Burnet Institute’s Deputy Program Director Maternal and Child Health, Professor Freya Fowkes, Senior Research Fellow and Institute biostatistician Paul Agius, and researcher and PhD candidate Clarissa Moreira will represent the Institute at the 2021 World Congress of Epidemiology (WCE) which begins today.
Hosted in Melbourne but held virtually, the four-day congress is expected to attract up to 1200 delegates globally involved in research and teaching epidemiology across a wide range of health fields addressing communicable and non-communicable diseases.
The Burnet researchers will lead the presentation of a symposium on behalf of The Australian Centre of Research Excellence in Malaria Elimination (ACREME) in conjunction with the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne.
Entitled ‘Applying novel multi-disciplinary methodologies to accelerate malaria elimination’, the symposium will provide an overview of the significance of the changing epidemiological landscape of malaria globally.
It will also look at how modern epidemiological methods, such as stepped-wedge designs, multi-state modelling, within-host mechanistic mathematical models, geospatial methods and cost-effectiveness modelling applied to clinical effectiveness trials, prospective cohort studies, volunteer infection studies and national and regional data have contributed to answering the key challenges in malaria research.
Ms Moreira will present an overview of her important work developing advanced parallel outcome latent growth-curve models in estimating growth trajectories of infants from the Burnet’s flagship Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies study.
Her presentation is entitled ‘A novel approach to investigating poor growth in a longitudinal study of infants in PNG’.
Find out more about WCE 2021 from the conference website.