Dr Itamar Megiddo

Strathclyde Chancellor's Fellow

Management Science

Personal statement

I am a Chancellor's Fellow at the Department of Management Science. My research is interdisciplinary and focuses on modelling to improve decision-making in healthcare policy, utilizing tools and methodologies from mathematical epidemiology, economics, and computer science, among other areas.

My main body of work integrates disease and economic models for policy impact evaluation, and I have developed infectious and non-communicable disease models, including a pneumococcal disease model for the Global Antibiotic Resistance Partnership (GARP) and agent-based models (ABMs) integrating population, healthcare, economic, and disease dynamics for the Disease Control Priorities (DPC-3) project. In addition to continuing my work on the economics of healthcare interventions in low- and middle-income countries, I have done work on valuation of antibiotics for DRIVE-AB, an Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI) funded project investigating mechanisms to encourage research and development of new antibiotics and to promote their global access and sustainable use. My other research interests include using game-theoretic models to study the impact of behaviour by individuals and actors facing healthcare decisions.

I am also affiliated with the Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics, and Policy in Washington, DC, where I am a Fellow. I have a PhD in Management Science, focusing on modelling for healthcare policy, from the University of Strathclyde and an MA in economics and BA honours economics from McGill University, in Montreal.


Simulation models for transmission of healthcare-associated infection : a systematic review
Nguyen Le Khanh Ngan, Megiddo Itamar, Howick Susan
American Journal of Infection Control (2019)
How much should we invest in antibiotics? Investigating their option value
Megiddo Itamar
INFORMS Healthcare 2019 (2019)
Quantifying uncertainty about future antimicrobial resistance : comparing structured expert judgment and statistical forecasting methods
Colson Abigail R, Megiddo Itamar, Alvarez-Uria Gerardo, Gandra Sumanth, Bedford Tim, Morton Alec, Cooke Roger M, Laxminarayan Ramanan
PLOS One Vol 14, pp. e0219190 (2019)
Water, sanitation and hygiene interventions to reduce healthcare-associated infections among mothers and neonates in low- and middle-income countries
Klein Eili, Megiddo Itamar, Tseng Katie, Galato Oliver, Laxminarayan Ramanan
The annual spring conference for The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) (2019)
Investing in antibiotics to alleviate future catastrophic outcomes : what is the value of having an effective antibiotic to mitigate pandemic influenza?
Megiddo Itamar, Drabik Dusan, Bedford Tim, Morton Alexander David, Wesseler Justus, Laxminarayan Ramanan
Health Economics Vol 28, pp. 556-571 (2019)
Agent-based modelling for health economic evaluations and healthcare policy decisions
Megiddo Itamar
Fifth AfHEA Biennial Scientific Conference (2019)

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Professional activities

IMA Festival of Mathematics and its Applications
What is the value of a novel antibiotic? Models of withholding use.
The option value of antibiotics
The option vlaue of antibiotics (in the context of market pull-mechanisms)
Low Carbon Energy for Development Network/University of Strathclyde Conference on Access and Waste: The Two Sides of the Low Carbon Coin
Strathclyde - University of Ghana Workshop

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Assessment of cardiovascular diseases risk profile and management in HIV-infected patients in Kenya: A local situation analysis to inform future development of quality improvement interventions
Kurdi, Amanj (Principal Investigator) ACHIENG, Loice (Principal Investigator) Bennie, Marion (Co-investigator) Godman, Brian (Co-investigator) Kavanagh, Kimberley (Co-investigator) Megiddo, Itamar (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2019 - 31-Jan-2020
STRAthclyde Diversity in Data LinkagE (STRADDLE) Doctoral Training Centre
Barry, Sarah (Co-investigator) Kavanagh, Kimberley (Co-investigator) Megiddo, Itamar (Co-investigator) Murray, Paul (Co-investigator) Rattray, Nicholas (Co-investigator)
The focus of the STRAthclyde Diversity in Data LinkagE (STRADDLE) DTC is to develop a centre of excellence in the linkage and analysis of data across disciplines. With an initial focus on health and healthcare delivery, STRADDLE will deliver linkage and innovative analysis of data from the molecular to population level, to achieve new insights and to maximize the value of health research data. There are 3 fully funded, 3.5 year PhD studentships are available to highly motivated UK and EU students. Successful applicants will be trained as the next generation of data scientists and develop skills and know how to deliver on the integration of diverse clinical data types – from molecules to man to populations.
01-Jan-2019 - 31-Jan-2023
Extension: Mathematical Modelling of a Novel Autodissemination Trap.
Greenhalgh, David (Principal Investigator) Megiddo, Itamar (Co-investigator)
£10,343 extension to our Scottish Funding Council (SFC) Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) Escalator Fund. Three extra months RA effort.
01-Jan-2019 - 31-Jan-2019
Operationalising Universal Health Coverage for Non-Communicable Diseases in Ghana
Megiddo, Itamar (Principal Investigator) Colson, Abigail (Co-investigator) van der Meer, Robert (Co-investigator) Kurdi, Amanj (Co-investigator) Morton, Alec (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2018 - 01-Jan-2019
Mathematical Modelling of a Novel Autodissemination Mosquito Trap
Greenhalgh, David (Principal Investigator) Megiddo, Itamar (Co-investigator) Liang, Yanfeng (Researcher) Wells, Jonathan (Researcher) Massad, Eduardo (Research Co-investigator) Lee, H. (Research Co-investigator) Nazni, Wasi Ahmad (Research Co-investigator) Teoh, Guat-ney (Research Co-investigator) Ahmad Mohiddin, M. N. (Research Co-investigator) Hidayatul, Fathi Othman (Research Co-investigator) Bahauddin, R. (Research Co-investigator)
£49,988 award for an internally allocated 2018 Scottish Funding Council (SFC) Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) Escalator Fund with Dr. I. Megiddo, Management Science. Awarded June 2018. DG PI 80% share. Funding for two RAs for 10 months in total, plus staff time plus conference travel. Finance Office Budget Code SFC 1204-125.
01-Jan-2018 - 31-Jan-2019
Responsive Operational Research Facility (Full Stage)
Colson, Abigail (Principal Investigator) Morton, Alec (Principal Investigator) Megiddo, Itamar (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2018 - 31-Jan-2021

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