I am a research associate at the University of Glasgow and within EPIC I investigate disease risks associated with animal movements (Topic 2). Originally, I am a computational linguist (MSc.) and cognitive psychologist (PhD.) with a particular interest in network dynamics. Before I started to work in EPIC 2 (January 2014), I used to work as a researcher at the Institute of Neuroscience and Psychology, University of Glasgow, where I also completed my PhD in 2013.
My research relates to the spread and transmission of infectious diseases through social contact networks. In particular, I investigate the risks and epidemiological implications associated with livestock movements (sheep / cattle) by integrating dynamic social network analysis, statistics, and infectious disease modeling. In addition to this, I will investigate the efficiency and epidemiological benefits of new sheep vaccines for potential implementation into Scotland’s sheep scab control programs (Topic 4). I am also involved in the development of a modeling resilience plan, which outlines procedures to ensure that modeling resources developed within EPIC will be maintained and are ready to use during an outbreak (Topic 1). In EPIC 2, I performed risk analyses of the sheep movement networks in Scotland as well as investigating the impact of changed standstill restrictions on a potential FMD outbreak. During the avian influenza outbreak in East Yorkshire (November 2014), I was responsible for analysing the poultry contact data and for assessing the risk of infection for Scotland through this contact network.
Manipulation of contact network structure and the impact on foot-and-mouth disease transmission. S Mohr, M Deason, M Churakov, T Doherty, RR Kao
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