July report for Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Modelling

1 July 2020

Good News

Congratulations to Keeley Allen and Moustafa Kamal who both submitted their MPH theses this month.  Keeley’s thesis was on “A systematic review of early epidemiological parameters of the COVID-19 pandemic”, and Kamal’s was titled “The Effects of Diarrhoeal Infection Among Children Under Five in Bangladesh using a Multilevel Approach: Evidence from the Demographic and Health Survey, 2014”.

Keynote and invited presentations

Tambri Housen was invited to present at a 3-day WHO/GOARN global consultancy on contact tracing and split the session with MAE scholar, Stephanie Wheeler.

Outreach and engagement

Tambri Housen is leading a collaborative project between the Canadian Field Epidemiology Training Program (FETP) and the MAE on the development of e-learning materials for contact tracing, funded by TEPHINET (USD 40 000). This project has demonstrated MAE leadership and brought together academic, government and field epidemiology partners, strengthening these relationships which will have legacy beyond COVID-19. The Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network has agreed to host the training on their Learning Management System.

Papers accepted/published:

•           Zhang Y, Joshy G, Glass K, Banks E. Physical functional limitations and psychological distress in people with and without colorectal cancer: Findings from a large Australian study. Journal of Cancer Survivorship (in press, accepted May 2020).

•           Franklin N, Hope K, Glasgow K, Glass K.  (2020) Describing the epidemiology of foodborne outbreaks in New South Wales, Australia: 2000 to 2017. Foodborne Pathogens and Disease (in press, accepted April 2020).