CMMID has a thriving community and offers a range of resources to members and everyone interested in infectious disease modelling.
- Short courses
We currently run several courses in mathematical modelling:
- Modelling and the Dynamics of Infectious Diseases which can be taken as an intensive module, part of the MSc programmes offered at the School, or as a online module as part of the LSHTM’s expanding Distance Learning programme.
- Introduction to Infectious Disease Modelling and Its Applications (usually in June): this two-week intensive short course on mathematical modelling is offered every summer. This course has been successfully run for many years now, and is intended to serve as an introduction to modelling for health care professionals and others working on infectious diseases.
- Model Fitting and Inference for Infectious Disease Dynamics (usually in July): a short course on fitting models to case series data.
- Modern Techniques for Modelling Infectious Disease Dynamics (usually in February): a short course giving participants working knowledge of using R to code dynamic transmission models.
Members of the CMMID have written an introductory modelling textbook An Introduction to Infectious Disease Modelling, published by Oxford University Press.
- Master's degrees
In addition CMMID members support students in their summer projects. If you are currently studying at the School and are interested in a summer project in or related to mathematical modelling of infectious diseases please get in touch either with the respective theme leads, group leads or with potential supervisors directly.
An overview of what constitutes a good summer project in mathematical modelling can be found here.
CMMID has a strong record in attracting fellowships from the MRC, Wellcome Trust and other funders. If you’re interested in joining on a fellowship, do get in touch or directly contact potential sponsors.
Members of CMMID are actively involved in a range of outreach and public engagement activities.
Science festivals and public lectures
CMMID regularly runs activities at science festivals and events, including Cheltenham Science Festival, Science Museum Lates, Royal College of Nursing, New Scientist Live. Members have also give public lectures on mathematical modelling at the Royal Institution, TEDx Thessaloniki, and TED2018, as well as talks on citizen science at Kings College, IDDconf, EEID, and London International Development Centre.
CMMID PhD students have been involved in developing an interactive half-day school workshop 'Outbreak control: an introduction to careers in public health', which aims to inspire the next generation of public health professionals. Through five interactive demonstrations, featuring props from marbles to mosquitos, school students will be introduced to the work of epidemiologists, statisticians and lab scientists in an outbreak situation. This work has been supported by the LSHTM Public Engagement Small Grants Scheme.
CMMID members have also run several research projects in collaboration with British secondary schools, including studies of movement patterns, social contact networks, and bacterial infections. Through a series of videoconferences and workshops, the research team helped students design and run surveys, and analyse the resulting data. This work has been featured in featured in PLUS magazine, and supported by grants from Wellcome Trust and the Evelyn Trust. These projects have also generated teaching resources to show how maths can be used to understand epidemics, social interactions and vaccination.
In 2017/18, Petra Klepac and Adam Kucharski developed the BBC Pandemic citizen science project with collaborators at the University of Cambridge, which was showcased in the BBC4 programme 'Contagion!', where it was used in a simulation of an influenza pandemic in the UK. The project aimed to collect large-scale data on human interactions and movements, to create a new gold-standard data set for use in future pandemic analysis and in wider infectious disease research.
CMMID have also been involved in Flusurvey, an internet-based project to track the spread of influenza in the UK (and further afield).
IDDconf is small (~100), community-driven conference, to improve interaction between modellers. We want a forum for modellers to present up to date work, stimulate discussion, and build collaborations. We are completely transparent about decision-making, and as many of these decisions as possible (such as talk selection) are done randomly. Last year we gave away leftover wine using a live random number selection in R!
IDDconf is organised by CMMID. Organisation is led by Roz Eggo, with Julia Gog (Cambridge), Ali Henderson, Graham Medley, and Jon Read (Lancaster) on the organisation team. For more information, please visit IDDconf .org, email email@example.com or follow @IDDconf on Twitter.
- CMMID calendar
The public CMMID calendar holds an overview all past and upcoming formal and informal CMMID events ranging from random coffee walks to the annual CMMID lecture.