Scientists from EPIC are taking part in the ASF Challenge, a project funded by the Animal Health Division of INRA.
The objective of this challenge is to create a unique and stimulating environment to enhance the ability of modellers to advise policy makers in a timely manner. More specifically, it aims at improving the readiness of modelling teams when facing emerging threats such as African swine fever (ASF) and promote international collaborations.
The EPIC team will be led by Thibaud Porphyre from the Roslin Institute, alongside Lisa Boden, Mayumi Fujiwara, Giles Innocent, Glenn Marion, Stephen Catterall and David Ewing. The team have a strong background in implementing stochastic inference and simulation methods in response to animal health emergencies as well as experience in developing high quality, semi-quantitative veterinary risk assessments rapidly in response to the changing requirements during an outbreak to assist policy decisions and to better guide modellers' assumptions.
Rowland Kao is also participating in the challenge alongside colleagues from the University of Glasgow, Royal (Dick) Vet School and INRAe MIA.
For more information about the challenge, visit the website.
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