Informing Public Health policy with mathematical models in a “COVID world”
Long before COVID brought mathematical models to the forefront of news sites worldwide, modelling was used extensively to inform policy for animal and human health. In this talk, Joaquín will briefly cover his latest work on informing the WHO guidelines for Neglected Tropical Diseases, with a particular focus on Lymphatic Filariasis and then reflect on how can we better inform sustainable policies, with examples on zoonotic diseases from his research group, such as Echinococcosis and Rabies.
Dr Joaquín Prada is a lecturer in Veterinary Epidemiology at the University of Surrey, with a background in Industrial Engineering. He obtained his PhD from the University of Glasgow, modelling sheep and nematode interactions. Joaquín was then a postdoctoral research associate at Princeton University and the University of Warwick, before joining the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Surrey. His current research focus is on developing mathematical and statistical models to help inform public health policy. He works on a broad range of infectious diseases in both humans and animals, and he leads a small research group at Surrey with a focus on zoonotic neglected tropical diseases. Joaquín is also a member of the NTD modelling consortium and hold a visiting position at the University of Oxford.