June news about Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Modelling

8 June 2018

Good News

Welcome to Aaliya Ibrahim who has joined our group as a PhD student, working with Martyn Kirk, Katie Glass and Ben Polkinghorne on the epidemiology of Shigella.


Andrea Parisi has had a talk “Increasing incidence of invasive nontyphoidal Salmonella infections in Queensland, Australia, 2007-2016” accepted for oral presentation at International Conference on Emerging Infectious Diseases (ICEID) 2018 held in August in Atlanta, USA. Laura Ford had two abstracts on the genomics of Salmonella Typhimurium 160 and Mississippi accepted for poster presentation at the same conference. Cushla Coffey —an MAE scholar in Queensland Health—also had two posters accepted at ICEID 

on ‘Epidemiology of nontuberculosis mycobacteria notifications and association with drinking water disinfectant in Queensland, Australia’ and ‘Evolving epidemiology of reported giardiasis cases in the United States, 1995–2016’.

Martyn Kirk attended the Hot North research meeting at the Menzies Centre for Health Research in Darwin and presented on ‘Integrated Systems for Epidemic Response (ISER)’. Andrea Parisi attended the Hot North Symposium representing ISER ECRs/PhD students. Martyn Kirk attended a meeting on strengthening regional health security at the Marie Bashir Institute, Sydney. Martyn also attended the NHMRC CRE on Emerging Infectious Diseases Colloquium at the University of Sydney and presented a brief update on the MAE program. During May, Martyn Kirk assisted UNSW School of Public Health and Community Medicine with their recruitment of Doctorate of Public Health scholars for their Future Health Leaders program.

Brett Lidbury spoke at the “Millions Missing” event in Sydney (https://my.meaction.net/events/millionsmissing-visibility-action-sydney-australia), on the 12th May, to support awareness and advocacy for greater recognition of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

Grants & consultancies

Martyn Kirk is assisting the Indo-Pacific Centre for Health Security at Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade with preparation of a plan for developing training and education around field epidemiology and health security in regional countries.


  • Aik J, Newall A, Kirk M, Heywood A, Turner R. Climate variability and Salmonellosis in Singapore - A time series analysis  Science of the Total Environment, Accepted.