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CRM - University of Ottawa Distinguished Lecture Series

TITLE:An epidemic treatment model with drug resistance
SPEAKER:Fred Brauer (Wisconsin-Madison / University of British Columbia)
DATE:Vendredi, 13 Février 2009
TIME:3:30 pm
ROOM:B5
ABSTRACT:

We consider a simple model for an epidemic with a drug-sensitive and a drug-resistant strain, with the possibility of drug-sensitive cases developing resistance. We show that if the reproduction number for the sensitive strain, which is a decreasing function of the treatment rate, becomes less than the reproduction number of the resistant strain, then there is a treatment rate beyond which increasing the treatment rate leads to more cases of disease.

About the speaker Fred Brauer is a professor emeritus at the University of Wisconsin - Madison, where he taught from 1960 to 1999, and has been an honorary professor at the University of British Columbia since 1997. He is the author or co-author of over 120 papers on differential equations, mathematical population biology, and mathematical epidemiology as well as 11 books including undergraduate texts and a book on models in population biology and epidemiology.