Major and Neglected Diseases in Africa - Workshop May 6-10 2013

Date: May 6-10, 2013
Location - University of Ottawa
Room B-5
Department of Mathematics and Statistics
585, King Edward Avenue
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Organizers: Jane Heffernan (York), Julien Arino (Manitoba)

Registration - to register for this workshop follow the link

Schedule - Please see the schedule attached pdf

Funding -
Junior workshop participants from US institutions can apply for travel support from a grant from the US National Science Foundation. To apply, please send a brief CV (2 pages maximum) and a statement of interest including estimated cost for travel and accommodation (1 page maximum) in a single file (pdf format) to Frithjof Lutscher ( Students and postdoctoral fellows should also arrange for one letter of support to be sent to the same address. All emails should have the subject line "NSF support for M2E2 - Africa Workshop".

We would like to thank the Centre de Recherches Mathematiques and the Society for Mathematical Biology for funding.

Africa counts 54 countries and 15% of the world population, however, the combined GDP of African countries represented in 2003 just over 3% of the world's GDP. From a demographic perspective, Africa is characterized by an over-representation of youths (40% of the population under 15), and a life expectancy below 65 years (e.g. 31.6 years in Botswana) compared to 82.6 years in Japan. Several factors contribute to this low life expectancy (e.g. poverty, inadequate health care systems) but the main reason is the compounding of these factors with the effect of several major infectious diseases and some less known ones that are plaguing the continent.

Mathematical models are increasingly accepted in the public health domain as tools to fight infectious diseases. Modelling is helpful mostly because it allows for simple hypothesis testing where most other tests are impossible. Modelling is also a valuable tool that allows to pinpoint gaps in data collection. This Workshop on Diseases in Africa will focus on some major killers (HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis) and it will also consider some diseases that are, for one reason or another, less in the spotlight: childhood diseases, other viral/bacterial/vector diseases, poliomyelitis. The objectives of the workshop are:

* (a) To combine the expertise of public health officials and researchers in biology and mathematics sciences in the areas of infectious diseases relevant to Africa.
* (b) To encourage and seek participation of African colleagues. This will foster collaborations between Canadian and African researchers.
* (c) To compare experiences in dealing with public health authorities, helping all participants develop a better understanding of this difficult yet crucial aspect.
* (d) To train junior researchers, postdoctoral fellows and graduate students.

Each day of this proposed five-day workshop will be devoted to a particular disease or group of diseases. In particular, we choose HIV/AIDS, TB, Malaria, Children's diseases, Poliomyelitis, and Schistosomiasis. Participants will stay for the entire week and benefit from presentations on all different diseases.

Registration is now open!!

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This workshop is part of MPE2013!! See for more details on more MPE2013 events!!