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In June 2021 Professor Julia Gog OBE, Professor Paul Linden FRS and Professor Carola-Bibiane Schönlieb joined Professor Colm-Cille Caulfield, Head of the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, to discuss some of the ways in which mathematics is contributing to global healthcare.

This was the first in a new series of live online Faculty events for alumni, sharing insights and ideas from the wide range of Cambridge mathematics through informal discussion with the researchers involved. The webinar discussion was recorded on 23 June 2021, and includes a Q&A from the audience.



Meet the speakers

Professor Julia Gog OBE

Julia Gog is Professor of Mathematical Biology, with a research focus on the mathematics of infectious diseases. Throughout the pandemic, she has provided expert infectious disease modelling advice to the UK Government as a member of the Scientific Pandemic Influenza Group on Modelling (SPI-M), particularly on options for re-opening schools. Her work was recognised with an OBE in 2020, and she is co-lead of the UKRI-funded Joint University Pandemic and Epidemiological Research (JUNIPER) Consortium, which brings together leading mathematical and statistical modellers from seven UK universities.

You can read our recent interview with Julia Gog on her work with SPI-M and SAGE, and learn more about the 2018 BBC Pandemic project mentioned in the webinar in this feature article.

Professor Paul Linden FRS

Paul Linden is G. I. Taylor Professor Emeritus of Fluid Mechanics. As his citation upon election as a Fellow of the Royal Society put it, "he is world-renowned for his laboratory and theoretical analyses of fluid fluid flows relevant to oceanography, meteorology and environmental and industrial problems." Building on his pioneering work on modelling ventilation flows and air quality in and around complex buildings, he served as co-lead of Task 7 (Environmental and aerosols transmission) within the Royal Society’s Rapid Modelling of the Pandemic (RAMP) project.

Discover more about Paul Linden's recent RAMP work in the feature Clearing the air: making indoor spaces COVID safe.

Professor Carola-Bibiane Schönlieb

Carola-Bibiane Schönlieb is Professor of Applied Mathematics and the Head of the Cambridge Image Analysis Group. Among her many activities in applying rigorous computational analysis techniques to a wide range of topics, she is the Director of the EPSRC-funded Cambridge Mathematics of Information in Healthcare Hub (CMIH), which focuses on some of the most challenging public health problems of our time, including cancer, cardiovascular disease and dementia.

Read more about some of Carola-Bibiane Schönlieb's work in the feature article Artificial intelligence takes on COVID-19.