CAMRA (Center for Advancing Microbial Risk Assessment) is a consortium of international scientists, researchers and students who are interested in risk assessment for microbial agents and control of infectious diseases. The vision of CAMRA is to be the global international collaborative for QMRA. The mission of CAMRA is to provide a network that can link to critical data for running a QMRA, educational opportunities for QMRA and QMRA case studies.

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Quantitative Microbial Risk Assessment Interdisciplinary Instructional Institute

August 1-12, 2015 Michigan State University

Funded by National Institutes of Health

The Quantitative Microbial Risk Assessment Interdisciplinary Instructional Institute (QMRA III) will be held at Michigan State University. Participants will learn how to use scientific data and computer programs toward building a risk assessment for assuring safety and health goals. QMRA III is designed for advanced graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and early-career professionals. Participants will gain hands-on experience with risk assessment software and work on real-world case studies.

QMRA III is a 10 day workshop, where participants will (1) attend lectures from the top scientists in the QMRA field; (2) engage in specific hands-on exercises; (3) under the mentorship of a program faculty member and teaching assistant, conduct a QMRA as a research case study within a multidisciplinary team; and (4) use and contribute to the QMRAwiki ( We assume no prior computational experience on the part of the participants. Therefore, we will include tutorials in computer models and applications for risk assessment.

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Program contacts:

Dr. Jade Mitchell or Dr. Mark Weir

International Perspectives on Quantitative Microbial Risk Assessment

March 23-27, 2015 IIPH, Hyderabad, India


June 7-12, 2015 Drexel University, Philadelphia, USA

Funded by Obama-Singh Initiative

This workshop will be jointly taught by Drexel faculty and visiting faculty from the Indian Institute of Technology at Delhi, the Indian Institute of Public Health, and India’s National Environmental Engineering Research Institute. Participants will learn the tools and skills to quantitatively assess microbial risks to human health associated with global water, air, and food quality challenges. Participants will gain hands-on experience with risk assessment software and work on real-world case studies. The workshop will be simultaneously offered at Drexel and at IIT Delhi, enabling participants to engage with their peers in India.

Program Contacts:

Questions or requests for application and travel support,

For March course in India: Dr. Arun Kumar at

For June course in USA: Dr. Patrick Gurian at pgurian@drexel.eduM

New QMRAwiki!

CAMRA is developing a central repository in a wiki format, to make quantitative microbial risk assessment information available and accessible to the public. The wiki will provide a reliable source of information on microbiological hazards with data, information, and new developments included in the content.  In the future the site will become more interactive and feature a strong tutorial for users to learn QMRA. This site is a valuable source of information for those new to the field of QMRA or for teachers who are looking for new material. The wiki will contribute to building a network of individuals knowledgeable in the field of quantitative microbial risk assessment. The new QMRAwiki is up, and can be accessed here.