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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: https://youtu.be/yHJ7RSv6nio?t=5757

Raising the consumer and community voice

The Cancer Clinical Academic Group Management Committee has increased its consumer and community membership to three people. This recent change acknowledges the value of different perspectives and how lived experiences can strengthen the quality and relevance of health and medical research.

Reaching those who need it most with a COVID-19 message they can understand and act upon.

Maridul Budyari Gumal has joined forces with the NSW Multicultural Health Communication Service in consultation with NSW Health to create a series of 36 fact sheets containing medical advice and instructions covering Arthritis, Asthma, Cardiovascular Health, Diabetes and Stroke translated into Arabic, Chinese, Chinese (Standard and Simplified), Greek, Italian and Vietnamese.

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.