October 16, 2014 at 7:15 pm

Seminar: ‘The Biology Behind Modeling of Vector-Borne Diseases,’ Oct. 16

The Mathematical Biology Seminar series presents Kara Finley on “The Biology Behind Modeling of Vector-Borne Diseases ” on Thursday, Oct. 16, from 5 to 5:45 p.m. in Morton 219 .

Abstract:  Vector-borne diseases account for more than 1 million preventable deaths per year and cause more than 17 percent of all infectious illnesses. Disease modeling of vector-borne diseases involves an inherent difficulty due to the addition of hosts’ life cycles, climate, and food source variables, requiring that biologists and mathematicians work together to better model the disease. Modeling allows epidemiologists to understand the process of infection and the effectiveness of implementing certain prevention procedures in the affected areas. The biology behind Malaria, Chagas disease, Leishmaniasis, and Dengue is presented in an effort to educate those wishing to pursue modeling in these areas.

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