Lorna R. Marsden Honour Court and Welcome Centre
York University, 4700 Keele Street, Toronto, ON M3J 1P3
Please join us for the Knowledge & Networking Breakfast Forum on Thursday October 30th from 7:30am - 10:00am, lobby of the Life Sciences Building as we discuss Modelling the Spread of Disease: the Intersection of Mathematics and Life Sciences
Where: York University, Life Sciences Building 4700 Keele Street, Toronto (click here to see a map)
When: Thursday, October 30th, 2014
7:30 am - Registration/ Breakfast
8:00 am - 9:30 am - Presentations
9:30 am – 10:00 am – Networking
Following the breakfast, a tour will be offered of York's Life Sciences Building for those who are interested.
Speakers & Topic:
Modelling the Spread of Disease: The Intersection of Mathematics and Life Science
Ayman Chit, Director, Health Economics, Modeling and Market Access, North America at Sanofi Pasteur
Jane Heffernan, Professor of Mathematics; Director, Centre for Disease Modeling
Mathematical epidemiology has a long history. Whether the pathogen is Ebola, West Nile Virus, AIDS or Dengue, mathematical modelling of infectious diseases evaluates the agent-host-environment interface and measures intervention impacts. Modelling the spread of disease serves an important function to policy makers, the broader health care sector, the pharmaceutical industry, academic researchers and the public. In recent years increasingly complex and biologically relevant models have been developed, usually aided by computer simulations making use of demographic and disease incidence data and factoring in new medical treatments, evolutionary dynamics and new patterns of social behavior, including travel. These models have become important for influencing the design of infection control programs for both emerging and re-emerging diseases.
Many challenging problems remain, but the tools for managing data and modelling the impacts of intervention are also becoming more numerous, giving us reason for optimism. This breakfast will feature short talks and a Q&A time with Ayman Chit, Director, Health Economics, Modeling and Market Access, North America at Sanofi Pasteur and Jane Heffernan, Associate Professor in Mathematics & Statistics and Director of the Centre for Disease Modelling at York University.
There is no charge for this event, please register online.