DEPARTMENT OF MATHEMATICAL & STATISTICAL SCIENCES
UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA
  

MATHEMATICAL BIOLOGY SEMINAR
 

 

 

Disease transmission in human populations:  simple models of a complex system

 

Dr. James Watmough

Department of Mathematics and Statistics

University of New Brunswick

 

Tuesday December 9, 2003

3:00-4:00 p.m.

657 CAB

 

Abstract:

 

Over the past few months I have been repeatedly reminded that the backdrop for disease transmission in human populations is not a simple static grid, but a dynamic social network.  As with many other problems in ecology, plausable and interesting mechanisms abound, but data does not come cheap.  On one hand, easy access to cheap computational power allows us to study detailed models.  Yet, the lack of data reinforces the need for simple models. 

 

This work is supported by NSERC, Health Canada and MITACS.