Scientific papers published using Project Tycho® data



Disease History Interactive Map

This data visualization was built by the students of Code 7370, a software engineer training program in San Quentin State Prison. Mentored by Dr. Micaela Martinez-Bakker at Princeton University, the students used the popular tool D3.js to create this animated map of Project Tycho's historical datasets.Nearing the end of lengthy sentences, the students of Code 7370 are working to prepare themselves for successful reentry into society. This data visualization project demonstrates the acquired skill of the students and their readiness to work as software engineers in the Bay Area's tech sector.



April 10, 2015 | Project Tycho® Heatmaps

measles thumbnail pertussis thumbnail mumps thumbnail polio thumbnail hepatitis A thumbnail smallpox thumbnail rubella thumbnail diphtheria thumbnail


April 10, 2015 | Project Tycho® Data Availability

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April 10, 2015 | Measles infographic

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Project Tycho® Brochure (PDF)



  • November 27, 2013 | Project Tycho tutorial

    Video tutorial for Project Tycho® data exploration and retrieval using the project Web site.

  • November 27, 2013 | Project Tycho

    Video interview with Project Tycho® lead investigators. In this video, Dr. Wilbert van Panhuis and Dr. Donald Burke discuss the Project Tycho® rationale, applications, and vision.

  • November 27, 2013 | Project Tycho: Looking at the Data

    Animation that demonstrates the value of large scale public health data as used by the Project Tycho® team to visualize the impact of vaccination programs.

  • October 17, 2014 | ASPPH Presents: A Vision for the Acceleration of Global Health Data for Science and Policy

PowerPoint slides with Project Tycho® visualizations.

These slides are provided for use by anybody for presentations or other purposes and may be modified or changed as needed to meet user needs. We require that the Project Tycho® database is appropriately accredited as the source of these slides through citation of the following paper:

Willem G. van Panhuis, John Grefenstette, Su Yon Jung, Nian Shong Chok, Anne Cross, Heather Eng, Bruce Y Lee, Vladimir Zadorozhny, Shawn Brown, Derek Cummings, Donald S. Burke. Contagious Diseases in the United States from 1888 to the Present. NEJM 2013; 369(22): 2152-2158.

History of disease reporting in the US Weekly smallpox incidence by state Weekly measles incidence by state Weekly polio incidence by state Weekly pertussis incidence by state Weekly mumps incidence by state Weekly hepatitis A incidence by state Weekly diphtheria incidence by city Weekly rubella incidence by state Weekly incidence for 8 diseases


Project Tycho® R code

The code below provide insight to how Project Tycho® visualizations or analyses have been generated to enable others to generate similar output. These code are available to anyone, but we request citation of the Project Tycho® paper as the source.

  • This code for the program R can be used to generate a circle diagram as used in the Project Tycho® visualizations.
  • This code for the program R can be used to generate a heatmap as used in the Project Tycho® visualizations.


project-tycho-utilities: Data from Tycho Project (infectious diseases in US) into an SQLite database + demo analysis in Jupyter notebook
Created by Laurent Gautier

User-created utilities to work with Project Tycho API, available on github.


pycho: Python wrapper for Project Tycho MMWR repository
Created by Caitlin Rivers

User-created Python wrapper for Project Tycho API, available on github.


Preliminary state reports

The Project Tycho® database is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the National Institutes of Health

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