From 1993 to 1996, the University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine held a series of three workshops to develop mathematical models that could forecast the spread of tuberculosis.
The project was part of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's (RWJF) national program Old Disease, New Challenge: Tuberculosis in the 1990s.
The meetings were attended by more than 50 mathematicians, epidemiologists, clinicians, scientists, biostatisticians, policy analysts, and economists from around the world.
The purpose of the first meeting was to share information about the tuberculosis epidemic with a group of mathematical modelers who had been contracted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to work on the TB epidemic.
At the second and third meetings, the modelers presented their preliminary results and the tuberculosis experts offered feedback regarding their assumptions and provided information on new developments in the epidemic.