Dr Itamar Megiddo

Senior Lecturer

Management Science

Personal statement

I am a Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in 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 involves systems modelling and simulation, including integrating disease and economic models for policy impact evaluation and prioritisation. I am particularly interested in agent-based modelling and hybrid models, which integrate modelling methodologies when this simplifies analyses. I am interested in both non-communicable disease and infectious disease as well as in how systems modelling can contribute to evaluating health system strengthening. I am currently doing work on antimicrobial resistance and vaccine financing among work in other areas. I am also conducting work related to Coivd-19.


I am 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.


Evaluating intervention strategies in controlling COVID-19 spread in care homes : an agent-based model
Nguyen Le Khanh Ngan, Howick Susan, McLafferty Dennis, Anderson Gillian Hopkins, Pravinkumar Josephine, Van Der Meer Robert, Megiddo Itamar
Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology (2020)
Hybrid simulation for modelling healthcare-associated infections : promising but challenging
Nguyen Le Khanh Ngan, Megiddo Itamar, Howick Susan
Clinical Infectious Diseases (2020)
Challenges of infection prevention and control in Scottish long-term care facilities
Nguyen Le K N, Megiddo Itamar, Howick Susan
Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology Vol 41, pp. 943-945 (2020)
Fairer financing of vaccines in a world living with COVID-19
Megiddo Itamar, Nonvignon Justice, Owusu Richmond, Chalkidou Kalipso, Colson Abigail, Gad Mohamed, Klepac Petra, Ruiz Francis, Morton Alec
BMJ Global Health Vol 5 (2020)
Simulation models for transmission of healthcare-associated infection : a systematic review
Nguyen Le Khanh Ngan, Megiddo Itamar, Howick Susan
American Journal of Infection Control Vol 48, pp. 810-821 (2020)
Combining system dynamics and agent-based models to study transmission of healthcare-associated infections in long-term care facilities
Nguyen Le Khanh Ngan, Megiddo Itamar, Howick Susan
22nd UK System Dynamics Chapter Annual Conference (2020)

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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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Analysing the links between fuel poverty, energy efficiency and health in Scottish communities
Mueller, Tanja (Principal Investigator) Calvillo Munoz, Christian (Principal Investigator) Megiddo, Itamar (Co-investigator)
Energy efficiency and the decarbonisation of heat have been identified as key areas to achieve the net zero targets set by the Scottish Government. However, these changes could translate into higher energy prices, putting further economic pressure on households. Also, impacts of fuel poverty are very likely to go beyond the lack of disposable income, potentially affecting health, work productivity, and general wellbeing.
This project aims to investigate links between housing type, energy efficiency ratings, economic status, fuel poverty, and health, with a focus on several diverse areas of Scotland. Generated hypotheses can then be used to inform future policies and as a basis for further research.
01-Jan-2020 - 30-Jan-2021
A Socio-economically-informed Approach to Novel Treatments for TB
Scott, Fraser (Principal Investigator) Megiddo, Itamar (Co-investigator)
SFC GCRF Pump Priming Award
01-Jan-2020 - 30-Jan-2020
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

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