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Professor Lisa White is a mathematical modeller with a focus on global health and policymaking. She leads the Oxford Modelling for Global Health group based at the Big Data Big Data Institute, Li Ka Shing Centre for Health Information and Discovery, University of Oxford. Her work combines within- and between- host infection models with multi-strain/species modelling to consider the characterisation, emergence and spread of antimicrobial drug resistance and its containment. Her modelling work is participatory, with models for malaria and other diseases being developed in close collaboration with national control programs, international decision-makers, funders and donors.
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What are you working on right now?
In March 2020 Lisa White initiated a consortium of international modellers, to address urgent in-country requests for modelling support during the global covid-19 pandemic. The group now includes approximately 100 members representing more than 40 countries. The consortium focusses on supporting low- and middle-income countries by providing in-country modellers with support, shared resources and a forum for sharing innovation. This was made possible as a result of the extensive training and mentoring Prof White has provided over the preceding decade. The modellers of the CoMo Consortium (https://www.tropicalmedicine.ox.ac.uk/news/como-consortium-the-covid-19-pandemic-modelling-in-context) have engaged directly with the health authorities in their countries and used mathematical modelling to support national and international decision-making.
Why is Oxford a good place to work in this field of research?
The opportunity to collaborate with leaders in their respective disciplines here at Oxford is unparalleled. As the COVID-19 pandemic unfolds, the international community must approach it from a multitude of angles with specialists in science, technology, economics, social sciences, policy engagement and human behaviour working in a cohesive, effective manner. The Oxford college system has traditionally brought academics of multiple disciplines together, fostering the style of interaction we need now to fight COVID-19. The global reputation and reach of Oxford has enabled the rapid establishment of an international consortium of modellers from partner universities and organisations across the globe.
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