Modelling and Simulation
Professor James McCaw
Infectious diseases pose a continuing global public health challenge, with substantial economic and human costs, borne disproportionately by the very young, chronically ill, disadvantaged and indigenous peoples. Mathematical and computational models of infectious disease provide a framework in which to define key determinants of infectious disease transmission, project likely disease burden and identify optimal control strategies.
The Modelling and Simulation Unit was established in 2005 through a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Capacity Building Grant focused on developing national modeling capability to inform infectious diseases control policy. Our team represents expertise in clinical medicine and public health, mathematics and computer science. With NHMRC and ARC support, we consider the complex biological and social systems underlying infectious diseases epidemiology, engaging national and international collaborators in basic sciences, psychology, sociology, ethics and urban planning.
Our projects and outputs target systems at multiple scales, from individual hosts to populations. Audiences include a range of academic disciplines, clinicians and public health practitioners and defence and animal health scientists. Our work on influenza pandemic preparedness and optimisation of interventions has influenced national and international policy. Vaccine research is informing the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation, and World Health Organisation expert working groups.
Prof James McCaw (unit head)
- Social connectedness and health
- Characterising the host response to infectious diseases
- Informing national policy for pandemic influenza preparedness and response
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