Michael L. Jackson’s research focuses on understanding how infectious diseases spread, and on designing and evaluating interventions such as vaccination programs. Dr. Jackson is the Group Health Research Institute (GHRI) principal investigator for the United States Influenza Vaccine Effectiveness Network. This Network aims to provide ongoing evaluations of the U.S. influenza vaccination program. Dr. Jackson uses data from this Network to study influenza vaccine effectiveness, to estimate the burden of disease caused by influenza, and to advance the methodology of vaccine effectiveness studies. He also uses mathematical models to predict the impact of vaccination programs on the spread of infectious diseases such as Haemophilus influenza type b (Hib) and Neisseria meningitidis.
Dr. Jackson is a co-investigator on the Vaccine Safety Datalink (VSD) Project. The VSD, a collaboration among nine U.S. managed care organizations and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is the world’s premier system for post-licensure studies of vaccine safety. As a VSD co-investigator, Dr. Jackson leads studies of the safety of childhood immunizations and develops methods for using managed care data for vaccine safety studies.
While studying for his PhD at the University of Washington, Dr. Jackson was a graduate research associate with GHRI from 2002 to 2007, and then a postdoctoral fellow at GHRI from 2007 to 2008. He then spent two years as an Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) officer with the CDC in Atlanta. As an EIS officer, Dr. Jackson helped lead investigations of whooping cough outbreaks and of the 2009 influenza pandemic. He also designed and oversaw an enhanced surveillance system for invasive Hib disease in the U.S. during the 2008–2009 shortage of Hib vaccines. He returned to GHRI as an assistant investigator in 2010.
Disease burden, risk factors, transmission dynamics, surveillance and response
Rates of adverse events, safety of new vaccines
Methodology, removing bias in effectiveness estimates
Kharbanda EO, Vazquez-Benitez G, Romitti PA, Naleway AL, Cheetham TC, Lipkind HS, Sivanandam S, Klein NP, Lee GM, Jackson ML, Hambidge SJ, Olsen A, McCarthy N, DeStefano F, Nordin JD. Identifying birth defects in automated data sources in the Vaccine Safety Datalink. Pharmacoepidemiol Drug Saf. 2017 Jan 4. doi: 10.1002/pds.4153. [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed
Ferdinands JM, Fry AM, Reynolds S, Petrie J, Flannery B, Jackson ML, Belongia EA. Intraseason waning of influenza vaccine protection: evidence from the US Influenza Vaccine Effectiveness Network, 2011-12 through 2014-15. Clin Infect Dis. 2016 Dec 29. pii: ciw816. doi: 10.1093/cid/ciw816. [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed
Zimmerman RK, Nowalk MP, Chung J, Jackson ML, Jackson LA, Petrie JG, Monto AS, McLean HQ, Belongia EA, Gaglani M, Murthy K, Fry AM, Flannery B. 2014-2015 influenza vaccine effectiveness in the United States by vaccine type. Clin Infect Dis. 2016 Dec 15;63(12):1564-1573. Epub 2016 Oct 4. PubMed
Hutcheon JA, Fell DB, Jackson ML, Kramer MS, Ortiz JR, Savitz DA, Platt RW. Hutcheon et al. respond to "maternal influenza immunization and birth outcomes". Am J Epidemiol. 2016 Oct 26. [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed
A GHRI pilot study shows that a self-swab test may help individual patients and whole populations.
KPLU, January 15, 2015