Dr Kat Rock
University of Warwick
My research interests lie within modelling and decision analysis for vector-borne infections - in particular human African trypanosomiasis and visceral leishmaniasis.
Previous modelling experience:
Modelling has been performed in:
The focus of my previous gHAT modelling has been in the Democractic Republic of Congo and Chad.
Interested in scoping existing and potential capabilities:
Human African trypanosomiasis (sleeping sickness), Visceral leishmaniasis
Transmission dynamics, Vector dynamics, Health economics
Differential equation models, Stochastic compartmental models, Decision-analytic models, Statistical inference
I have a background in Mathematics, acquiring an MMath and subsequent PhD in Mathematical Epidemiology. My research focus is on developing and analysing mathematical models of vector-borne infections including assessment of underlying epidemiology as well as model predictions of the impact of future strategies. I have worked on both visceral leishmaniasis and gambiense human African trypanosomiasis (HAT). Currently I lead the HAT Modelling and Economic Predictions for Policy (HAT MEPP) project - an international modelling and health economic project funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) - designed to support on-going local interventions. I also work under the NTD Modelling Consortium (also funded by BMGF), as part of the team modelling HAT, where there is a focus on refining models to answer critical questions about how we can best work to meet the 2030 elimination goal and measure our success.