outbreak science
A nonprofit to advance the science of outbreak response
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Recent epidemics of H1N1 influenza, Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS), chikungunya, Ebola, and Zika, highlight the global importance of infectious disease outbreaks. The scale, speed, and diversity of these epidemics demand an equally scalable, rapid, and agile scientific response to prevent and control their impact. Outbreak Science, a nonprofit founded in 2016, aims to support open data, open access, and open science in the context of epidemic responses.


Outbreak Science supports the early and open distribution of scientific data, code, and results via preprints: Preprints: An underutilized mechanism to accelerate outbreak science.

Preprint alerts

Outbreak Science maintains the Twitter feed @outbreaksci to disseminate information on new preprint manuscripts and ProMED posts related infectious disease outbreaks.

Rapid Reviews

Outbreak Science is working with PREreview to develop a new tool for rapid evaluation of preprints related to outbreaks.

Open Outbreak Data

Outbreak Science is working to establish standardized, open access, machine-readable repositories of outbreak data.


New Outbreak Science projects will be anounced on our blog.


Michael Johansson

Michael Johansson

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention*

Nicholas Reich

Nicholas Reich

University of Massachusettes Amherst

Lauren Meyers

Lauren Meyers

University of Texas at Austin

Marc Lipstich

Marc Lipstich

Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health

*Michael Johansson is serving in his personal capacity. The views expressed are his own and do not necessarily represent the views of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the United States Government.