Ms Yvette Montcho (PhD student) and Dr Bruno Lokonon (Post-Doc) have started a research stay at the University of Freiburg in the frame of the HRH-SEMCA. For three months (04.07.2022 to 30.09.2022), they will stay at the Institute of Medical Biometry and Statistics, where they will conduct their research under Prof Martin Wolkewitz’s supervision.
During the stay, Ms Yvette Montcho will work on the impacts of non-pharmaceutical interventions on COVID-19 dynamics in Germany. She will use a mechanistic approach to assess to what extent non-pharmaceutical interventions have reduced the spread of SARS-COV-2 in Germany and to evaluate the timing of non-pharmaceutical interventions during the COVID-19 epidemic course in Germany.
On his side, Dr Bruno Lokonon will assess vaccination's impact on COVID-19 dynamics in Germany. He will use an extended SVEIRD model to analyze the effect of vaccination on the COVID-19 dynamics in Germany through analytical and numerical approaches.
These studies will contribute to handling the emergence of new epidemic diseases in the future.
The stay aims to improve the two researchers' background in modelling epidemics and also allow them to create long-lasting professional connections and network with young scientists from Germany.