wide dynamic systems model for predicting malaria outbreaks using an Agent-Based Modeling (ABM) approach. ABMs are computational models in which humans, vectors and pathogens are explicitly represented with their interactions modeled using underlying environmental factors. This allows for the exploration of heterogeneities on the process of disease transmission.


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