MRC Centre for Outbreak Analysis and Modelling

Our mission is to be an international resource and centre of excellence for research on the epidemiological analysis and modelling of infectious diseases. As well as undertaking research on a wide range of emerging and endemic diseases, we have a particular focus on ensuring modelling is translated into practical policy guidance for planning for and responding to infectious disease threats. As such, over the last decade we have heavily invested in building close collaborative partnerships with public and global health agencies (notably the World Health Organization, where we are a Collaborating Center), governments and non-governmental bodies across the world.

With approximately 100 researchers, we are one of the largest centres of infectious disease modelling expertise. This gives us a unique capacity to respond to emerging threats such as Ebola and Zika with real-time analysis and predictive modelling – and to provide timely evidence-based input to urgent policy questions for major endemic diseases such as HIV, malaria and tuberculosis. Much of our work is highly interdisciplinary, spanning statistics, mathematical modelling, epidemiology, genetics, intervention science and health economics.