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Tropical Diseases Modelling Network (TDModNet)

July 27, 2011 in Uncategorized

Tropical Diseases Modelling Network (TDModNet)

TDModNet is a new network for mathematical modellers and their collaborators based in the tropics and working on tropical infectious diseases. There are members with a range of research experience (from graduate student to professor) and expertise (mathematicians, biologists, epidemiologists, malariologists, policy makers, geneticists, bioinformaticists, clinicians). The aim is to provide a forum to build mathematical modelling capacity in the developing world in a self-sufficient way by exploiting the pre-existing structure of the network members.

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A User’s Guide to Infectious Disease Modelling

September 15, 2016 in News

A User’s Guide to Infectious Disease Modelling

This guide is intended as an introduction to interpreting the results of mathematical modelling studies in epidemiology. Such studies are increasingly used to support decision-making related to immunisation policy and the control of vaccine preventable diseases. The guide is designed to be read either in full or on a section by section basis, with these sections closely relating to the ordering of material in published modelling papers. Where it has been essential to use more technical terms to convey a precise message, these have been italicized to indicate inclusion in the attached glossary found on pages 24-26 of this document.

The guidance has been kept fairly general as we could not cover the large variety of specific details that appear in the literature. References for further reading are provided at the end of the document.


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Modelling Workshop@The International Congress for Tropical Medicine and Malaria (ICTMM) 2016

September 9, 2016 in News, workshop

The PRISM modelling CRE – – will be holding a workshop to follow on from the International Congress on Tropical Medicine and Malaria this September in Brisbane. The workshop, entitled Modelling Emerging Infections and Neglected Tropical Diseases, will run for a day and a half at Customs House following the main conference.

This workshop will focus on the particular challenges for epidemiologic modelling of neglected  tropical diseases and emerging infections and highlight emerging and mixed methods that  promise new insights and solutions. Specific issues to be addressed will include methods integration, dealing with sparse data, population mobility, ‘real time’ situational assessment and interactions with vectors and intermediate hosts.

Sessions will include a mixture of presentations from invited international experts and others  selected  from  abstract. Download the Final Workshop program here.

Date: Thursday 22 & Friday 23 September 2016
Time: Thursday: Half day from 2.00pm & Friday: Full day
Venue: Customs House, 399 Queen St, Brisbane QLD 4001
Fee: 300.00 AUD
Workshop Organisers: Jodie McVernon (University of Melbourne), Archie Clements (Australian National University), Joshua Ross (University of Adelaide), James McCaw (University of Melbourne), James Wood (University of New South Wales), Emma McBryde (James Cook University), Kathryn Glass (Australian National University), Nicholas Geard (University of Melbourne).
Inclusions: Workshop participation certificate, Workshop materials, all day catering and post-workshop networking event.






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Research Assistant or Research Associate in mathematical modelling / bioinformatics

August 22, 2016 in Job, News, postdoc


Research Assistant or Research Associate in mathematical modelling / bioinformatics, (Bangkok)

Position available:  Research Assistant or Research Associate

Tenure: One year contract including a 2-month probationary  period with a possibility of extension and of registering for a PhD programme.


The Mahidol Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit (MORU) is collaboration between Mahidol University (Thailand), Oxford University (UK) and the UK’s Wellcome Trust. MORU’s main office and laboratories are located within the Faculty of Tropical Medicine at Mahidol University in Bangkok, Thailand, with study sites and collaborations across Thailand, Asia and Africa. A major theme of our research is antimicrobial resistance. We are conducting detailed studies on how antimicrobial resistance spreads looking at bacterial infections occurring in hospitalised patients and those treated in the community. This work involves close collaboration with research groups in other countries in SE Asia.

We  are  seeking  a research  assistant  or research  associate  (depending  on  experience)  with  a BSc  or other advanced degree in a subject with a strong mathematical  component  to work on the analysis of epidemiological and sequence data from these studies.

Job summary

The researcher will be based in our Mathematical and Economic MODelling research group (MAEMOD) in Bangkok with the possibility of spending some time with our collaborators in Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam.

The post-holder will be responsible  for learning and using mathematical  modelling techniques for the analysis of data from studies  of the spread  of drug-resistant  bacteria  from SE Asia. The work will involve  both using and writing computer software to analyse DNA sequence and epidemiological  data and writing scientific reports.

Key Responsibilities  & Tasks

Learn mathematical modeling, and relevant biostatistical and bioinformatics techniques. Analyse epidemiological  and sequence data.

Contribute to further developing methodologies  for the analysis of epidemiological  and sequence data. Contribute to other methodological  projects led by MAEMOD.

Write Scientific reports.

Qualifications  & Profile

  • BSc or other advanced degree in a subject with a strong mathematical component (eg. mathematics, applied mathematics, physics, statistics)
  • University level calculus
  • A good understanding of probability
  • Experience of computer programming
  • Highly motivated
  • Interest in applying mathematical techniques to biological systems
  • Analytical problem-solving  skills, willingness  to learn, initiative,  attention  to detail and good at working in a team
  • Keen on self-development
  • IELTS equivalent 6.5

How to apply

Interested applicants, please submit your application with detailed resumé to:  no later than 16th September 2016.

Mahidol-Oxford  Tropical Medicine Research Unit (MORU) Faculty of Tropical Medicine, Mahidol University 420/6 Rajvithi Road, Bangkok  10400

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Africa- Oxford (AfOx) travel grants

August 1, 2016 in Grants

Africa- Oxford (AfOx) travel grants to support establishment of new collaborations between Africa and Oxford for research or teaching related to health and biomedical sciences.

AfOx is a cross university platform to support the development of equitable collaborations in research and teaching between staff at African institutions and collaborators in Oxford.

The current round of AfOx travel grants supports visits between potential collaborators in African institutions and their colleagues in Oxford, with a view to developing new collaborations around research or teaching in the areas of health or biomedical sciences. The call will be interpreted in the broadest sense and applications involving staff from all divisions of the university are encouraged.

The grant can be used to cover costs of travel (in either direction i.e. Oxford staff to an African institution or vice versa), accommodation and incidental expenses to a maximum of £5000 (it is anticipated that visits in general will be for periods between 1-8 weeks). Applications are made jointly between a member of staff at Oxford and a potential collaborator in an African institution (the travel award may cover more than two people and additional individuals should be named under purpose of the grant). The overarching aim of the scheme is to foster the development of new collaborations and the scheme is not intended to be used as alternative support for already established collaborations. Administration of the award will be the responsibility of the home department of the Oxford applicant. The application will be reviewed and receive feedback within 7 days. Applicants will be required to submit a brief report within one year of the award to give details of outputs (new collaborations, funding applications etc.) arising from the collaborative visit.

Please email in regards to any queries you have.


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July 14, 2016 in workshop

Epigenomics of Common Diseases: Registration Open


1-4 November 2016

Wellcome Genome Campus, Hinxton, Cambridge, UK

Registration Open

We are pleased to announce that registration is now open for the 6th Epigenomics of Common Diseases conference. This meeting will bring together leading scientists from the fields of epigenomics, genetics and bioinformatics to discuss the latest developments in this fast-moving area.

The programme will focus on epigenomic studies across of a wide range of common and other diseases including cancer, and will include approaches from a variety of different disciplines. It will explore technological and methodological developments and provide a forum to present and discuss recent advances in epigenomics of relevance to human disease. For further details, visit the conference website.

Topics will include:

  • Epigenomics of disease
  • Epigenetics in neuro-psychiatric disorders
  • Cancer epigenetics
  • Epigenetics of ageing
  • Nutritional epigenetics
  • Trans-generational epigenetic inheritance
  • Computational epigenomics
  • Population epigenetics
  • Clinical epigenetics
  • Single cell epigenetics
  • Informatics and technology


A limited number of bursaries are available for PhD students to attend this meeting. We welcome abstracts from all areas relevant to epigenetic and epigenomic research. Several oral presentations will be chosen from the abstracts submitted.

Scientific programme committee
Edith Heard (Institut Curie, France)
Doug Higgs (University of Oxford, UK)
Caroline Relton (University of Bristol, UK)
Art Petronis (University of Toronto, Canada)

Keynote speakers
Anne Ferguson-Smith (University of Cambridge, UK)
Oliver Rando (UMass Medical School, USA)

Confirmed speakers
Schahram Akbarian (Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, USA)
Stephan Beck (UCL Cancer Institute, UK)
John Chambers (Imperial College London, UK)
Bill Cookson (Imperial College London, UK)
Manel Esteller  (IDIBELL, Spain)
Daniele Fallin (Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, USA)
Andre Fischer (Georg-August-University, Gottingen, Germany)
Anna Gloyn (University of Oxford, UK)
Ivo Gut (CNAG-CRG, Spain)
Petra Hajkova (MRC Clinical Sciences Centre, UK)
Peter Jones (Van Andel Research Institute, USA)
David Katz (Emory University, USA)
John Marioni (EMBL-EBI, UK)
Stefan Mundlos (Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Germany)
John Pospisilik (Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics, Germany)
Wolf Reik (Babraham Institute, UK)
David Ruff (Fluidigm Corporation, USA)
Julian Sale (MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, UK)
Nicole Soranzo (Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, UK)
Francois Spitz (Institut Pasteur, France)

Dates for your diary
Bursary deadline: 6 September

Abstract deadline: 20 September
Registration deadline: 4 October

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