Modeling Conference 2017: Modeling the Opioid Epidemic

Insights and Potential Solutions from Computational Science

On October 2, 2017, the Biomedical Modeling Core of the Clinical and Translational Science Institute and the Public Health Dynamics Laboratory in the Graduate School of Public Health, University of Pittsburgh hosted a one-day, national workshop focused on computational modeling and the opioid epidemic. Experts in computational modeling, substance abuse, and addiction discussed their research and best practices in response to the national opioid crisis. Two plenary speakers, Carlos Blanco (Director, Division of Epidemiology, Services, and Prevention, NIDA) and Sarah Bacon (Behavioral Scientist, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, CDC), presented, and three additional workshops featured speakers and panel-led discussions on the modeling efforts at the scales of biological, human, and population health.