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Dr Kathleen O'Reilly

BSc MSc PhD

Assistant Professor

Room
K445

LSHTM
Keppel Street
London
WC1E 7HT
United Kingdom

I am an epidemiologist who specialises in the use of statistical and mathematical models to assist in developing control strategies for infectious diseases. I am particularly interested in working on infectious diseases at the edges of elimination and eradication. My current interests are in polio eradication and vector-borne diseases such as Zika and dengue virus. I am an active member of the Centre for Mathematical Modelling of Infectious Diseases (CMMID). 

My research team are the modelling partners of Unicef within the Global Polio Eradication Initiative. The intention is to provide support for policy decisions via mathematical modelling and the analysis of data. Prior to LSHTM I was at Imperial College London where I held a MRC methodology research fellowship that focussed on development of statistical methods applied to polio eradication and other vaccine preventable diseases. This research was in collaboration with the WHO Polio Eradication Initiative, and it has been a valuable opportunity to contribute to a global health priority.

I am an Associate Editor for BMC Infectious Diseases. For my own Publications please see my regularly updated Google Scholar profile. I have highlighted several recent publications at the bottom of this page.

I regularly supervise MSc and MPH students, and have recently co-authored a paper with 2 previous MPH students. Please get in contact if you would like to collaborate. Getting everyone interested in science is very important to me and I regularly visit schools as part of the Inspire Initiative. Additionally, this year I will be a mentor of the Young Scientists Programme.

Affiliations

Department of Disease Control
Faculty of Infectious and Tropical Diseases

Centres

Malaria Centre
Mathematical Modelling of Infectious Diseases
Statistical Methodology
Vaccine Centre
Health in Humanitarian Crises Centre

Teaching

I am a co-organiser for Modelling and the Dynamics of Infectious Diseases, that is part of the Distance Learning MSc in Epidemiology at the LSHTM. I have been awarded a Teaching Research Award to engage with past and current students on how they went about learning mathematical modelling of infectious diseases. More information can be found here.

I also teach occassionally on several other courses within LSHTM, including the modelling courses run over the summer.

Research

At the LSHTM I am involved with several projects:

  • Understanding the future trajectory of the Zika virus epidemic and strategies to prevent transmission (as part of the ZikaPLAN and ZikaAlliance consortia, with Oliver Brady and Laith Yakob)
  • Development of suitable scale-up strategies for Wolbachia use in high transmission settings applied to Dengue (BMGF funded, led by Oliver Brady)
  • Effectivness of supplementary immunisation stragies in preventing poliomyelitis outbreaks (BMGF funded, PI)
  • Vaccination Strategies for diseases and the end-stage of elimination: application to  poliomyelitis and measles (primary supervisor of MRC funded student Grace Macklin.
Research Area
Infectious disease policy
Public health
Research : policy relationship
Statistical methods
Surveillance
Vaccines
Viruses
Water
Bayesian Analysis
Disease control
Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
Global Health
Immunisation
Methodology
Outbreaks
Schools
Spatial analysis
Vector control
Modelling
Discipline
Genetic epidemiology
Epidemiology
GIS/Spatial analysis
Mathematical modelling
Statistics
Vector biology
Virology
Entomology
Vaccinology
Disease and Health Conditions
Diarrhoeal diseases
Infectious disease
Pandemic diseases
Emerging Infectious Disease
Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs)
Respiratory disease
Sexually transmitted infection
Tropical diseases
Vector borne disease
Zoonotic disease
Country
Afghanistan
Brazil
Nigeria
Pakistan
Region
Arab World
Caribbean small states
East Asia & Pacific (all income levels)
Euro area
Latin America & Caribbean (all income levels)
Middle East & North Africa (all income levels)
Sub-Saharan Africa (all income levels)
World

Selected Publications

Routine immunization in Pakistan: comparison of multiple data sources and identification of factors associated with vaccination.
Imran, H. ; Raja, D. ; Grassly, N.C. ; Wadood, M.Z. ; Safdar, R.M. ; O'Reilly, K.M. ;
2018
Int Health
Understanding commitment to polio vaccination.
O'Reilly, K.M. ;
2017
Lancet Infect Dis
Global yellow fever vaccination coverage from 1970 to 2016: an adjusted retrospective analysis.
Shearer, F.M. ; Moyes, C.L. ; Pigott, D.M. ; Brady, O.J. ; Marinho, F. ; Deshpande, A. ; Longbottom, J. ; Browne, A.J. ; Kraemer, M.U.G. ; O'Reilly, K.M. ; Hombach, J. ; Yactayo, S. ; de Araújo, V.E.M. ; da Nóbrega, A.A. ; Mosser, J.F. ; Stanaway, J.D. ; Lim, S.S. ; Hay, S.I. ; Golding, N. ; Reiner, R.C. Jr;
2017
Lancet Infect Dis
Population Immunity against Serotype-2 Poliomyelitis Leading up to the Global Withdrawal of the Oral Poliovirus Vaccine: Spatio-temporal Modelling of Surveillance Data.
Pons-Salort, M. ; Molodecky, N.A. ; O'Reilly, K.M. ; Wadood, M.Z. ; Safdar, R.M. ; Etsano, A. ; Vaz, R.G. ; Jafari, H. ; Grassly, N.C. ; Blake, I.M. ;
2016
PLoS Med
The effect of mass immunisation campaigns and new oral poliovirus vaccines on the incidence of poliomyelitis in Pakistan and Afghanistan, 2001-11: a retrospective analysis.
O'Reilly, K.M. ; Durry, E. ; ul Islam, O. ; Quddus, A. ; Abid, N. ; Mir, T.P. ; Tangermann, R.H. ; Aylward, R.B. ; Grassly, N.C. ;
2012
Lancet
A statistical model of the international spread of wild poliovirus in Africa used to predict and prevent outbreaks.
O'Reilly, K.M. ; Chauvin, C. ; Aylward, R.B. ; Maher, C. ; Okiror, S. ; Wolff, C. ; Nshmirimana, D. ; Donnelly, C.A. ; Grassly, N.C. ;
2011
PLoS Med
See all Dr Kathleen O'Reilly's Publications