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Sponsored by
  • PIMS
  • MPrime
  • CDM
  • University of Alberta



We invite you to participate in the 2012 PIMS-MPrime-CDM Summer School on Mathematical Modeling of Infectious Diseases at the University of Alberta. This is the continuation of summer school series organized Centre on Disease Modeling (CDM) team (formerly known as the NCE-MITACS team on Transmission Dynamics and Spatial Spread of Infectious Diseases: Modelling, Prediction and Control).

The purpose of the summer school is to provide effective training for collaborative research in infectious diseases based on mathematical modeling and qualitative analysis. Our goal is two-fold: to educate mathematically trained students how to address issues of great importance in disease control and prevention, and to educate public health students and researchers why and how mathematical modeling tools are useful for public health research. It is our hope that the summer school will prepare students who wish to work as modelers in a public health environment, and to help public health people and mathematical modelers to learn a language in which they can communicate with one another.

The scientific program of the summer school consists of a variety of formats:

  1. Short Courses These are lectures on the following subjects:
    • Mathematical basics
    • Statistical methods for data analysis and parameter estimation
    • Basic medical epidemiology
    • Deterministic models
    • Stochastic models
    • Network models
    • Geo-simulation models

  2. Case Studies These are lectures that focus on modeling analysis of specific diseases including
    • Pandemic influenza
    • West-Nile virus
    • HIV/AIDS
    • Tuberculosis

  3. Public Lectures These are lectures given by distinguished scientists and mathematical modelers on broader issues related to mathematical modeling and public health.
  4. Group projects Participants will be working in groups on assigned research projects. Group projects are an essential part of the School. They are designed to provide participants with hands-on research experience and to apply the knowledge they have learned during the School. To facilitate cross-discipline communication and collaboration, each group will consist 4-5 students with different academic background.

To participate, please register using the online registration form. Space is limited and we encourage you to apply early. A limited number of scholarships are available to graduate student participants to cover their lodging and meal expense. Apply online using the registration form.

Hope to see you in Edmonton.

Organizing Committee