CDC and Kid Risk Win 2014 INFORMS Prize for Polio Eradication Collaboration

The U.S. CDC and Kid Risk, Inc., won the 2014 Franz Edelman Award for work applying operations research and management science to the analysis of polio eradication strategies.

The award, considered the top one in the industry, was announced on March 31, 2014, at the INFORMS (Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences) Conference on Business Analytics and Operations Research in Boston, Massachusetts. SRA Fellow and former SRA president Kimberly Thompson was there for the ceremony. Thompson is president of Kid Risk, as well as Professor of Preventive Medicine and Global Health at the University of Central Florida College of Medicine. Kid Risk vice president Radboud Duintjer Tebbens was also present to receive the award, which was based in part on work published in Risk Analysis.

Thompson noted that the award “highlights the significant role that risk analysts can play in major decisions,” especially if they can provide insights useful to policy makers.

Judges listened to presentations from six finalist teams before announcing their final decision at the INFORMS Gala banquet. The award is named after Franz Edelman, a pioneer in the field who established one of the first operations research groups in North America at RCA.

In addition to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, in partnership with Kid Risk, the other finalists this year were the Alliance for Paired Donation, The Energy Authority (TEA), the Grady Health System in Atlanta, the National Broadcast Network (NBN) of Australia, and Twitter.

The prestigious award carries a $10,000 honorarium for the first place winners. To read details of the work of all six finalists, as well as the work of other 2014 award winners and previous Edelman winners plus details of the 2015 call for nominations, visit the INFORMS site here. For more information on Kid Risk, visit their website here