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Theodore H Cohen, M.D.

TitleAssociate Professor in the Department of Epidemiology
InstitutionHarvard School of Public Health
DepartmentEpidemiology
AddressHarvard School of Public Health
Kresge Bldg - 801
677 Huntington Ave
Boston MA 02115
Phone617/432-1178
Other Positions
TitleAssociate Professor of Medicine
InstitutionBrigham and Women's Hospital
DepartmentMedicine
DivisionSocial Medicine


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  1. Field N, Cohen T, Struelens MJ, Palm D, Cookson B, Glynn JR, Gallo V, Ramsay M, Sonnenberg P, Maccannell D, Charlett A, Egger M, Green J, Vineis P, Abubakar I. Strengthening the Reporting of Molecular Epidemiology for Infectious Diseases (STROME-ID): an extension of the STROBE statement. Lancet Infect Dis. 2014 Mar 13.
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  2. Bantubani N, Kabera G, Connolly C, Rustomjee R, Reddy T, Cohen T, Pym AS. High Rates of Potentially Infectious Tuberculosis and Multidrug-Resistant Tuberculosis (MDR-TB) among Hospital Inpatients in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa Indicate Risk of Nosocomial Transmission. PLoS One. 2014; 9(3):e90868.
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  3. Zelner JL, Murray MB, Becerra MC, Galea J, Lecca L, Calderon R, Yataco R, Contreras C, Zhang Z, Grenfell BT, Cohen T. Bacillus Calmette-Guérin and isoniazid preventive therapy protect contacts of tuberculosis patients. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2014 Mar 4.
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  4. Jenkins HE, Crudu V, Soltan V, Ciobanu A, Domente L, Cohen T. High risk and rapid appearance of multidrug resistance during tuberculosis treatment in Moldova. Eur Respir J. 2014 Feb 20.
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  5. Hu Y, Xiong C, Zhang Z, Luo C, Cohen T, Gao J, Zhang L, Jiang Q. Changing patterns of spatial clustering of schistosomiasis in Southwest China between 1999-2001 and 2007-2008: assessing progress toward eradication after the World Bank Loan Project. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2014 Jan; 11(1):701-12.
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  6. Pretorius C, Menzies NA, Chindelevitch L, Cohen T, Cori A, Eaton JW, Fraser C, Gopalappa C, Hallett TB, Salomon JA, Stover J, White RG, Dodd PJ. The potential effects of changing HIV treatment policy on tuberculosis outcomes in South Africa: results from three tuberculosis-HIV transmission models. AIDS. 2014 Jan; 28 Suppl 1:S25-34.
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  7. Huang CC, Tchetgen ET, Becerra MC, Cohen T, Hughes KC, Zhang Z, Calderon R, Yataco R, Contreras C, Galea J, Lecca L, Murray M. The Effect of HIV-Related Immunosuppression on the Risk of Tuberculosis Transmission to Household Contacts. Clin Infect Dis. 2014 Mar; 58(6):765-74.
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  8. Anderson L, Tamne S, Watson J, Cohen T, Mitnick C, Brown T, Drobniewski F, Abubakar I. Treatment outcome of multi-drug resistant tuberculosis in the United Kingdom: retrospective-prospective cohort study from 2004 to 2007. Euro Surveill. 2013; 18(40).
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  9. Mills HL, Cohen T, Colijn C. Response to comment on "Community-wide isoniazid preventive therapy drives drug-resistant tuberculosis: a model-based analysis". Sci Transl Med. 2013 Sep 25; 5(204):204lr4.
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  10. Stagg HR, Cohen T, Becerra MC, Anderson LF, Abubakar I. A tale of two settings: the role of the Beijing genotype in the epidemiology of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis. Eur Respir J. 2014 Feb; 43(2):632-5.
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  11. Dowdy DW, Dye C, Cohen T. Data needs for evidence-based decisions: a tuberculosis modeler's 'wish list'. Int J Tuberc Lung Dis. 2013 Jul; 17(7):866-77.
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  12. Robinson K, Fyson N, Cohen T, Fraser C, Colijn C. How the dynamics and structure of sexual contact networks shape pathogen phylogenies. PLoS Comput Biol. 2013; 9(6):e1003105.
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  13. Ford CB, Shah RR, Maeda MK, Gagneux S, Murray MB, Cohen T, Johnston JC, Gardy J, Lipsitch M, Fortune SM. Mycobacterium tuberculosis mutation rate estimates from different lineages predict substantial differences in the emergence of drug-resistant tuberculosis. Nat Genet. 2013 Jun 9; 45(7):784-90.
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  14. Yaesoubi R, Cohen T. Identifying dynamic tuberculosis case-finding policies for HIV/TB coepidemics. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2013 Jun 4; 110(23):9457-62.
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  15. Yuen CM, Tolman AW, Cohen T, Parr JB, Keshavjee S, Becerra MC. Isoniazid-resistant Tuberculosis in Children: A Systematic Review. Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2013 May; 32(5):e217-26.
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  16. Mills HL, Cohen T, Colijn C. Community-wide isoniazid preventive therapy drives drug-resistant tuberculosis: a model-based analysis. Sci Transl Med. 2013 Apr 10; 5(180):180ra49.
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  17. Mitnick CD, Keravec J, Cohen T. Planning for the invisible: projecting resources needed to identify and treat all patients with MDR-TB [Editorial]. Int J Tuberc Lung Dis. 2013 Apr; 17(4):427-8.
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  18. Izu A, Cohen T, Degruttola V. Bayesian estimation of mixture models with prespecified elements to compare drug resistance in treatment-naïve and experienced tuberculosis cases. PLoS Comput Biol. 2013 Mar; 9(3):e1002973.
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  19. Jenkins HE, Ciobanu A, Plesca V, Crudu V, Galusca I, Soltan V, Cohen T. Risk factors and timing of default from treatment for non-multidrug-resistant tuberculosis in Moldova. Int J Tuberc Lung Dis. 2013 Mar; 17(3):373-80.
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  20. Menzies NA, Cohen T, Lin HH, Murray M, Salomon JA. Population Health Impact and Cost-Effectiveness of Tuberculosis Diagnosis with Xpert MTB/RIF: A Dynamic Simulation and Economic Evaluation. PLoS Med. 2012 Nov; 9(11):e1001347.
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  21. Jenkins HE, Plesca V, Ciobanu A, Crudu V, Galusca I, Soltan V, Serbulenco A, Zignol M, Dadu A, Dara M, Cohen T. Assessing spatial heterogeneity of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis in a high-burden country. Eur Respir J. 2013 Nov; 42(5):1291-301.
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  22. Cohen T, van Helden PD, Wilson D, Colijn C, McLaughlin MM, Abubakar I, Warren RM. Mixed-strain mycobacterium tuberculosis infections and the implications for tuberculosis treatment and control. Clin Microbiol Rev. 2012 Oct; 25(4):708-19.
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  23. Lin HH, Dowdy D, Dye C, Murray M, Cohen T. The impact of new tuberculosis diagnostics on transmission: why context matters. Bull World Health Organ. 2012 Oct 1; 90(10):739-747A.
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  24. Sergeev R, Colijn C, Murray M, Cohen T. Modeling the dynamic relationship between HIV and the risk of drug-resistant tuberculosis. Sci Transl Med. 2012 May 23; 4(135):135ra67.
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  25. Cohen T, Manjourides J, Hedt-Gauthier B. Linking surveillance with action against drug-resistant tuberculosis. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2012 Sep 1; 186(5):399-401.
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  26. Lin HH, Shin SS, Contreras C, Asencios L, Paciorek CJ, Cohen T. Use of spatial information to predict multidrug resistance in tuberculosis patients, Peru. Emerg Infect Dis. 2012 May; 18(5):811-3.
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  27. Gegia M, Cohen T, Kalandadze I, Vashakidze L, Furin J. Outcomes among tuberculosis patients with isoniazid resistance in Georgia, 2007-2009. Int J Tuberc Lung Dis. 2012 Jun; 16(6):812-6.
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  28. Abubakar I, Stagg HR, Cohen T, Mangtani P, Rodrigues LC, Pimpin L, Watson JM, Squire SB, Zumla A. Controversies and unresolved issues in tuberculosis prevention and control: a low-burden-country perspective. J Infect Dis. 2012 May 15; 205 Suppl 2:S293-300.
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  29. Manjourides J, Lin HH, Shin S, Jeffery C, Contreras C, Cruz JS, Jave O, Yagui M, Asencios L, Pagano M, Cohen T. Identifying multidrug resistant tuberculosis transmission hotspots using routinely collected data. Tuberculosis (Edinb). 2012 May; 92(3):273-9.
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  30. Hedt BL, van Leth F, Zignol M, Cobelens F, van Gemert W, Nhung NV, Lyepshina S, Egwaga S, Cohen T. Multidrug resistance among new tuberculosis cases: detecting local variation through lot quality-assurance sampling. Epidemiology. 2012 Mar; 23(2):293-300.
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  31. Robinson K, Cohen T, Colijn C. The dynamics of sexual contact networks: effects on disease spread and control. Theor Popul Biol. 2012 Mar; 81(2):89-96.
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  32. Yaesoubi R, Cohen T. Generalized Markov Models of Infectious Disease Spread: A Novel Framework for Developing Dynamic Health Policies. Eur J Oper Res. 2011 Dec 16; 215(3):679-687.
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  33. Yaesoubi R, Cohen T. Dynamic health policies for controlling the spread of emerging infections: influenza as an example. PLoS One. 2011; 6(9):e24043.
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  34. Lin HH, Langley I, Mwenda R, Doulla B, Egwaga S, Millington KA, Mann GH, Murray M, Squire SB, Cohen T. A modelling framework to support the selection and implementation of new tuberculosis diagnostic tools. Int J Tuberc Lung Dis. 2011 Aug; 15(8):996-1004.
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  35. Jenkins HE, Zignol M, Cohen T. Quantifying the burden and trends of isoniazid resistant tuberculosis, 1994-2009. PLoS One. 2011; 6(7):e22927.
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  36. Cohen T, Corbett EL. Test and treat in HIV: success could depend on rapid detection. Lancet. 2011 Jul 16; 378(9787):204-6.
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  37. Izu A, Cohen T, Mitnick C, Murray M, De Gruttola V. Bayesian methods for fitting mixture models that characterize branching tree processes: An application to development of resistant TB strains. Stat Med. 2011 Sep 30; 30(22):2708-20.
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  38. Cohen T, Murray M, Abubakar I, Zhang Z, Sloutsky A, Arteaga F, Chalco K, Franke MF, Becerra MC. Multiple introductions of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis into households, Lima, Peru. Emerg Infect Dis. 2011 Jun; 17(6):969-75.
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  39. Brooks-Pollock E, Becerra MC, Goldstein E, Cohen T, Murray MB. Epidemiologic inference from the distribution of tuberculosis cases in households in Lima, Peru. J Infect Dis. 2011 Jun 1; 203(11):1582-9.
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  40. Mills HL, Cohen T, Colijn C. Modelling the performance of isoniazid preventive therapy for reducing tuberculosis in HIV endemic settings: the effects of network structure. J R Soc Interface. 2011 Oct 7; 8(63):1510-20.
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  41. Sergeev R, Colijn C, Cohen T. Models to understand the population-level impact of mixed strain M. tuberculosis infections. J Theor Biol. 2011 Jul 7; 280(1):88-100.
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  42. Colijn C, Cohen T, Ganesh A, Murray M. Spontaneous emergence of multiple drug resistance in tuberculosis before and during therapy. PLoS One. 2011; 6(3):e18327.
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  43. Gardner A, Cohen T, Carter EJ. Tuberculosis among participants in an academic global health medical exchange program. J Gen Intern Med. 2011 Aug; 26(8):841-5.
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  44. Hedt BL, Laufer MK, Cohen T. Drug resistance surveillance in resource-poor settings: current methods and considerations for TB, HIV, and malaria. Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2011 Feb; 84(2):192-9.
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  45. Goldhaber-Fiebert JD, Jeon CY, Cohen T, Murray MB. Diabetes mellitus and tuberculosis in countries with high tuberculosis burdens: individual risks and social determinants. Int J Epidemiol. 2011 Apr; 40(2):417-28.
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  46. Lin H, Shin S, Blaya JA, Zhang Z, Cegielski P, Contreras C, Asencios L, Bonilla C, Bayona J, Paciorek CJ, Cohen T. Assessing spatiotemporal patterns of multidrug-resistant and drug-sensitive tuberculosis in a South American setting. Epidemiol Infect. 2011 Nov; 139(11):1784-93.
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  47. Cohen T, Wilson D, Wallengren K, Samuel EY, Murray M. Mixed-strain Mycobacterium tuberculosis infections among patients dying in a hospital in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. J Clin Microbiol. 2011 Jan; 49(1):385-8.
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  48. Boulle A, Clayden P, Cohen K, Cohen T, Conradie F, Dong K, Geffen N, Grimwood A, Hurtado R, Kenyon C, Lawn S, Maartens G, Meintjes G, Mendelson M, Murray M, Rangaka M, Sanne I, Spencer D, Taljaard J, Variava E, Venter WD, Wilson D. Prolonged deferral of antiretroviral therapy in the SAPIT trial: did we need a clinical trial to tell us that this would increase mortality? S Afr Med J. 2010 Sep; 100(9):566, 568, 570-1.
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  49. Cohen T, Murray M, Wallengren K, Alvarez GG, Samuel EY, Wilson D. The prevalence and drug sensitivity of tuberculosis among patients dying in hospital in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa: a postmortem study. PLoS Med. 2010 Jun; 7(6):e1000296.
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  50. Cohen T, Hedt BL, Pagano M. Estimating the magnitude and direction of bias in tuberculosis drug resistance surveys conducted only in the public sector: a simulation study. BMC Public Health. 2010; 10:355.
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  51. Lipsitch M, Tchetgen Tchetgen E, Cohen T. Negative controls: a tool for detecting confounding and bias in observational studies. Epidemiology. 2010 May; 21(3):383-8.
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  52. Shin SS, Keshavjee S, Gelmanova IY, Atwood S, Franke MF, Mishustin SP, Strelis AK, Andreev YG, Pasechnikov AD, Barnashov A, Tonkel TP, Cohen T. Development of extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis during multidrug-resistant tuberculosis treatment. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2010 Aug 1; 182(3):426-32.
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  53. Brooks-Pollock E, Cohen T, Murray M. The impact of realistic age structure in simple models of tuberculosis transmission. PLoS One. 2010; 5(1):e8479.
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  54. Colijn C, Cohen T, Fraser C, Hanage W, Goldstein E, Givon-Lavi N, Dagan R, Lipsitch M. What is the mechanism for persistent coexistence of drug-susceptible and drug-resistant strains of Streptococcus pneumoniae? J R Soc Interface. 2010 Jun 6; 7(47):905-19.
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  55. Lipsitch M, Lajous M, O'Hagan JJ, Cohen T, Miller JC, Goldstein E, Danon L, Wallinga J, Riley S, Dowell SF, Reed C, McCarron M. Use of cumulative incidence of novel influenza A/H1N1 in foreign travelers to estimate lower bounds on cumulative incidence in Mexico. PLoS One. 2009; 4(9):e6895.
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  56. Cohen T, Dye C, Colijn C, Williams B, Murray M. Mathematical models of the epidemiology and control of drug-resistant TB. Expert Rev Respir Med. 2009 Feb; 3(1):67-79.
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  57. Megan Murray and Ted Cohen. Extensively drug resistant Tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS. AIDS-TB: A Deadly Liaison, Stefan H.E. Kaufmann and Bruce D. Walker, eds. 2009.
  58. Blaya JA, Cohen T, Rodríguez P, Kim J, Fraser HS. Personal digital assistants to collect tuberculosis bacteriology data in Peru reduce delays, errors, and workload, and are acceptable to users: cluster randomized controlled trial. Int J Infect Dis. 2009 May; 13(3):410-8.
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  59. Colijn C, Cohen T, Murray M. Latent coinfection and the maintenance of strain diversity. Bull Math Biol. 2009 Jan; 71(1):247-63.
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  60. Cohen T, Colijn C, Murray M. Modeling the effects of strain diversity and mechanisms of strain competition on the potential performance of new tuberculosis vaccines. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2008 Oct 21; 105(42):16302-7.
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  61. Lin HH, Murray M, Cohen T, Colijn C, Ezzati M. Effects of smoking and solid-fuel use on COPD, lung cancer, and tuberculosis in China: a time-based, multiple risk factor, modelling study. Lancet. 2008 Oct 25; 372(9648):1473-83.
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  62. Cohen T, Lipsitch M. Too little of a good thing: a paradox of moderate infection control. Epidemiology. 2008 Jul; 19(4):588-9.
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  63. Cohen T, Colijn C, Finklea B, Wright A, Zignol M, Pym A, Murray M. Are survey-based estimates of the burden of drug resistant TB too low? Insight from a simulation study. PLoS One. 2008; 3(6):e2363.
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  64. Dagan R, Barkai G, Givon-Lavi N, Sharf AZ, Vardy D, Cohen T, Lipsitch M, Greenberg D. Seasonality of antibiotic-resistant streptococcus pneumoniae that causes acute otitis media: a clue for an antibiotic-restriction policy? J Infect Dis. 2008 Apr 15; 197(8):1094-102.
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  65. Cohen T, Colijn C, Wright A, Zignol M, Pym A, Murray M. Challenges in estimating the total burden of drug-resistant tuberculosis. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2008 Jun 15; 177(12):1302-6.
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  66. Lipsitch M; Colijn C; Cohen T; Hanage WP; Fraser C. No Coexistence for Free: Neutral Null Models for Multistrain Pathogens. Epidemics. 2008.
  67. Cohen T, Colijn C, Finklea B, Murray M. Exogenous re-infection and the dynamics of tuberculosis epidemics: local effects in a network model of transmission. J R Soc Interface. 2007 Jun 22; 4(14):523-31.
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  68. Colijn C, Cohen T, Murray M. Emergent heterogeneity in declining tuberculosis epidemics. J Theor Biol. 2007 Aug 21; 247(4):765-74.
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  69. Lipsitch M, Cohen T, Murray M, Levin BR. Antiviral resistance and the control of pandemic influenza. PLoS Med. 2007 Jan; 4(1):e15.
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  70. Colijn, C Cohen, T Murray, M. Mathematical Models of Tuberculosis: accomplishments and future challenges. BIOMAT 2006 - International Symposium on Mathematical and Computational Biology, 123-148. 2007; 123-148.
  71. Cohen T, Lipsitch M, Walensky RP, Murray M. Beneficial and perverse effects of isoniazid preventive therapy for latent tuberculosis infection in HIV-tuberculosis coinfected populations. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2006 May 2; 103(18):7042-7.
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  72. Cohen T. Transmission dynamics of drug-resistant tuberculosis (DrPH thesis). 2006.
  73. Bageris A, Cohen T. Maternal hypertension and neonatal outcome among small for gestational age infants. Obstet Gynecol. 2005 Dec; 106(6):1416; author reply 1416-7.
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  74. Cohen T, Murray M. Incident tuberculosis among recent US immigrants and exogenous reinfection. Emerg Infect Dis. 2005 May; 11(5):725-8.
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  75. Cohen T, Murray M. Modeling epidemics of multidrug-resistant M. tuberculosis of heterogeneous fitness. Nat Med. 2004 Oct; 10(10):1117-21.
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  76. Cohen T, Becerra MC, Murray MB. Isoniazid resistance and the future of drug-resistant tuberculosis. Microb Drug Resist. 2004; 10(4):280-5.
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  77. Cohen T, Sommers B, Murray M. The effect of drug resistance on the fitness of Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Lancet Infect Dis. 2003 Jan; 3(1):13-21.
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  78. Lipsitch M, Cohen T, Cooper B, Robins JM, Ma S, James L, Gopalakrishna G, Chew SK, Tan CC, Samore MH, Fisman D, Murray M. Transmission dynamics and control of severe acute respiratory syndrome. Science. 2003; 300(5627):1966-70.
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