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
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.