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.
- 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
- Modelling the impact of COVID-19 in Australia to inform transmission reducing measures and health system preparedness
- Early analysis of the Australian COVID-19 epidemic
- Assessing the risk of spread of COVID-19 to the Asia Pacific region
- 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