American Institute of Mathematics, Palo Alto, California
Jan Medlock and Anuj Mubayi
This workshop, sponsored by AIM and the NSF, will be devoted to mathematical modeling of vector-borne diseases that are a cause of several million deaths and innumerable cases of sickness every year. These infectious illnesses are emerging or resurging as a result of several factors, such as changes in climate, in public health policy, in demography (as a results of high migration of hosts and vectors), spread of resistance to insecticide and drug, and genetic changes in pathogens. Many of the vector-borne diseases (e.g., Chagas, dengue, leishamaniasis) are termed as neglected tropical diseases by the World Health Organization because they are endemic in poor regions in spite of the presence of preventive measures and treatments common in developed regions around the world. Neglected tropical disease restricts the ability of a person to work and generate income, or to care for their families and hence, need immediate attention from the modeling community. Moreover, tropical diseases has also become of vital interest in additional geographical areas as a result of progression in global warming. In the workshop, we plan to discuss current issues and risk factors of diseases like Chagas, dengue, and leishmaniaisis, as well as focus on efficient incorporation of relevant factors in the model and linking them to available data. The focus of the workshop will be modeling complexity of some neglected vector-borne infectious diseases. The main goals of the workshop are:
The workshop will differ from typical conferences in some regards. Participants will be invited to suggest open problems and questions before the workshop begins, and these will be posted on the workshop website. These include specific problems on which there is hope of making some progress during the workshop, as well as more ambitious problems which may influence the future activity of the field. Lectures at the workshop will be focused on familiarizing the participants with the background material leading up to specific problems, and the schedule will include discussion and parallel working sessions.
Space and funding is available for a few more participants. If you would like to participate, please apply by filling out the on-line form no later than April 11, 2014. Applications are open to all, and we especially encourage women, underrepresented minorities, junior mathematicians, and researchers from primarily undergraduate institutions to apply.
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