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Professor Julia Gog awarded University of Cambridge Vice Chancellor Impact Award

last modified Aug 08, 2018 12:56 PM
10 July 2018 - CID member Prof. Julia Gog (DAMTP) received a University of Cambridge Vice Chancellors Impact Award for her work to produce mathematical modelling that helps predict how UK populations move and interact, and consequently how and where a virus would spread.

Professor Julia Gog (Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics) receives University of Cambridge Vice Chancellors Impact Award

Harnessing mathematics to help control influenza

Predicting the evolution of the seasonal human influenza virus to better inform vaccination selection is critical to controlling the spread of influenza each year. Moreover, a rarer global outbreak pandemic would have severe consequences on loss of life and the economy, and is viewed by the UK government as a major threat to the UK due to both its high likelihood and severity of outcome.

Prof. Julia Gog worked with data gathered through the BBC’s Pandemic project to produce mathematical modelling that helps predict how UK populations move and interact, and consequently how and where a virus would spread. 

The Vice-Chancellor’s Impact Awards were established to recognise and reward those whose research has led to excellent impact beyond academia, whether on the economy, society, culture, public policy or services, health, the environment or quality of life. Each winner receives a prize of £1,000 and a trophy, with the overall winner – Prof Marc Weller from the Faculty of Law – receiving £2,000.

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