12.30-1.30pm, Wed 21st June 2017
Seminar Room 515, Level 5, 207 Bouverie Street, Carlton
Professor Jodie McVernon, Director of Epidemiology, Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity and Head, Modelling and Simulation Unit, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health and Murdoch Childrens Research Institute
Skin sores are highly prevalent in remote Australian Indigenous communities and can lead to invasive infections and rheumatic heart disease. This collaborative project with the Menzies Institute of Health Research Darwin is re-evaluating historical observational and treatment studies, and collecting new data to understand the drivers of high infection prevalence. Insights gained will be incorporated in computational model frameworks, enabling identification of the optimal extent (household, community, region), timing and triggers for interventions to interrupt transmission and reduce disease burden.