May news about Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Modelling

Wednesday 7 June 2017


Katrina Roper has been awarded a research consultancy to conduct a microbiological risk assessment into the potential health impacts that might arise from the planned release of the carp herpesvirus into Australian inland waterways. The consultancy is funded by the Fisheries Research Development Corporation and is for the amount of $23,362.


The group of seven final-year medical students completing their PEPP subject under the supervision of Tambri Housen and Katrina Roper obtained a High Level Pass. The students conducted a review of WHO antibiotic guidelines for treatment of neonatal sepsis in resource-limited South East Asia. Their final report will be formatted for publication and submitted to the Bulletin of WHO.


Alexandra Hogan has received the examiner comments for her PhD thesis and has only minor corrections.


Conferences and Workshops

Katrina Roper will be co-convenor and invited speaker at the pre-Communicable Diseases Control Conference workshop on Civil-Military Systems for collaborative responses to Infectious Disease and Deliberate Biological Events. The workshop will be held on Monday 26 June, followed by the conference on 27-28 June.


Katie Glass was an invited speaker at a symposium on “Optimising the use of administrative data for acute respiratory infection research” at the Telethon Kid’s Institute in Perth.



Katrina Roper has been invited to speak next week to the year 11 International Baccalaureate students at Canberra Grammar School. Katrina will speak on the topic of epidemiology, highlighting the multi-disciplinary aspect of being a field epidemiologist using examples from her work in Sierra Leone.




  • Smith? RJ, Hogan AB, Mercer GN (2017) Unexpected infection spikes in a model of Respiratory Syncytial Virus vaccination. Vaccines. (in press, accepted May 2017).
  • Clothier HJ, Crawford NW, Russell M, Kelly H, Buttery JP (2017) Evaluation of 'SAEFVIC', A Pharmacovigilance Surveillance Scheme for the Spontaneous Reporting of Adverse Events Following Immunisation in Victoria, Australia. Drug Safety doi: 10.1007/s40264-017-0520-7. [Epub ahead of print]

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