Profile: Eili Klein

Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins

I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Johns Hopkins University. I am also a fellow at the Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics & Policy in Washington, DC. My research focuses on the role of individuals in the spread of infectious diseases, which sits at the nexus of economics, epidemiology and public policy, and is premised on the idea of incorporating incentives for healthy behavior and their attendant behavioral responses into an epidemiological context to better understand how diseases are transmitted. The vast majority of my research has been on the emergence and spread of antimicrobial drug resistance, focusing in particular on antibiotics and anti-malarial drugs. My research is about evenly split between developing an understanding for the factors that drive resistance through epidemiological studies using large national databases of hospitalization and antibiotic use, and developing an understanding of the underlying ecology and epidemiology (and how this is impacted by human behavior) using models.

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More Doctors = More Competition & Antibiotics

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, two million people become infected with antibiotic resistant bacteria each year, leading to at least 23,000 deaths. And these infections cost a lot – US$20billion in extra health care costs each year. To combat the problem, the White House is requesting $1.2 billion in the 2016 budget for diagnostics, new antibiotics, outbreak surveillance – and stewardship, which is how antibiotics are prescribed and used.

Category: Health

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