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Manuela Runge

Postdoctoral Fellow

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Dr Manuela Runge is postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Preventive Medicine at Northwestern University. She received her PhD and MSc in Epidemiology from the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, and her undergraduate degree in Health Sciences at the University of Applied Sciences Hamburg. Dr Runge has spent time living in Tanzania working on a School Malaria Parasitaemia Survey , followed by modelling support to the National Malaria Control Programme. The modelling support included the use of modelling for strategic planning by using country data for district-specific impact predictions of malaria control interventions. Dr Runge participated in several stakeholder meetings for the revision of the national malaria control strategic plan in Tanzania. The close collaboration with the Tanzanian program, and recently interactions with the Illinois Department of Public Health provided Dr Runge with insights into local policy and how modelling outputs can be of value in the decision making process. In her current position, Dr Runge works on developing COVID-19 transmission and disease model in Illinois.

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Research/Topics of Interest

Agent-based models
Apply models to public health
Between-host modeling
Compartmental models
Forecasting
Geospatial models
Public health application of models
Public health policy/interventions
Spatial transmission patterns
Surveillance/case detection
Strategic planning of interventions
Intervention stratification

Pathogens/Diseases of Main Interest/Expertise

COVID-19
Malaria

Countries of Work/Collaboration

United States
Switzerland
Tanzania, United Republic of

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Papers

Holden TM, Richardson RAK, Arevalo P, Duffus WA, Runge M, Whitney E, Wise L, Ezike NO, Patrick S, Cobey S, Gerardin J. (2021). Geographic and demographic heterogeneity of SARS-CoV-2 diagnostic testing in Illinois, USA, March to December 2020. medRxiv : the preprint server for health sciences

Holden TM, Richardson RAK, Arevalo P, Duffus WA, Runge M, Whitney E, Wise L, Ezike NO, Patrick S, Cobey S, Gerardin J. (2021). Geographic and demographic heterogeneity of SARS-CoV-2 diagnostic testing in Illinois, USA, March to December 2020. BMC public health, 21(1)

Ozodiegwu ID, Ambrose M, Battle KE, Bever C, Diallo O, Galatas B, Runge M, Gerardin J. (2021). Beyond national indicators: adapting the Demographic and Health Surveys' sampling strategies and questions to better inform subnational malaria intervention policy. Malaria journal, 20(1)

Runge M, Snow RW, Molteni F, Thawer S, Mohamed A, Mandike R, Giorgi E, Macharia PM, Smith TA, Lengeler C, Pothin E. (2020). Simulating the council-specific impact of anti-malaria interventions: A tool to support malaria strategic planning in Tanzania. PloS one, 15(2)

Thawer SG, Chacky F, Runge M, Reaves E, Mandike R, Lazaro S, Mkude S, Rumisha SF, Kumalija C, Lengeler C, Mohamed A, Pothin E, Snow RW, Molteni F. (2020). Sub-national stratification of malaria risk in mainland Tanzania: a simplified assembly of survey and routine data. Malaria journal, 19(1)

Armstrong E, Runge M, Gerardin J. (2020). Identifying the measurements required to estimate rates of COVID-19 transmission, infection, and detection, using variational data assimilation. Infectious Disease Modelling, (6)

Runge M, Molteni F, Mandike R, Snow RW, Lengeler C, Mohamed A, Pothin E. (2020). Applied mathematical modelling to inform national malaria policies, strategies and operations in Tanzania. Malaria journal, 19(1)

Brunner NC, Chacky F, Mandike R, Mohamed A, Runge M, Thawer SG, Ross A, Vounatsou P, Lengeler C, Molteni F, Hetzel MW. (2019). The potential of pregnant women as a sentinel population for malaria surveillance. Malaria journal, 18(1)

Chacky F, Runge M, Rumisha SF, Machafuko P, Chaki P, Massaga JJ, Mohamed A, Pothin E, Molteni F, Snow RW, Lengeler C, Mandike R. (2018). Nationwide school malaria parasitaemia survey in public primary schools, the United Republic of Tanzania. Malaria journal, 17(1)

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