Dr Ken Eames BA MA PhD
- Room 104b, Dept. of Infectious Disease Epidemiology
- Keppel Street
- WC1E 7HT
- T: +44 (0)20 7927 2469
I'm a mathematical modeller, based in the Centre for Mathematical Modelling of Infectious Diseases in the Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology at the LSHTM. I hold an NIHR Career Development Fellowship. Before moving here in 2008 I was working as an Emmanuel College research fellow in the Centre for Mathematical Sciences, Cambridge. And before that I was an EPSRC-funded postdoctoral research fellow working at the Mathematics Institute and the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Warwick.
Since April 2009 I have run the UK flu survey, an online influenza surveillance system, collecting information about incidence, health-care seeking behaviour, and social contact patterns. During the 2009/10 H1N1v influenza pandemic through an NIHR funded grant I measured changes in social mixing patterns in infected individuals. I have recently worked on surveys measuring social mixing patterns in South East Asia.
I have recently organised a workshop on contact pattern surveys - Social Contacts and Mixing Patterns in Epidemiology (SCaMPiE). Details and presentations can be found here.
I am co-organiser of the Distance Learning Course "Modelling and the Dynamics of Infectious diseases". I teach extensively on this course and during the in-house (offered as part of the LSHTM MSc courses) and the annual modelling short-course, offered each summer.
I have assisted with the LSHTM work experience projects, allowing local school pupils to spend time working with researchers on a range of scientific questions. I am currently involved with video conferences for schools organised through the Millennium Mathematics Project at the Centre for Mathematical Sciences in Cambridge.
I have spoken about "The Mathematics of Disease" at a University of Liverpool Mathematics Masterclass for schools, and along with the flusurvey team have twice appeared at the Birmingham Science Museum. I have given talks for local schools and appeared on BBC Radio discussing my research.
- Classmates, friends, and parents Workshop: Epidemics on networks; trends and challenges, Girona September 2012
- Swine flu and school holidays Essex Summer School on Social Science Data analysis August 2012
- Measuring and modelling changing social contact networks European Conference on Mathematical and Theoretical Biology, Krakow June 2011
- Caught in the SCaMPiE net "Social Contacts and Mixing Patterns in Epidemiology" workshop, LSHTM April 2011
- Networks in epidemiology: human mixing patterns and models of infection Seminar, Durham University March 2011
- Modelling epidemics when things change Mathematics colloquium, University of Strathclyde Feb 2011
- Living in interesting times Seminar, University of Cambridge Nov 2010
- Measuring and modelling clustering in social networks SMILI meeting, Bali Aug 2010
- The Mathematics of Disease Royal Institution Mathematics Masterclass Day, University of Liverpool June 2010
- Surveillance and behaviour change: measuring the pandemic Infectious Disease Research Network workshop, Regents College, London June 2010
- Measuring social networks in schools EPIDEMICS conference, Athens December 2009
- Gripenet in the UK Epiwork meeting, ISI, Turin November 2009
- Weighted networks, mathematical models, and a bit of flu Seminar, Imperial College October 2009
- Human social contact patterns and the spread of infection Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Disease conference, University of Georgia May 2009
- Modelling epidemics on networks Seminar, University of Liverpool February 2009
- Weighted networks and disease control Seminar, University of Sussex January 2009.
- Approximations of individual level dynamics: approaches and omissions Spatial epidemiology workshop, Penn State University November 2008.
- Weighted networks: modelling and control ESF symposium, Utrecht November 2008.
- Epidemic control on weighted social networks SMB conference, Toronto August 2008.
- Mixing patterns in primary schools - classrooms, playgrounds, and transmission Transmission workshop, Warwick (poster presentation) July 2008.
- Childhood infectious diseases Wellcome Trust People Award project presentation, Cambridge July 2008.
- Mixing patterns in primary schools - data collection and public science POLYMOD meeting, Antwerp June 2008.
- Modelling epidemics on networks - what's the point? RAPIDD workshop, Penn State University April 2008.
- Outbreak! Tracking deadly diseases Royal Institution public lecture October 2007.
- Complex relationships: modelling epidemics on human social networks Seminar, CMS, Cambridge October 2007.
- Social interactions and epidemic dynamics SMB conference, San Jose August 2007.
- Modelling complicated relationships CCBI symposium, Cambridge May 2007.
- Epidemics in social networks: Biowire conference, Cambridge March 2007.
- Complex relationships: modelling human interactions Complex Systems conference, Lisbon November 2006.
- I got it from Agnes Seminar, Cambridge Infectious Disease Consortium June 2006.
- Epidemics on networks Seminar, BIFI, University of Zaragoza June 2006.
- Epidemics on networks - contact tracing and control Seminar, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine May 2006.
- Henry VIII and the Mormons Seminar, University of Warwick February 2006.
My research concerns the mathematical modelling and epidemiology of human infectious diseases. I'm particularly interested in those that can be considered to spread through networks of interactions: these mixing networks include all interactions that can facilitate disease spread. For the purposes of visualisation local contacts are useful; they are also likely to be the norm in many social situations. However, "local" may refer to social rather than geographical space, so it's usually best to consider an abstract setting for these populations.
Measuring mixing networks is far from simple - often, it's not even clear which interactions a network should include - so I'm attempting to develop methods to model the spread of infection through networks that don't require the complete network to be known. I'm also involved with trying to come up with innovative ways to measure networks, particularly those involving epidemiologically important population subgroups such as school children.
- Behaviour change
- Mathematical modelling
Disease and Health Conditions
- Infectious disease
- Pandemic diseases
- Contact Tracing
Using an online survey of healthcare-seeking behaviour to estimate the magnitude and severity of the 2009 H1N1v influenza epidemic in England.
Brooks-Pollock, E. ; Tilston, N. ; Edmunds, W.J. ; Eames, K.T. ;
BMC Infect Dis, 2011; 11(1):68
The impact of school holidays on the social mixing patterns of school children.
Eames, K.T. ; Tilston, N.L. ; Edmunds, W.J. ;
Epidemics, 2011; 3(2):103-8
Networks of influence and infection: parental choices and childhood disease.
J R Soc Interface, 2009; 6(38):811-4
Modelling disease spread through random and regular contacts in clustered populations
Theoretical Population Biology, 2008; 73:104-111
Coexistence and specialization of pathogen strains on contact networks
Eames, K.T.D.; Keeling, M.J.
American Naturalist, 2006; 168(2):230-241
Networks and epidemic models
Keeling, M.J.; Eames, K.T.D.
Journal of the Royal Society Interface, 2005; 2(4):295-307
Monogamous networks and the spread of sexually transmitted diseases
Eames, K.T.D.; Keeling, M.J.
Mathematical Biosciences, 2004; 189(2):115-130
Modeling dynamic and network heterogeneities in the spread of sexually transmitted diseases
Eames, K.T.D.; Keeling, M.J.
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 2002; 99(20):13330-13335
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