Michigan Public Health Hosts CISNET Meeting

CISNET meetingThe University of Michigan School of Public Health hosted the Cancer Initiative and Surveillance Modeling Network (CISNET) consortium’s midyear meeting May 14 to 18, drawing about 100 visitors from top institutions across North America and Europe. 

The CISNET consortium meets twice annually to review progress, present ongoing work and plan next steps.

“We follow a comparative modeling approach, where three to six independent simulation models are used to answer important cancer prevention and control questions,” says Rafael Meza, associate professor of epidemiology at Michigan Public Health and the coordinating principal investigator for CISNET’s lung cancer research group. “The meetings are a great opportunity to compare results, discuss differences and similarities between the models and results, and coordinate our work.”

This is the second time that Michigan Public Health has hosted a CISNET meeting.

“Over the past 15 to 20 years, CISNET’s work has been instrumental in assessing the impact of cancer prevention and control policies in the US,” Meza says. “Moreover, CISNET’s comparative modeling approach has become the standard of use of decision modeling to help guide clinical and public policy health interventions.”

“The School of Public Health—and the University of Michigan in general—has historically been a leader in the use of modeling in public health. From the landmark tobacco control work by David Mendez and Ken Warner, our historical strengths in complex systems modeling and infectious disease dynamic models to our current work with CISNET, Michigan Public Health embodies all that CISNET is about and I can’t think of a better setting for this meeting.”