Bridging the scales of disease dynamics 2006

  • Start Date: 09/27/2006
  • End Date: 09/30/2006

University of British Columbia


The ongoing HIV pandemic, the brief SARS epidemic of 2003 and recurrent
fears of a serious influenza outbreak have raised public consciousness
of issues surrounding the behaviour and evolution of infectious
diseases as they spread through a population. Theoretical/mathematical
analysis of infectious disease has become organized around two key
scales: First, understanding epidemics across populations of individual
hosts, and second, understanding the disease progression within one
such host. At the larger scale, models are informed by epidemiological
data and sociological notions of host population structure and the
frequency of infectious contacts between such hosts. At the scale of a
single host, models often rely on experimental data obtained from
patients, and from in vitro and in vivo laboratory experiments.

This workshop will provide a forum for presentation of leading-edge
research focused on disease dynamics at both population and host scales
as well as from scientists working to understand the interaction of the
scales on the behaviour and evolution of infectious disease.
Applications to clinically important diseases will be stressed. The
overall goal of the workshop is to bring a broader perspective to
understanding the behaviour and evolution of infectious diseases by
facilitating interactions between scientists working at these multiple
scales of inquiry.

This event is sponsored by the Pacific Institute for the
Mathematical Sciences (PIMS) and is part of the activities of the PIMS
collaborative research group on Mathematical Modelling and Computation
in Biology.