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Scowcroft Infectious Disease Information Platform

The Scowcroft Infectious Disease Information Platform, or SIDIP, is an online environment aimed at increasing understanding and recognition of the issues and challenges surrounding infectious disease, particularly those with pandemic potential. SIDIP is an extension of the Scowcroft Institute of International Affairs, a research institution housed in The Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University.

SIDIP was created to bring together scientists, policy-makers, pandemic response personnel, and policy experts in a way that allows them to address pandemic challenges in a collaborative manner. One major role of SIDIP is to collect, analyze, and disseminate current research and applied work across sectors and disciplines related to global health. The primary mission is to provide analysis and knowledge that makes collaboration across sectors substantially easier. To accomplish this, a team consisting of established science, policy, law, and business experts from academia, government, the private sector, nonprofits, and research institutes will create summaries of cutting-edge research and new policy directions. These summaries provide a holistic image of the current state of many topic areas within global health.

Another purpose of SIDIP is to create original content, including expert commentary, research papers, and white papers on global health topics. This content is intended to inform and support decision-makers in the realm of global health. All content on the platform undergoes a strict review process to ensure that all articles and commentary are current and evidence-based.

The goal of SIDIP is to further the conversation around infectious disease and help researchers, government officials, and members of the public understand the threats we face as an international community. This site also aims to provide information and encourage innovative thinking around preparing for and responding diseases with pandemic potential.

If you are interested in receiving information from SIDIP or if you are interested in contributing to SIDIP, please let us know via email:

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Located in the heart of the Houston-Dallas-Austin triangle and within a two-hour drive of 26 million of the state's 28 million residents, Texas A&M University's main campus in College Station is home to more than 64,000 students. Another 5,200 are at the branch campuses in Galveston and Qatar, the School of Law in Fort Worth, Higher Education Center at McAllen, and Health Science Center in Bryan.

With more than 125 undergraduate degree programs, 200 master's degree programs, 100 doctoral degree programs, and 5 first professional degrees as options for study, Texas A&M is full of possibilities.

The Bush School of Government and Public Service, established in 1997 as a living legacy of President George H.W. Bush, is a continuation of Texas A&M's excellency in scholarship and research. The Bush School offers four master's degree programs and multiple certifications in public administration and international affairs. It is also home to multiple policy centers ad research institutions, including the Scowcroft Institute of International Affairs.

Texas A&M looks to lead by example in everything we do. Our aim is to set the standard as the world-class university of the future by combining knowledge, research, and innovation to create solutions that few institutions have the depth and breadth to achieve.