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One-day Workshop in epidemiology

July 16, 2018 @ 9:50 am - 5:45 pm

Please note: The room has been changed for this meeting. There are now two venues, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Also, we have now set up a registration site. Please register for the meeting if you are intending to attend. (Though also feel free to attend if you have not registered).

The workshop is being co-organised by the Centre for Mathematical Biology and Medicine.

Following the 2018 Annual Meeting of the Society for Mathematical Biology and the Japanese Society for Mathematical Biology (8-12 July 2018, University of Sydney) there will be a one-day workshop at the University of Wollongong on Mathematical Epidemiology.

The speakers will cover a variety of topics in mathematical biology, with a focus on mathematical epidemiology. The topics discussed by the speakers include:

  • the equine infectious anemia virus (which effects horses and ponies);
  • dengue fever, (of ever growing worry in Australia);
  • an analysis of the factors that influence a patient’s success in reducing their alcohol consumption;
  • the role that education of HIV positive individuals can play in mitigating drug resistance;
  • the interaction of hepatitis delta virus and hepatitis B virus (co-infection);
  • the role played by asymmetric cell division in development and cell fate specification of polarised cells.
  • the persistence of HIV in patients undergoing highly effective antiviral therapy.


A variety of mathematical and statistical tools will be used including systems of deterministic ODEs, Markov chain models, and stochastic models.

Modelling approaches include individual models, within host models, and population level models.



There is no registration fee for this meeting.


  • Morning session: 19 Room G016 
  • Afternoon session:  14 Rm G01

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Morning Session (19-G016)

9.50 Opening Remarks

09.55 Elissa Scwartz (Washington State University)
Free-virus and cell-to-cell transmission in models of equine infectious
anemia virus infection

10.40 Morning tea

11.00 Stanca Ciupe (Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University)
Mathematical models of dengue virus infections

11.45 Rebecca Everett (Haverford College)
Using mathematical and statistical modeling to understand behavior
change in problem drinkers

12.30 Lunch

Afternoon session:  (14-G10)

Afternoon session: 14-G01

14.00 Robert Smith? (The University of Ottawa)
Adding Education to (Test and Treat): Can We Overcome Drug Resistance?

14.45 Jonathan Forde (Hobart and William Smith College)
Mathematical Models of Hepatitis Delta Infection

15.30 Break

15.55 Adriana Dawes (Ohio State University)
Pushing and pulling: Centrosome positioning in polarized cells

16.40 Jane Heffernan (York University, Canada)
Memory cells and the HIV reservoir

17.25 Pantea Pooladvand (University of Sydney)
The role of tumour stroma in the progression of ovarian cancer

17.45 Closing Remarks


University of Wollongong
Building 67 Room 107
University of Wollongong, NSW 2522 AU
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