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David Shaw

DPhil Student

David is a DPhil student who is jointly supervised by Professor Angela Brueggemann and Professor Daniel Wilson. He obtained his Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery degree (MBBCh) from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa, and a master's degree in Global Health Science and Epidemiology from Oxford Population Health.

David is a member of the Invasive Respiratory Infection Surveillance (IRIS) Consortium and is leading the statistical analyses of the data collected in this international prospective surveillance study. The IRIS Consortium aims to understand the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on rates of invasive bacterial diseases caused by Streptococcus pneumoniae, Haemophilus influenzae, Neisseria meningitidis, and Streptococcus agalactiae across a network of national reference microbiology laboratories in 30 countries.

IRIS investigates population-level changes in the distribution of invasive bacterial diseases by patient age, geographical region and bacterial serotype or serogroup. The findings have important implications for disease management, vaccine development and policy decisions. Additionally, the IRIS Consortium is analysing bacterial genomic data to gain insights into changes in the bacterial population structure that may have been driven by the pandemic, and the implication of these changes for current vaccination programmes.