Application of mathematical models for public health protection against infectious diseases


Description of impact

The Institute of Pure and Applied Mathematics (IPAM), with the Department of Physics and School of Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition developed and applied mathematical models to tackle infectious diseases in the UK and EU. Specifically:

Our machine learning research underpinned action on human campylobacteriosis and informed professional debate on the source of human listeriosis in the UK and EU.

We used compartmental models to determine progress of the COVID19 epidemic, understand role of asymptomatic cases in local outbreaks and predict outbreaks in higher education institutions. This informed the actions of public health teams.

Our research and advice contributed to food safety standards and embedding of risk assessment practice in the UK and EU.
Impact statusImpact Completed (Open)


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