EPI-BRAIN is an innovative global platform that allows experts in data and public health to analyze large datasets for emergency preparedness and response.

Harnessing big data and AI

EPI-BRAIN will harness big data and artificial intelligence to mitigate the impact of epidemics

EPI-BRAIN will allow stakeholders to merge public health data with data on the myriad complex factors that drive epidemics, including human and animal population movement, animal diseases, environmental and meteorological factors. Using advances in language processing and machine learning, EPI-BRAIN will provide a more comprehensive analysis that helps predict outbreaks and their spread.

Consultations and stakeholder engagements

Consultations and stakeholder engagements are underway and will continue throughout the rest of 2019

The first EPI-BRAIN consultation, at the Hotel Intercontinental Geneva, was attended by a large, diverse and prestigious group of partners, ranging from member states, academia, private sector and philanthropic institutions. Participants were involved in breakout discussions that aimed to seek feedback on the core elements of EPI-BRAIN. Subsequent consultations were held at the Annual meeting of champions, China on 1 – 3 July 2019 and Boston Children’s Hospital on 30 July.

Similar consultations and stakeholder engagements have been planned for the rest of 2019:

  • the World Economic Forum on Africa, South Africa 4 – 6 September;
  • Sustainable Development Impact Summit, New York 23 – 24 September
  • World Summit AI, Amsterdam 9 – 10 October.

EPI-BRAIN will help scientists and policy makers leverage big data and AI to make timely decisions and save lives.

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, WHO

Improving response to outbreaks

EPI-BRAIN will strengthen preparation for and response to outbreaks

Epidemics such as SARS (2003), pandemic influenza (2009), Ebola (2014), plague (2017) continue to threaten global health despite medical advances. Highly mobile populations and urbanization lead to disease outbreaks that can spread farther and faster, crossing international borders and impacting lives, economies, trade and travel.

EPI-BRAIN will enable forecasting and early detection of infectious threats and their potential impact. It will enhance the development of scenarios and simulation exercises and the sharing of insights to improve coordinated decision-making and response.


Fostering a collaborative data community

EPI-BRAIN will foster a collaborative data science and analytics community

EPI-BRAIN will optimize access to data and innovative technologies for global stakeholders engaged in epidemic preparedness and response. EPI-BRAIN is an opportunity to strengthen public-private data sharing by aggregating and sharing insights based on diverse data sets from multiple sources.