Lincoln Leads in Epidemiology: Lockdown Edition

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Join us for the second discussion of Lincoln Leads: Lockdown Edition, on the topic of Epidemiology. The series consists of five round table discussions on themes at the intersection of disease and society: Language & Literature, Epidemiology, Medicine, Politics, and Cognitive Epidemiology.

Dr Deirdre Hollingsworth is a professor and senior group leader at the Oxford Big Data Institute. Deirdre is an infectious disease epidemiologist who uses mathematical models and statistical analyses to study the evolution and transmission dynamics of infectious diseases with the aim of informing the design of more effective control interventions. Her research focuses on lymphatic filariasis, visceral leishmaniasis and a group of intestinal worms (soil transmitted helminths or STHs) which affect a large number of children and adults in low income settings. She has ongoing interests in the transmission and evolution of HIV in both Africa and European/North American settings as well as malaria and influenza.

Bethan Swift is a DPhil student at the Nuffield Department of Women’s and Reproductive Health working on the Cyprus Women’s Health Research (COHERE) Initiative project, which will provide the first systematically collected population health data for women in Northern Cyprus. The project aims to estimate and understand the burden caused by endometriosis, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and uterine fibroids (UF). She completed her MSc in Global Health Science and Epidemiology at the University of Oxford in 2019 and holds a BSc in Biology from the University of Leeds. Before coming to Oxford, Beth worked for Public Health England specialising in HIV surveillance.

Dr Alan Garfinkel is Newton-Abraham Visiting Professor at Lincoln College, Oxford. His permanent post is as Professor of Medicine (Cardiology) and Integrative Biology and Physiology at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). His educational background is in philosophy and mathematics. After a stint as a philosophy professor, he turned to focus on mathematical modeling as a scientific research tool. His research uses mathematical models to understand cardiac arrhythmias.

Your host for this session will be Angeliki Myrillas-Brazeau, a DPhil in History who studies rumours of epidemic disease in seventeenth-century North America. She works on early modern communities, biological warfare, and (mis)information. She holds an MA from Queen Mary, University of London and a BA (Hons) from McGill University. She is MCR Academic Rep for Lincoln College, and organiser of Lincoln Leads: Lockdown Edition.