Dr Wu, Joseph Tsz Kei 胡子祺
Joseph Wu leads the infectious disease modeling research in the HKU School of Public Health. His primary research is in influenza epidemiology and control, particularly focusing on pandemic preparedness and response. He received his PhD in Operations Research from MIT in 2003 and BS in Chemical Engineering from MIT in 1999. His work primarily entails developing mathematical models to assess the potential benefits and resource requirement of mitigation and surveillance strategies for influenza epidemics. Past projects include assessing the effectiveness of household-based public health interventions (1), optimizing prepandemic vaccine allocation (2), minimizing the threat of antiviral resistance (3), assessing the feasibility of organized convalescent plasma therapy program (4), and inferring the underlying dynamics of epidemics from surveillance data (5, 6), and evaluating serologic surveillance for real-time estimation of severity (5, 7, 8). Since human infections of avian influenza A/H7N9 first appeared in China in 2013, he has been working closely with the China CDC on the risk assessment and management of the A/H7N9 epidemic, e.g. evaluating the clinical severity of human infections of A/H7N9 (9) and the impact of live poultry market closure on the incidence of human cases of A/H7N9 (10). Besides influenza, he is currently working on the health economic evaluation of EV71 vaccination in China and HPV vaccination in Hong Kong.
In 2014, he led the production of HKU's first Massive Open Online Courseware (MOOC) called Epidemics which had more than 10,000 enrollees on the edX platform. He is a member of the Scientific Committee for the Center for Health Protection in Hong Kong. He is an affiliated faculty member of the Center for Communicable Diseases Dynamics (CCDD) at the Harvard School of Public Health. He is the coordinator of the annual CCDD infectious disease modeling short course which aims to provide public health professionals an overview of the principles and applications of infectious disease modeling. This course has been hosted in Hong Kong, Beijing, Bangkok and KL in the past few years. He is an associate editor of the American Journal of Epidemiology.
|Awardees||Award Date||Honours / Awards / Prizes||Category|
|2007-09-29||Most Promising Young Researcher Award, Food and Health Bureau, HKSAR Government, Hong Kong||Research Achievement|
|2014-11-01||Faculty Outstanding Research Output Award 2014: Yu H.J., Cowling B.J., Feng L.Z., Lau E.H.Y., Liao Q.H., Tsang K.L., Peng Z.B., Wu P., Liu F.F., Fang J., Zhang H.L., Li M., Zeng L.J., Xu Z., Li Z.J., Luo H.M., Li Q., Feng Z.J., Cao B., Yang W.Z., Wu J.T.K., Wang Y. and Leung G.M., Human infection with avian influenza A H7N9 virus: An assessment of clinical severity, Lancet. 2013, 382(9887):138-45.||Research Achievement|
|2014-12-01||Research Output Prize 2014: Yu H, Wu JT, Cowling BJ, Liao Q, Fang VJ, Zhou S, Wu P, Zhou H, Lau EH, Guo D, Ni MY, Peng Z, Feng L, Jiang H, Luo H, Li Q, Feng Z, Wang Y, Yang W, Leung GM. Effect of closure of live poultry markets on poultry-to-person transmission of avian influenza A H7N9 virus: an ecological study. Lancet. 2014; 383(9916): 541-8.: The University of Hong Kong||Research Achievement|
|Term Period||Position||Professional Societies|
|2011-Present||Internal reviewer for RGC GRF||Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine, The University of Hong Kong|
|2016-Present||Member||Technical Working Group for WHO Public Health Research Agenda for Influenza, World Health Organization|
|2006-Present||Scientific Committee||Advanced Data Analysis and Disease Modeling, Center for Health Protection, Hong Kong SAR|
|2010-Present||Grant Review Board||Health and Medical Research Fund, Food and Health Bureau, Hong Kong SAR|
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