Dr Anne Cori
Dr Cori is a mathematical and statistical modeller at the Medical Research Council (MRC) Centre for Global Infectious Disease Analysis at Imperial College London. Her research interests lie in developing statistical methods to understand the dynamics of epidemics and inform control policies, using a range of data. She has worked on a variety of infections including Ebola, MERS, influenza, SARS, and HIV.
When working on acute infections, she is particularly interested in developing methods that can be used in real time, for a broad range of pathogens, to quickly characterise their transmissibility, detect potential changes in transmission patterns over time and space, and predict possible outbreak trajectories under a range of control measures.
She is the author of the R package EpiEstim, which allows estimating the transmissibility of a pathogen in real time during an outbreak. We used this tool extensively during the 2013-16 West African Ebola epidemic but also in the more recent Ebola outbreaks in DRC, to quantify the transmissibility at various points in the outbreak, forecast future incidence, and assess the impact of control measures.
The West African Ebola Outbreak has highlighted the need for other tools, to clean outbreak data and analyse it to inform policy in a timely and robust manner. I am currently involved in a range of projects trying to address these gaps, many of which are under the umbrella of the R Epidemics CONsortium.