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UNSW Wins International COVID-19 Data Science Competition

UNSW Sydney academics have been recognised for their open-source COVOID software built to model COVID-19 transmission and intervention strategies.

A team of UNSW academics from the Centre for Big Data Research in Health (CBDRH) in collaboration with the South Western Sydney Clinic School (SWSCS) have won CovidR, a global competition assessing the contributions of the R software platform to the COVID-19 pandemic.

CBDRH industry PhD Scholar Oisin Fitzgerald and Lecturer Dr Mark Hanly, joined by Senior Research Fellow at SWSCS Dr Tim Churches were awarded for their open-source COVOID software built to model COVID-19 transmission and intervention strategies.

COVOID stands for COVID-19 Opensource Infection Dynamics, and the software provides advanced simulation modelling capabilities for COVID-19 spread and control, focusing particularly on intervention scenarios to enable exploration of post-lockdown ‘exit strategies’ which are now so important in Australia and other countries.

Dr Mark Hanly presented an invited talk on the COVOID R package at the European R Users Meeting (eRUM) 2020.

A video of Dr Mark’s talk is available at this link:

Accelerating Healthcare Innovation during COVID-19+BEYOND

Maridulu Budyari Gumal SPHERE’s HealthHatchery and Frontiers Technology Clinical Academic Group have come together to accelerate healthcare innovation with the COVID-19 + BEYOND project.

Implementation Science Strategic Platform - Seed Grant Round 1  

The Implementation Science Strategic Platform recently awarded five $20,000 translational research seed grants. The grants aim to support academic and clinical multidisciplinary teams translate evidence into clinical practice using an implementation science framework. Mentoring new and emerging implementation scientists was also a priority for this round of funding.

Announcement of New Chair for Maridulu Budyari Gumal, the Sydney Partnership for Health, Education, Research and Enterprise (SPHERE) Council

In our latest news, we are pleased to announce that Ms Amanda Larkin, Chief Executive South Western Sydney Local Health District will be taking over as the Chair of SPHERE Council at the August 2020 meeting. Professor Ian Jacobs, Vice Chancellor and President of UNSW will be stepping down from the Chair after 4 years of outstanding leadership. We thank Professor Jacobs for his vision, expertise, generosity, energy and great poise in guiding the formation and development of our academic health science partnership. We look forward to Ms Larkin leading us into the next exciting phase of our partnership.