the centre for the mathematical modelling of infectious diseases
The Centre for the Mathematical Modelling of Infectious Diseases at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) is a multidisciplinary grouping of epidemiologists, mathematicians, economists, statisticians and clinicians from across all three faculties of the LSHTM.
Our research focuses on understanding and predicting the epidemiology of infectious diseases so that more effective control programmes can be devised. Researchers are developing and applying mathematical models to a range of infections including HIV and other sexually transmitted infections, HPV, tuberculosis, hepatitis C, influenza, rotavirus, measles, varicella, pneumococcal disease, Hib, malaria and sleeping sickness.
More fundamental research includes developing methods to measure underlying contact patterns, sampling hard-to-reach populations (such as drug users), efficiently fitting complex mathematical models to data, and the integration of epidemiological models with economic analyses. We run the flusurvey, an online influenza surveillance platform. The cmmid is actively engaged in developing links with other modelling groups; members of the cmmid include mathematical modellers working at Public Health England (formerly the HPA) and the Royal Veterinary College.
We teach a module for LSHTM masters students and run an annual short course on mathematical modelling which is aimed at professionals looking for an introduction to the field. As of this year, we also run an advanced short course on model fitting and inference.
The cmmid thanks the Institutional Strategic Support Fund for financial support.