Dr Oliver Brady

Assistant Professor and Henry Wellcome Fellow
Oliver.Brady [at] lshtm.ac.uk

Oliver's main area of expertise lies in the macro-scale modelling and mapping of vector-borne diseases with a particular focus on arboviruses including dengue, zika, yellow fever and chikungunya.

Originally trained as a biologist, he undertook a DPhil in the global epidemiology of dengue at the University of Oxford under Prof. Simon Hay. In 2017 he began a Henry Wellcome Fellowship as part of a growing group of arbovirus modellers at LSHTM.

Oliver's research aims to improve how diseases are controlled by identifying and estimating gaps in disease surveillance to reveal their true burden of disease.

Past projects have included estimating the global distribution and burden of different arboviruses (dengue, Zika, chikungunya) as well as understanding the role of their principle mosquito vectors (Ae. aegypti and Ae. albopictus) in their spread. This involves the use of advanced statistical and mathematical modelling techniques to map vector-borne diseases including how they vary over time in response to environmental changes.

These methods also have broad applications in predicting and preventing emerging infectious disease spread from understanding how to stop a dengue outbreak in an urban mega city to preventing intercontinental spread.

He leads the following ongoing projects:

  • Estimating the burden of dengue chikungunya and Zika in Latin America. Wellcome trust Henry Wellcome Fellowship 
  • ZIKAlliance (https://zikalliance.tghn.org) global Zika consortium, mapping and modelling work package. EU Horizon 2020 
  • Estimating the impact of Wolbachia scale up in Indonesia. Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Dengue early warning systems in Vietnam. UK Space agency