"SMART vaccine software - Strategic Multi-Attribute Ranking Tool for Vaccines" by Prof Charles Phelps & Dr Guru Madhavan

Past Event

21 January 2015, 12:00pm - 1:00pm


This seminar is hosted by the Oxford Martin Programme on Vaccines and The Jenner Institute


  • Prof Charles Phelps, University of Rochester
  • Dr Guru Madhavan, Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Science

Summary: The US Institute of Medicine in collaboration with the National Academy of Engineering has developed SMART Vaccines - a decision support software system that offers the promise of enhancing decision making about the priorities for developing new vaccines and deploying existing vaccines. The software can also be used to help specify desirable vaccine characteristics, and potentially applied in comparing and prioritising among a wider array of public health interventions for policy planning.

With a major innovation, SMART Vaccines allows users to specify their own weights on attributes considered important in ranking vaccines, unlike previous ranking tools that imposed a single ranking criterion like life years saved or cost-effectiveness associated with the vaccine. SMART Vaccines includes a broader range of vaccine attributes from which users can choose for ranking their vaccine development priorities.

This talk will present the analytical framework underpinning SMART Vaccines, and interactively demonstrate the software tool using decision scenarios, and explore how research institutions can actively engage in the future enhancements of the software and data warehouse.

Venue: Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics, Room A, Old Road Campus, Oxford