The MRC Centre for Outbreak Analysis and Modelling was founded in March 2007 with Professor Neil Ferguson as Director.
SARS and H5N1 avian influenza have highlighted the need of the world to improve its readiness for new epidemics. The centre builds upon a world-leading research group in the Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology at Imperial College to undertake applied collaborative work with national and international agencies in support of policy planning and response operations against emerging infectious disease threats.
Based at Imperial College London, the Centre also involves staff at the UK Health Protection Agency. Centre researchers are world leaders in epidemic modelling and have extensive experience of advising governments and international agencies on the control of a wide range of diseases, including influenza, SARS, polio, HIV, BSE and foot-and-mouth disease. The centre aims to build on this experience and provide the infrastructure to establish long-term relationships with public health bodies around the world.
The MRC Centre for Outbreak Analysis and Modelling is an international resource and centre of excellence for research on the epidemiological analysis and modelling of novel infectious disease outbreaks. It builds upon a world-leading research reputation to undertake applied collaborative work with national and international agencies to support policy planning and response operations against emerging infectious disease threats (such as avian influenza strains with human pandemic potential).