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Professor Bruce Lee creates simulation cities to test the effects of different policies on the health of the people who live there.
Virtual population obesity prevention, or VPOP, involves mathematical modelling of complex systems to improve public health. By visualising and mapping food sources and physical activity locations, he can use computational agents – virtual people – to test the effects of a policy in different situations, or watch it unfold over time. This iterative approach to systems modeling demonstrates the importance of network approaches to complex health problems such as obesity, by showing how the same policy would have different impacts in different cities.
Professor Bruce Y. Lee is Associate Professor of International Health, Johns Hopkins
Bloomberg School of Public Health and Executive Director of the Global Obesity Prevention Center at John Hopkins University.
This talk was given as part of the the Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Symposium: Behaviour change to improve health for all
This symposium was co-hosted by the US National Academy of Medicine and the UK Academy of Medical Sciences.
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