Professor Jodie McVernon is a Medical Graduate with subspecialty training in Paediatrics, Public Health and Vaccinology. She has extensive expertise in clinical vaccine trials, epidemiologic studies and mathematical modelling of infectious diseases, gained at the University of Oxford, Health Protection Agency London and the University of Melbourne.
Professor McVernon is Director of Epidemiology at the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity, a joint venture of the University of Melbourne and Royal Melbourne Hospital, and a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Principal Research Fellow. She led the completed (in 2019) NHMRC-funded nationally distributed Centre of Research Excellence, PRISM2 – Policy Relevant Infectious Diseases Simulation and Mathematical Modelling.
Professor McVernon leads two research centres launched in 2020:
- SPECTRUM – Supporting Participatory Evidence generation to Control Transmissible diseases in our Region Using Modelling
- SPARK – Strengthening Preparedness in the Asia-Pacific Region through Knowledge, builds on PRISM2
Her research group uses mathematical and computational models to advance understanding of infectious disease epidemiology and to consider the likely impacts of interventions to limit infection spread and burden.
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- Adaptation of the First Few Hundred protocol for infectious disease events for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations
- Community perspectives on distributing an initially limited supply of vaccines in the event of an influenza pandemic
- Sampling, shipping and serology: a proof of concept study of influenza immunity
- Sentinel Travellers and Research Preparedness Platform for Emerging Infectious Disease (SETREP-ID)
- Specimen collection protocols to accompany FF100 enhanced data collection studies
- WHO keeps covid-19 a public health emergency of international concern
- A modelling approach to estimate the transmissibility of SARS-CoV-2 during periods of high, low, and zero case incidence
- Evaluation of the Australian first few X household transmission project for COVID-19
- Learnings from the Australian first few X household transmission project for COVID-19
- Virology and immune dynamics reveal high household transmission of ancestral SARS-CoV-2 strain
- Transmission of SARS-CoV-2 in standardised first few X cases and household transmission investigations: A systematic review and meta-analysis
- Transmission of SARS-CoV-2 in standardised First Few X cases and household transmission investigations: a systematic review and meta-analysis [preprint]
- The ongoing value of first few X studies for COVID-19 in the Western Pacific Region
- COVID-19 in low-tolerance border quarantine systems: Impact of the Delta variant of SARS-CoV-2
- Rapid assessment of the risk of SARS-CoV-2 importation: case study and lessons learned
- Doherty Modelling–Final report to National Cabinet 5th November 2021
- Modelling testing and response strategies for COVID-19 outbreaks in remote Australian Aboriginal communities
- Optimal allocation of PCR tests to minimise disease transmission through contact tracing and quarantine
- Development of an influenza pandemic decision support tool linking situational analytics to national response policy
- Doherty Modelling Interim Report to National Cabinet 17th September 2021
- Doherty Modelling Report Revised 10th August 2021
- Doherty Modelling Report for National Cabinet 30 July 2021
- How should we conduct pandemic vaccination?
- Constructing an ethical framework for priority allocation of pandemic vaccines
- Priority allocation of pandemic influenza vaccines in Australia – Recommendations of 3 community juries
- A model of population dynamics with complex household structure and mobility: implications for transmission and control of communicable diseases
- Coronavirus disease model to inform transmission reducing measures and health system preparedness, Australia
- Early analysis of the Australian COVID-19 epidemic
- Early analysis of the Australian COVID-19 epidemic [preprint]
- Assessing the risk of spread of COVID-19 to the Asia Pacific region [preprint]
- Estimating temporal variation in transmission of COVID-19 and adherence to social distancing measures in Australia
- Estimating the case detection rate and temporal variation in transmission of COVID-19 in Australia
- Infectious disease pandemic planning and response: Incorporating decision analysis
- High burden of infectious disease and antibiotic use in early life in Australian Aboriginal communities
- Optimal timing of influenza vaccine during pregnancy: A systematic review and meta‐analysis
- Presentation – Opportunities for the Australian Partnership for Preparedness Research on Infectious Disease Emergencies (APPRISE) Centre for Research Excellence
- Is Australia prepared for the next pandemic?
- Developing research priorities for Australia’s response to infectious disease emergencies