Professor James McCaw
I am Professor of Mathematical Biology and a past Australian Research Council Future Fellow (2011-15) at the University of Melbourne. I hold a split appointment between the School of Mathematics and Statistics and the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health. I also hold an honorary appointment at the Doherty Institute. My interests lie in the application of mathematics and computation to a broad range of problems in infectious diseases biology, epidemiology and public health.
I am a chief investigator on the recently announced NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence, Supporting participatory evidence generation to control transmissible diseases in our region using modelling (SPECTRUM). The centre will provide continued support for infectious diseases modelling capacity development in Australia and the region. SPECTRUM builds on the research and capacity delivered by the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence for Policy Relevant Infectious Disease Simulation and Mathematical Modelling (PRISM2), which ran from 2015 - 2019. I am also a chief investigator of ACREME, the NHMRC funded Australian Centre of Research Excellence in Malaria Elimination.
If you are interested in working or studying in my group, please contact me.
With Professor Jodie McVernon, I am contributing to Australia's response to the COVID-19 pandemic through provision of advice to key national committees. I am an expert member of the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee. We are guiding a team of nearly 40 modellers, epidemiologists and biostatisticians. If you are thinking about how you might be able to contribute, please do get in touch.
Reports and research released on the Peter Doherty Institute website
[20 April 2020] Early analysis of the Australian COVID-19 epidemic
Media and other contributions
[2 December 2020] Interview on ABC 7.30: COVID-19 risks
[19 October 2020] Interview on ABC 7.30: COVID normal
[28 September 2020] Interview on ABC 7.30: Victorian COVID roadmap
[12 September 2020] Virus modelling far from perfect, The Australian Opinion
[28 August 2020] Special Guest on ABC The Virus Podcast
[14 August 2020] Panel member, National Science Week Launch: The STEM experts guiding Australia’s Covid-19 success give behind-the-scenes insights for National Science Week, Science & Technology Australia
[22 July 2020] Interview on ABC 7.30: Record number of new COVID-19 cases
[3 July 2020] Special Guest on ABC The Virus Podcast
[1 July 2020] Interview on ABC 7.30: COVID-19 Victorian update
[22 June 2020] Interview on ABC 7.30: COVID-19 in Australia
[22 June 2020] Special Guest on Channel 9’s Today Show
[18 May 2020] Interview on ABC 7.30: Easing coronavirus restrictions
[19 April 2020] Special Guest on 3RRR Radiotherapy: COVID-19
With our collaborators at DST Group, Rob Moss and I have been awarded the CivSec 2018 Innovation Award for Disaster Relief, Emergency Management and Humanitarian Services and the overall CivSec 2018 National Innovation Award for Civil Security for our outbreak detection and epidemic forecasting work.
I have been promoted to Professor and also now hold an honorary appointment at the Doherty Institute.
ACREME, the NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in Malaria Elimination, on which I am an investigator, was announced this week, led by Professor Stephen Rogerson at the Doherty Institute. We'll be looking to hire new staff in 2018 to deliver on a 5-year program of research combining clinical, therapeutic, diagnostic, mathematical and epidemiological approaches, so contact me if you are interested in hearing more.
With Associate Professor Julie Simpson, Dr Federico Frascoli (Swinburne) and Associate Professor Jane Heffernan (York, Canada), I received an ARC Discovery Project "Mathematical and statistical methods for modelling invivo pathogen dynamics" (2017 - 19). The grant will support our research on within-host dynamics of influenza infection and pharmacokinetic-pharmacodynamic modelling for malaria.
With Professor Leann Tilley, I received the 2016 Australian Museum Eureka Prize for Infectious Diseases Research.