Infectious Disease Dynamics
Month: August 2013
Date: August 19--September 13
Name: Infectious Disease Dynamics
Location: Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences, Cambridge, United Kingdom.
On January 1, 2013, it will be 20 years since Epidemic Models started as a 6-month programme in the first year of the Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences. Since then the field has grown enormously. The complexity and non-linearity of infection dynamics, as well as effects of prevention and control, are such that mathematical and statistical analysis is essential for insight and prediction, now more than ever before. Much research is no longer devoted to generic insights into dynamics, but rather to very precise insights into focussed questions regarding specific infectious diseases. The four-week programme will: take stock of progress in the last twenty years, to assess where we are today and provide a synthesis, take a systematic look at the use of models to inform public health decisions, and to analyse where and why models fail in their predictions, set the agenda for future research and in particular determine the main challenges.