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Epidemiology and mathematical modelling

Maths Centre at Sunset
Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics

Research groups are found across several university departments and local research institutes, and include:

There are also groups studying the distribution of infectious diseases at the population level, for example the Institute of Public Health, which includes the internationally renowned MRC Biostatistics Unit.

Recent research highlights include:

  • Multi-scale approaches to influenza dynamics (genomics, quantification of antigenic diversity through development and application of cartography, epidemiology, and evolution in animal and human hosts and populations)
  • Mathematical and statistical tools to study the spatial spread of epidemics in plant and animal populations.

People specializing in this area

CID Chairs

Professor James Wood

Emergence and epidemiology of infectious diseases

CID Operations Group

Professor P John Clarkson, FREng

Modelling and analysis of complex activity-based processes

Professor James Wood

Emergence and epidemiology of infectious diseases

Postdoctoral Researchers

Dr Petra Klepac
  • •Integration epidemiological and demographic processes into a unified framework to understand the role of demography as an important epidemiological driver.
    •Incorporating economic constraints into epidemiological models to investigate the combined economic and epidemic dynamics of vaccination.
    •Drawing on game theory and theory of self-enforcing international agreements to identify the levels of international cooperation necessary to reach optimal and more uniform regional vaccination coverage.
  • Integration of epidemiological and demographic processes into a unified framework to understand the role of demography as an important epidemiological driver.
  • Incorporating economic constraints into epidemiological models to investigate the combined economic and epidemic dynamics of vaccination.
  • Drawing on game theory and theory of self-enforcing international agreements to identify the levels of international cooperation necessary to reach optimal and more uniform regional vaccination coverage.

Cambridge researchers support the WHO

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Scientists build a clearer picture of the spread of bovine tuberculosis

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Original sin and the risk of epidemics

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How quickly things spread

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Cartographers of the infectious world

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Defending crops with maths

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We are not students of some subject matter, but students of problems. And problems may cut right across the borders of any subject matter or discipline.

Karl Popper, 1963