UBC Math Bio Seminar: Jennifer Flegg (Online)

  • Date: 07/29/2020
  • Time: 13:50
Jennifer Flegg, University of Melbourne



Mathematical modelling of the emergence and spread of antimalarial drug resistance [video]


Malaria is a leading cause of death in many low-income countries despite being preventable, treatable and curable. One of the major roadblocks to malaria elimination is the emergence and spread of antimalarial drug resistance, which evolves when malaria parasites are exposed to a drug for prolonged periods. In this talk, I will introduce several statistical and mathematical models for monitoring the emergence and spread of antimalarial drug resistance. Results will be presented from a Bayesian geostatistical model that have generated spatio-temporal predictions of resistance based on prevalence data available only at discrete study locations and times. In this way, the model output provides insight into the spatiotemporal spread of resistance that the discrete data points alone cannot provide. I will discuss how the results of these models have been used to update public health policy.

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This event took place over Zoom, a recording of the event is available on mathtube.org.