March news about Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Modelling

Wednesday 12 April 2017

Congratulations to Andrea Parisi who was awarded Peter Baume Travel Award to present at the 10th International Conference on Typhoid and Other Invasive Salmonelloses in Uganda in early April. Andrea was also awarded an Australian Society of Infectious Diseases (ASID) council scholarship to present at the ASID Annual Scientific Meeting in the Blue Mountains in March/April.


Congratulations also to Kerri Viney, who has obtained two grants from the WHO:

  1.  “Economic evaluation of patient costs associated with tuberculosis diagnosis and care in Papua New Guinea,” from the Australian Respiratory Council. $25,000 AUD Role: Co-Investigator (A further $100,000 USD was leveraged for this study, from the United States Centers of Disease Control and Prevention)
  2.  “Tuberculosis risk in Australia: An epidemiological assessment of tuberculosis risk factors and the prevalence of tuberculosis among high risk groups” $20,000 AUD from the TB Centre for Research Excellence, the University of Sydney. Role: Principal Investigator


Katie Glass and Martyn Kirk hosted a workshop for colleagues from the Department of Health, the Department of Agriculture, and Food Standards Australia New Zealand to discuss the methods and findings of a consultancy on risk of Salmonella associated with importation of beef.


Conferences and Workshops

Kerri Viney was a Temporary Adviser for WHO at the 11th National TB Programme Managers Meeting for the Western Pacific Region and gave two presentations at that meeting:

  • Viney K. Eleventh National TB Programme Managers Meeting in the Western Pacific Region: Tokyo, Japan. 2017. “People centred TB care and prevention”
  • Viney K. Eleventh National TB Programme Managers Meeting in the Western Pacific Region: Tokyo, Japan. 2017. “Monitoring the financial burden of TB patients: TB patient cost surveys”
  • As part of her role as Chair of the Executive Committee for the TB Forum (a health promotion charity) Kerri held a World TB Day event at Parliament House (March 21) organised with a key partner: RESULTS Australia.


Danielle Ingle attended the Collaborative management platform for detection and analysis of (re-) emerging and foodborne outbreaks in Europe (COMPARE) AGM in Rotterdram and presented a poster on ‘Applying genomics to the investigation of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli infections in Australia’. Danielle also gave an invited seminar at Public Health England on the ‘Evolution of emerging pathogen: atypical enteropathogenic Escherichia coli’.


  • Hogan AB, Myerscough MM (2017) A model for the spread of an invasive weed, Tradescantia fluminensis. Bulletin of Mathematical Biology. (accepted March 2017).
  • Moffatt CRM, Musto J,Pingault N, Combs B, Miller M, Polkinghorne BG, Stafford R, Gregory J, Kirk MD.  Recovery of Salmonella enterica from Australian layer and processing environments following outbreaks linked to eggs. Foodborne Pathogens and Disease. (Accepted 30 March 2017).

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