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Mikael Ashorn

I am PhD student researching the impacts of floods and tropical storms on infectious diseases. My main aim is to create a model able to predict the spread of these diseases after such disasters.

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Affiliated as doctoral student at Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine Units: Section of Sustainable Health
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6B, målpunkt R41, plan 4, Norrlands universitetssjukhus Umeå universitet, by1a, B41, NUS, 901 85 Umeå

My research, mainly the PhD, aims to first quantify the impacts of floods and tropical storms on infectious diseases (especially those that are vector-borne) and to potentially establish lag-times between the events and the diseases. Eventually, we aim to create a model which would be able to predict the spread of relevant diseases in vulnerable coastal communities.

Which question do you think is scientifically most exciting?

I am really interested in what are the relevant factors contributing to the vulnerability to the spread of certain diseases in the aftermath of hydro-metereological disasters. I am also fascinated by the fact that the spread of said diseases can, potentially, be predicted before the event happens and turns into a disaster, thus helping resource-prioritization.

How do you think the results can be used in society?

Creating a model that could successfully predict the spread of a disease, would potentially enable us to better direct the scarce resources into prevention and during the response of epidemics, thus saving resources and lives. My PhD serves only as a starting ground with a limited amount of diseases and locations, but hopefully in the future this knowledge could be used to build better models which would encompass a more diseases and locations, making disaster response more accurate.

 

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