SARS, BSE and foot-and-mouth are just some of the infectious diseases that have threatened our health, economies and livestock over the last 20 years. The potential impact of these is huge but it can be challenging to provide robust answers to key science and policy questions.
Leading epidemiologist Professor Christl Donnelly will talk about how to control the risks to public health at a public lecture at the University of Bath on 20 April.
Professor Donnelly, of the MRC Centre for Outbreak Analysis and Modelling, Imperial College, London, has been involved in the analysis of several major recent epidemics as they unfolded.
She will discuss how epidemiologists can help public policy makers control disease without too much disruption to society.
Professor Donnelly said: “Careful analysis and modelling of epidemic data has quantified the risks posed to public health and has characterised the potential for various control measures to reduce onward transmission and the overall impact of the epidemic.
“Each new epidemic poses its own challenges, but there is an growing toolbox of analytical and computational tools at the ready.”
Professor Donnelly is an author of the book Statistical Aspects of BSE and vCJD: Models for Epidemics (1999) and nearly 150 academic journal publications.
The lecture will be held at the University’s Claverton Campus 8W 3.22 at 6.15pm.
Tickets are free and are available from Sheila Willmott, in the Events and Ceremonies Office, on 01225 386631 or email.
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