A six-day short course focused on infectious disease epidemiology, titled “Introduction to Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Modelling,” took place from July 24th to July 31st, 2023, at the GH General Research Building, Sakamoto Campus, Nagasaki University. The event brought together infectious disease epidemiology researchers from both Japan and abroad, representing institutions such as Nagasaki University, the National Institute of Infectious Diseases, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, the University of North Carolina, and the Netherlands National Institute for Public Health and the Environment.
The course encompassed a series of lectures and special presentations, primarily conducted by young lecturers, while also facilitating group work among the participants. Conducted in English, the course boasted a multinational participant pool, including individuals from various regions of Asia and Africa. The overall attendance, both on-site and online, reached approximately 30 participants.
The course was meticulously designed to cater to beginners, providing them with fundamental concepts of infectious disease epidemiology. Simultaneously, the course delved into the latest advancements in mathematical modelling of infectious diseases—a topic of escalating significance in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The Infectious Disease Epidemiology team remains committed to such initiatives, aspiring to nurture individuals capable of making meaningful contributions to the fields of infectious disease and vaccine epidemiology in the years ahead.