A/Professor James Wood

Associate Professor, program lead for ‘mathematical modelling’.
Dr James Wood is an applied mathematician with interests across a broad range from evolutionary and immunological processes to cost-effectivenesss evaluations for disease interventions. He completed his honours degree and PhD at the University of Queensland (both in mathematical physics). His primary application area is vaccine preventable diseases but he also has interests in tuberculosis and resistance in bacterial infections more broadly.
He has published over 40 papers in international journals, focussing on the impact and cost-effectiveness of vaccines on epidemiology, along with research related disease elimination and parameter estimation (particularly for measles). He was previously quite involved in research in emerging infections (particularly planning for influenza pandemics). His current interests are particularly in integrating genetic and immunologic elements into epidemiological models to account for trends in pathogen resistance and declining population immunity, with applications to infections such as pertussis, gonorrhea, tuberculosis and measles.
Current funded projects: 
James is a CI on a 2015- funded NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence (Prism^2) in infectious disease modelling headed by A/Prof Jodie McVernon of University of Melbourne. Look out for postdoc announcements and workshops connected with this centre.
James is a CI on 2 current Australian grants (NHRMC/ARC) led by Dr Anthony Newall of UNSW looking at economic evaluation of pneumococcal and rotavirus vaccines.
James is on a CI on 2 major NHMRC funded trials of Tuberculosis screening interventions in Vietnam led by Professor Guy Marks. He is also an AI on the Tuberculosis CRE http://tbcre.org.au/ 
Potential research students: Students with a strong quantitative background and interest in population dynamics of infectious diseases should contact me by email (james.wood@unsw.edu.au).
Current student projects (with Dr David Regan of the Kirby Insitute UNSW)
Using mathematical modelling to evaluate antimicrobial stewardship strategies for minimising the impact of multi-drug resistant gonorrhoea in Australia (PhD)



Journal articles

Reyes JF;Wood JG;Beutels P;Macartney K;McIntyre P;Menzies R;Mealing N;Newall AT, 2017, 'Beyond expectations: Post-implementation data shows rotavirus vaccination is likely cost-saving in Australia', Vaccine, vol. 35, pp. 345 - 352, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.vaccine.2016.11.056

Wu Y;Wood J;Khandaker G;Waddington C;Snelling T, 2016, 'Informing rubella vaccination strategies in East Java, Indonesia through transmission modelling', Vaccine, vol. 34, pp. 5636 - 5642, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.vaccine.2016.09.010

Stehling-Ariza T;Rosewell A;Moiba SA;Yorpie BB;Ndomaina KD;Jimissa KS;Leidman E;Rijken DJ;Basler C;Wood J;Manso D, 2016, 'The impact of active surveillance and health education on an Ebola virus disease cluster - Kono District, Sierra Leone, 2014-2015', BMC Infectious Diseases, vol. 16, http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12879-016-1941-0

Dirmesropian S;Wood JG;MacIntyre CR;Beutels P;Newall AT, 2016, 'Economic Evaluation of Vaccination Programmes in Older Adults and the Elderly: Important Issues and Challenges', PharmacoEconomics, vol. 34, pp. 723 - 731, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s40273-016-0393-0

Newall AT;Reyes JF;McIntyre P;Menzies R;Beutels P;Wood JG, 2016, 'Retrospective economic evaluation of childhood 7-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccination in Australia: Uncertain herd impact on pneumonia critical', Vaccine, vol. 34, pp. 320 - 327, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.vaccine.2015.11.053

Regan DG;Wood JG;Benevent C;Ali H;Smith LW;Robertson PW;Ferson MJ;Fairley CK;Donovan B;Law MG, 2016, 'Estimating the critical immunity threshold for preventing hepatitis A outbreaks in men who have sex with men', Epidemiology and Infection, vol. 144, pp. 1528 - 1537, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0950268815002605

Onyango LA;Quinn C;Tng KH;Wood JG;Leslie G, 2015, 'A Study of Failure Events in Drinking Water Systems As a Basis for Comparison and Evaluation of the Efficacy of Potable Reuse Schemes.', Environ Health Insights, vol. 9, pp. 11 - 18, http://dx.doi.org/10.4137/EHI.S31749

Dirmesropian S;Wood JG;Macintyre CR;Newall AT, 2015, 'A review of economic evaluations of 13-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV13) in adults and the elderly', Human Vaccines and Immunotherapeutics, vol. 11, pp. 818 - 825, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/21645515.2015.1011954

Wood JG;Goeyvaerts N;Raina MacIntyre C;Menzies RI;McIntyre PB;Hens N, 2015, 'Estimating vaccine coverage from serial trivariate serologic data in the presence of waning immunity', Epidemiology, vol. 26, pp. 381 - 389, http://dx.doi.org/10.1097/eDe.0000000000000278

Korostil IA;Wood JG;Regan DG, 2015, 'Periodicity of varicella-zoster virus in the presence of immune boosting and clinical reinfection with varicella', Theoretical Biology and Medical Modelling, vol. 12, http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12976-015-0002-5

Begun M;Newall AT;Marks GB;Wood JG, 2015, 'Revisiting Styblo's law: Could mathematical models aid in estimating incidence from prevalence data?', Epidemiology and Infection, vol. 143, pp. 1556 - 1565, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0950268814002428

Rashid H;Ridda I;King C;Begun M;Tekin H;Wood JG;Booy R, 2015, 'Evidence compendium and advice on social distancing and other related measures for response to an influenza pandemic', Paediatric Respiratory Reviews, vol. 16, pp. 119 - 126, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.prrv.2014.01.003

Wood JG;Heywood AE;Menzies RI;McIntyre PB;MacIntyre CR, 2015, 'Predicting localised measles outbreak potential in Australia', Vaccine, vol. 33, pp. 1176 - 1181, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.vaccine.2014.12.071

Davey HM;Muscatello DJ;Wood JG;Snelling TL;Ferson MJ;Macartney KK, 2014, 'Impact of high coverage of monovalent human rotavirus vaccine on Emergency Department presentations for rotavirus gastroenteritis', Vaccinehttp://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.vaccine.2015.01.082

Gao Z;Wood JG;Gidding HF;Newall AT;Menzies RI;Wang H;McIntyre PB;Macintyre CR, 2014, 'Control of varicella in the post-vaccination era in Australia: A model-based assessment of catch-up and infant vaccination strategies for the future', Epidemiology and Infection, vol. 760, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0950268814002222

Gardner LM;Rey D;Heywood AE;Toms R;Wood J;Travis Waller S;Raina Macintyre C, 2014, 'A Scenario-Based Evaluation of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus and the Hajj', Risk Analysishttp://dx.doi.org/10.1111/risa.12253

Chiew M;Dey A;McIntyre P;Gidding HF;Wood J;Martin N;Davis S, 2014, 'Estimation du taux de reproduction efficace de la rougeole en Australie à partir de données de notification de routine', Bulletin of the World Health Organization, vol. 92, pp. 171 - 177, http://dx.doi.org/10.2471/BLT.13.125724

Newall AT;Reyes JF;Wood JG;Beutels P;McIntyre P;Menzies R, 2014, 'Economic evaluations of implemented vaccination programmes: key methodological challenges in retrospective analyses', Vaccinehttp://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.vaccine.2013.11.067

Narasimhan P;Wood J;Macintyre CR;Mathai D, 2013, 'Risk factors for tuberculosis', Pulmonary Medicinehttp://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/828939

Horner J;Wood JG;Kelly A, 2013, 'Public health in/as 'national security': Tuberculosis and the contemporary regime of border control in Australia', Critical Public Health, vol. 23, pp. 418 - 431, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09581596.2013.824068

Begun M;Newall AT;Marks GB;Wood JG, 2013, 'Contact Tracing of Tuberculosis: A Systematic Review of Transmission Modelling Studies', PLoS ONE, vol. 8, http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0072470

Newall AT;Dehollain JP;Creighton P;Beutels P;Wood JG, 2013, 'Understanding the cost-effectiveness of influenza vaccination in children: Methodological choices and seasonal variability', PharmacoEconomics, vol. 31, pp. 693 - 702, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s40273-013-0060-7

Dafilis MP;Frascoli F;Wood JG;McCaw JM, 2012, 'The influence of increasing life expectancy on the dynamics of sirs systems with immuneâ boosting', ANZIAM Journal, vol. 54, pp. 50 - 63, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S1446181113000023

Alcock J;Mollee T;Wood J, 2011, 'Volatile earnings growth, the price of earnings and the Value premium', QUANTITATIVE FINANCE, vol. 11, pp. 805 - 815, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14697680903207163

Newall AT;Creighton P;Philp DJ;Wood JG;MacIntyre CR, 2011, 'The potential cost-effectiveness of infant pneumococcal vaccines in Australia', Vaccine, vol. 29, pp. 8077 - 8085, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.vaccine.2011.08.050

Newall AT;Viboud C;Wood JG, 2010, 'Influenza-attributable mortality in Australians aged more than 50 years: A comparison of different modelling approaches', Epidemiology and Infection, vol. 138, pp. 836 - 842, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S095026880999118X

Newall AT;Wood JG;Oudin N;MacIntyre CR, 2010, 'Cost-effectiveness of pharmaceutical-based pandemic influenza mitigation strategies', Emerging Infectious Diseases, vol. 16, pp. 224 - 230, http://dx.doi.org/10.3201/eid1602.090571

Gao Z;Gidding HF;Wood JG;Macintyre CR, 2010, 'Modelling the impact of one-dose vs. two-dose vaccination regimens on the epidemiology of varicella zoster virus in Australia', Epidemiology and Infection, vol. 138, pp. 457 - 468, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0950268809990860

Wood JG;Gidding HF;Heywood A;Macartney K;McIntyre PB;MacIntyre CR, 2009, 'Potential impacts of schedule changes, waning immunity and vaccine uptake on measles elimination in Australia', Vaccine, vol. 27, pp. 313 - 318, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.vaccine.2008.09.095

Maclntyre CR;Cauchemez S;Dwyer DE;Seale H;Cheung P;Browne G;Fasher M;Wood J;Gao Z;Booy R;Ferguson N, 2009, 'Face mask use and control of respiratory virus transmission in households', Emerging Infectious Diseases, vol. 15, pp. 233 - 241, http://dx.doi.org/10.3201/eid1502.081167

Wood J;McCaw J;Becker N;Nolan T;MacIntyre CR, 2009, 'Optimal dosing and dynamic distribution of vaccines in an influenza pandemic', American Journal of Epidemiology, vol. 169, pp. 1517 - 1524, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/aje/kwp072

McCaw JM;Wood JG;McBryde ES;Nolan TM;Wu JT;Lipsitch M;McVernon J, 2009, 'Understanding Australia's influenza pandemic policy on the strategic use of the antiviral drug stockpile', Medical Journal of Australia, vol. 191, pp. 136 - 137

Wood J;MacIntyre R;MacArtney K, 2008, 'Assessing varicella vaccine efficacy', Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal, vol. 27, pp. 190, http://dx.doi.org/10.1097/INF.0b013e31816166f8

McCaw JM;Wood JG;McCaw CT;McVernon J, 2008, 'Impact of emerging antiviral drug resistance on influenza containment and spread: Influence of subclinical infection and strategic use of a stockpile containing one or two drugs', PLoS ONE, vol. 3, http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0002362

Newall AT;Wood JG;MacIntyre CR, 2008, 'Influenza-related hospitalisation and death in Australians aged 50 years and older', Vaccine, vol. 26, pp. 2135 - 2141, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.vaccine.2008.01.051

Wood JG;Zamani N;Raina MacIntyre C;Becker NG, 2007, 'Effects of internal border control on spread of pandemic influenza', Emerging Infectious Diseases, vol. 13, pp. 1038 - 1045

Gidding HF;Wood J;MacIntyre CR;Kelly H;Lambert SB;Gilbert GL;McIntyre PB, 2007, 'Sustained measles elimination in Australia and priorities for long term maintenance', Vaccine, vol. 25, pp. 3574 - 3580, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.vaccine.2007.01.090

Newall AT;Beutels P;Wood JG;Edmunds WJ;MacIntyre CR, 2007, 'Cost-effectiveness analyses of human papillomavirus vaccination', Lancet Infectious Diseases, vol. 7, pp. 289 - 296, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S1473-3099(07)70083-X

Newall AT;Beutels P;Macartney K;Wood J;MacIntyre CR, 2007, 'The cost-effectiveness of rotavirus vaccination in Australia', Vaccine, vol. 25, pp. 8851 - 8860, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.vaccine.2007.10.009

Conference Papers

Newall AT;Reyes J;Wood JG;McIntyre PB;Menzies R;Beutels P, 2014, 'NOT AS EASY AS IT SOUNDS: CHALLENGES IN ASSESSING THE VALUE FOR MONEY OF IMPLEMENTED VACCINATION PROGRAMS', in VALUE IN HEALTH, ELSEVIER SCIENCE INC, pp. A186 - A186, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000341082001146&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a


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To reduce the immunisation gap between adults and children through research, teaching and advocacy, with a special focus on the elderly, high risk and vulnerable populations.

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