DIMACS Workshop on Stochasticity in Population and Disease Dynamics

December 8 - 10, 2008
DIMACS Center, CoRE Building, Rutgers University

Jonathan Dushoff, McMaster University, dushoff at mcmaster.ca
Todd Parsons, University of Pennsylvania, tparsons at sas dot upenn dot edu
Joshua Plotkin, University of Pennsylvania, jplotkin at sas dot upenn dot edu
Presented under the auspices of the of the Special Focus on Computational and Mathematical Epidemiology.

Since Kermack and McKendrick's classic paper, mathematical models have been a vital tool in epidemiology. Yet, in spite of almost a century of mathematical analysis of disease dynamics, fundamental questions regarding the expected duration of an epidemic or the likelihood of recurrent outbreaks remain largely open. Stochastic effects - arising both endogenously from the demographics of finite and discrete populations, and from environmental variability - can drastically change the behaviour of already complex and nonlinear host-disease dynamics, creating intriguing mathematical problems with important consequences for public health.

This workshop aims to bring together experts in the mathematics of stochastic population dynamics with epidemiologists to share knowledge, develop and analyze new models, and bring new analytical and statistical approaches to outstanding open questions in the modelling and control of disease dynamics.

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