New England Complex Systems Institute

The New England Complex Systems Institute, (NECSI) was founded in 1996 in Cambridge, Massachusetts as an independent research center and educational institution. Students and faculty from MIT, Harvard, Brandeis and other major institutions coordinate research in complex systems with the in-house faculty at NECSI. NESCI is credited with advancing fundamental science and its applications to real life situations including social policy factors. Researchers and Post Doctoral candidates study networks, agent-based modeling, multi-scale analysis and complexity, chaos and predictability, evolution, ecology, biodiversity, health care, military conflict and more. NESCI publishes journals, books and on-line news updates of their research.

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Can ring vaccination stop Ebola in the DRC?

The deployment of an experimental Ebola vaccine in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is an important development in the fight against the disease. If the vaccine proves effective, it will spare many people from sickness ...

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Ebola is back—has the world learned the right lessons?

A new Ebola outbreak has been confirmed in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, with 44 cases reported so far. Previous outbreaks in that country have been confined to remote areas, but today the World Heath Organization ...

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Revisiting Zika-caused microcephaly in Colombia and Brazil

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What is causing microcephaly in Brazil?

The outbreak of the Zika virus has been widely associated with a rise in microcephaly cases in Brazil. While there is some evidence for this connection, the link has not yet been proven with scientific certainty. Alternative ...

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Trapping the Zika virus

The Zika virus spreading through South and Central America was previously considered a mild pathogen, but a possible link to birth defects has elevated the obscure mosquito-borne disease to a public health emergency. Though ...

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A multiscale approach to Ebola response

The Ebola outbreak in western Africa continues to spread uncontrolled, affecting thus far five countries. On September 16th, President Obama spoke at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention headquarters in Atlanta ...