|Universiteit Faculteit FNWI English version||3 november 2008, e-mail|
Woensdag 12 november 2008
AbstractMathematical reasoning plays an essential role in efforts to gain insight into the dynamics, spread and control of infectious diseases in populations. One example of the value of mathematics in this context is the idea of threshold behaviour in dynamic systems.
I will present a diverse range of examples where these ideas play a role and highlight the biological insights gained. Examples will touch on different diseases (e.g. pandemic influenza, smallpox, plague, rubella, West Nile virus, tick-borne infections) and different questions (e.g. emerging human transmissibility, explaining epidemic data, vaccination effects, influence of climate change).
The mathematics in the lecture will be kept to a basic level, allowing non-mathematicians to participate.