Wilbert Van Panhuis

Wilbert Van Panhuis, MD PhD, is an assistant professor of Epidemiology and Biomedical Informatics at the University of Pittsburgh and faculty of the Public Health Dynamics Laboratory at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health. Dr. Van Panhuis received his MD from the Vrije Universiteit Medical Center in Amsterdam and his PhD in Epidemiology from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. Van Panhuis leads a research program in population health informatics and computational epidemiology aiming to improve access and use of global health data for research and policy. Dr. Van Panhuis is a principal investigator of Project Tycho (www.tycho.pitt.edu), a repository for global health data that specializes in disease surveillance data. Project Tycho has over 3000 registered users from 90 countries. Dr. Van Panhuis and collaborators have used historical disease surveillance data to study the impact of childhood vaccination programs in the US and the epidemiological dynamics of dengue fever in an eight-country region in Southeast Asia. Currently, Dr. Van Panhuis and his team are funded by the US NIH Big Data to Knowledge program and others to improve FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable) compliance of global health data and of computational models of infectious diseases.