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About the Unit

The Department of Veterinary Medicine has a strong research programme in infectious disease dynamics. We are an interdisciplinary group, using state-of-the-art methods from epidemiology, mathematics and biological sciences, to study the growth, spread and control of pathogens within and between hosts. Our research encompasses animal, zoonotic, and entirely human infections with a range of viruses, bacteria and parasites. Members of the Disease Dynamics Unit regularly advise national and international authorities on public and animal health, on topics such as bovine tuberculosis control, influenza vaccine strain selection and meningococcal vaccination.

Current research includes:

  • modelling the spread and control of bovine tuberculosis [Wood & Conlan]
  • evolutionary and epidemiological dynamics of influenza viruses [Russell, Berger]
  • ecology of zoonotic viral pathogens in African fruit bats [Wood, Restif]
  • mathematical and statistical modelling to understand the evolution, dynamics and spread of infectious diseases including hepatitis C and HIV [Frost, Dearlove]
  • investigating novel means of capturing social, sexual and disease transmission networks, particularly in the context of emerging infectious diseases [Frost]
  • epidemiology and control of vaccine-preventable infections including meningococcal disease, pneumococcal disease, GBS, measles and pertussis [Trotter, Conlan, Giorgakoudi, Karachaliou]
  • microbial ecology in free-living nematodes [Restif, Diaz]
  • molecular bases of host-parasite interactions, with a particular focus on gastrointestinal helminth parasites [Cantacessi, Su]
  • within-host dynamics of Salmonella enterica [Restif, Dybowski, Price] and HIV [Frost] 

We are actively involved in University-wide initiatives including the Cambridge Infectious Disease Initiative, the Cambridge-Africa Programme, the Wellcome Trust Cambridge Centre for Global Health Research, and the WHO Collaborating Centre for Modelling, Evolution and Control of Emerging Infectious Diseases.

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