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I’m a Scientist, Decipher my Data: Flu!

Decipher my data! Flu! is the first in a planned series of projects. The study is led by Dr Rob Aldridge working alongside a team at the Centre for Infectious Disease Epidemiology. We want to see if school illness absence data can provide a good warning system for spotting flu outbreaks.  The project aims to enable students to be part of and conduct real science experiments. To give them a chance to understand how science works in reality, to deal with real unadulterated data, to deal with ethical issues, to deal with peer review with reporting of results. One of the reasons we wanted to do this project was to show students that science doesn’t always produce a nice straight line or smooth curve and that quite often it doesn’t work at all! Last winter had the lowest incidence of flu on record and we learnt a lot about baseline illness data in schools but our results weren’t significant enough to publish. We’ve learnt some lessons about what went well and what didn’t go so well last time so we’re hoping this year the project will be bigger and better.

Dr Rob Aldridge is leading on the study. Andrew Hayward and Colette Smith are also collaborating and contributors.

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