Kat Rock meets Bill Gates
Last week Kat Rock, from SBIDER and WMI, presented modelling work on African sleeping sickness (human African trypanosomiasis, HAT) to Bill Gates. Kat runs the HAT Modelling and Economic Predictions for Policy (HAT MEPP) project, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The project involves modellers and health economists from Warwick, Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, Institute of Disease Modeling and Oxford. The research is designed to provide data-driven insights to help local decision making and planning as sleeping sickness programmes strive towards elimination of the disease.
Two team of (mainly) SBIDER athletes competed in the annual Warwick Relays. Two mixed teams were entered, thanks to the efforts of Cameron and Ailene who both ran twice. The four-person teams saw each competitor racing a 2mile / 3.3km course, which fortunately this year wasn't a mud-bath.
Xavier Didelot has arrived
I'm pleased to say that Xavier Didelot has just arrived to take up his joint Professorship in Statistics and Life Sciences. He has timed his move to perfection, so that he goes straight into the new Mathematical Sciences building. He is in room 5.16
Xavier analyses genomic data to better understand bacterial evolution, epidemiology, ecology and pathogenicity. As such he bridges between the systems biology and epidemiology arms of SBIDER