Dr Oliver Brady
and Henry Wellcome Fellow
My main area of expertise lies in the macro-scale modelling and mapping of vector-borne diseases with a particular focus on arboviruses including dengue, zika, yellow fever and chikungunya.
Originally trained as a biologist, I undertook a DPhil in the global epidemiology of dengue at the University of Oxford under Prof. Simon Hay. Following this I held a post doc position at the same institution, working closely with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to help set up the Malaria Modelling Consortium before moving to the school at the beginning of 2016. In 2017 I began a Henry Wellcome Fellowship as part of a growing group of arbovirus modellers here at LSHTM.
I teach on the Spatial Epidemiology in Public Health and Epidemiology (3135), Epidemiology and Control of Communicable Diseases (2437) and Modelling & the Dynamics of Infectious Diseases (2464) modules at the School. I also co-organise the Introduction to Spatial Analysis in R (ISAIR) short course that runs over the summer.
My research aims to improve how diseases are controlled by identifying and estimating gaps in disease surveillance to reveal their true burden of disease.
Past projects have included estimating the global distribution and burden of different arboviruses (dengue, Zika, chikungunya) as well as understanding the role of their principle mosquito vectors (Ae. aegypti and Ae. albopictus) in their spread. This involves the use of advanced statistical and mathematical modelling techniques to map vector-borne diseases including how they vary over time in response to environmental changes.
These methods also have broad applications in predicting and preventing emerging infectious disease spread from understanding how to stop a dengue outbreak in an urban mega city to preventing intercontinental spread.
I lead the following ongoing projects here at the school:
Estimating the burden of dengue chikungunya and Zika in Latin America. Wellcome trust Henry Wellcome Fellowship (Jul 17 - Jan 22)
ZIKAlliance (https://zikalliance.tghn.org) global Zika consortium, mapping and modelling work package. EU Horizon 2020 (Oct 16 - Oct 20)
CADDE (https://www.caddecentre.org) Brazil-UK Centre for Arbovirus Discovery, Diagnosis, Genomics and Epidemiology. MRC (Apr 19 - Apr 22)
Estimating the impact of Wolbachia scale up in Indonesia. Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (Nov 17 - Jan 22)
Dengue early warning systems in Vietnam. UK Space agency (Feb 18 - Feb 21)