Improving global understanding of the disease burden associated with catastrophic childhood illness and strengthening data for evidence-based decision-making.
The Global Disease Burden and Simulation (DBS) Unit is a multidisciplinary program that aims to provide and strengthen key data on pediatric cancer and catastrophic blood diseases for clinicians, health administrators and health policy stakeholders to enable the best possible decisions. The team includes faculty, staff and global collaborators external to St. Jude with expertise in statistics, decision sciences, cancer survivorship, health economics and epidemiology.
Functioning as the epidemiology and health economics program within St. Jude Global, the DBS Unit emphasizes building collaborative partnerships to synergize global efforts and leverage diverse expertise across relevant multidisciplinary fields.
The program’s projects span various topics, including novel methods development, the innovative application of methods to answer new questions, and direct data collection and analyses to increase equity within existing or planned global health policies. Our research agenda is broad but includes the following:
Many projects undertaken by the DBS team originate within the core program. However, the program also administers key strategic partnerships with global agencies and academic institutions to improve the estimation of childhood cancer burden. Examples include:
Projects encompass diverse subject matters and strategies across these collaborations and within the DBS program, with cross-specialty engagement. The ultimate goal of this work is to generate evidence that allows all stakeholders — including policymakers, health advocates and the public health and global health communities — to improve outcomes for childhood cancer patients worldwide.
Director, Disease Burden and Simulation Program
Director, Sub-Saharan Africa Regional Program
Co-Director, ARIA Program
Associate Member, St. Jude Faculty
Senior Research Scientist, Health Economics
Program Manager, Disease Burden and Simulation Program
Program Manager, ARIA Program
Project Coordinator, Disease Burden and Simulation Program
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