Dr Jude Eze

Research Interests

My research interests are in the application of statistical methods in epidemiology and environmental sciences. I am particularly interested in spatial epidemiology covering the study of spatial patterns of disease risks and taking into cognisance spatial-specific risk factors and changes in disease risks through space and time. I am also interested in time series, multilevel analysis and design and analysis of surveys.

My PhD research was on HIV/AIDS Epidemic Models, conducted at the Department of Statistics of Glasgow University and supervised by Prof John McColl.  After my PhD in 2009, I continued as a Research Assistant in the same Department, working on a 3year NERC funded knowledge exchange project led by Prof Marian Scott. The project investigated trends in water quality over time and space; studied the drivers of the trends; the association between bathing water quality and health, and the effect of weather on health. I also worked briefly as part of the Interdisciplinary Quantitative Ecosystem Services Team (INQUEST) with the objective of studying ways of incorporating uncertainty in the Quantification of Ecosystem Services.

My current research areas include:

  • Bovine Viral Diarrhoea (BVD) risk factors, their likely effects on BVD  eradication and understanding grouping patterns of changes in farm BVD status over time
  • Zoonosis: Modelling ticks distribution and Lyme disease in Humans; Investigating cases of cryptosporidium in livestock and humans.
  • Analysis of pig health and welfare data
  • Application of statistical methods to livestock disease surveillance data especially to enable detection of unusual occurrences over space and time
  • Development of herd-level economic models to estimate the impact of fluke on production and assessment of gains resulting from various intervention strategies.

Research Projects

I joined the Epidemiology Research Unit of SRUC, Inverness, in June 2012. Some current and past projects are:

  • EPIC consortium: This is the Scottish Government’s Centre of Expertise on Animal Disease Outbreaks. Currently working on Topic 3: Improving veterinary surveillance
  • RESAS: WP 2.2 – Evaluation of Livestock Health and Animal disease epidemiology
  • MossVets: Comparison of prevalence of abattoir conditions - Pig Health Schemes UK.
  •  BBSRC: Improving Control of liver fluke infection in cattle in the UK.
  • LymeMAP: European Space Agency funded project aimed at developing a spatially up-to-date health management system for Lyme disease.
  • UIF KTE LymeApp: Universities Innovation Fund project aimed at disseminating key messages related to Lyme disease, ticks (as pathogen vectors), disease prevention, control measures and understanding risk maps to young students; development of digital KE resources for Lyme disease prevention in Scotland
  • Theme 6: WP 6.1- Measurement and Monitoring to Enhance Livestock Health.  
  • BPEX Health and Welfare Monitoring: the development of tools and/or strategies for the provision of baseline data and ongoing monitoring of health and welfare status in the pig industry of England.
  • Premium Cattle Health Scheme: Investigation of the duration of time till herd accreditation and the impact of losing accreditation due to a particular disease

Teaching

  • Delivery of KT projects on the real life applications of maths in science and the workplace to secondary school pupils.
  • Delivery of Statistics courses to staff and students of NHS Highland.

Consultancy

I provide statistical advice to the staff and students of NHS Highland.

Selected Publications

  • Correia-Gomes C, Eze JI, Borobia-Belsué J, Tucker AW, Sparrow D, Strachan DW, Gunn GJ. (2017). Voluntary Monitoring Systems for Pig Health and Welfare in the UK: comparative analysis of prevalence and temporal patterns of selected non-respiratory post mortem conditions. Preventive Veterinary Medicine 2017, 146, 1-9.
  • Correia-Gomes, C., Smith, R.P., Eze, J.I., Henry, M.K., Gunn, G.J., Williamson, S. and Tongue, S.C. Pig abattoir inspection data: Can it be used for surveillance purposes? PLoS ONE, 11(8): e0161990. ISSN 1932-6203. August 2016.
  • Eze, J.I, Correia-Gomes, C, Borobia-Belsue, J, Tucker, AW, Sparrow, D, Strachan, DW, Gunn, GJ. “Comparison of Respiratory Disease Prevalence among Voluntary Monitoring Systems for Pig Health and Welfare in the UK”. PLoSONE 2015, Volume 10, Issue 5, http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0128137
  • Eze J.I, Scott M, Pollock KG, Stidson R, Miller CA, Lee D. The effect of Weather and Bathing Water Quality on the incidence of gastrointestinal illness in the west of Scotland. Journal of Epidemiology and Infections, Epidemiology & Infection, Volume 142 Issue 06. June 2014, pp 1289 - 1299
  • Leat E, Bourgeon S, Eze J.I, Muir D, Williamson M, Bustnes JO, Borga K. Perfluorinated compounds (PFCs) in eggs and plasma of an avian top predator, great skua Stercorarius skua, in the North Atlantic. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry,  2013 Mar;32(3):569-76
  • Eze J.I, Scott M, Adrian B, Hallard M, Miller C, Lee D.  Spatiotemporal Modelling of Nitrate and Orthophosphate Concentrations in Aquatic Ecosystems. Journal of Environment and Ecology. Vol. 3, No. 1. December 2012

Dr Jude Eze

Quantitative Scientist

Address: Future Farming Systems
Epidemiology Research Unit
Plot 10, An Lòchran
Inverness Campus
Inverness
IV2 5NA

Telephone: 01463 246058

Fax: 01463 236579

E-mail: jude.eze@sruc.ac.uk