The VALIDATE Network - Vaccine development for complex intracellular neglected pathogens
Mathematical models for infectious disease dynamics, Feb 2018
Dates: 19 Feb - 2 Mar 2018
Location: Cambridge, UK
**applications by 10 Nov 2017**
Over the last two decades, mathematical models have seen a huge development in all aspects of infectious diseases, from microbiology to epidemiology and evolution. Professionals in these fields are now exposed to a wide range of models, often without receiving appropriate training.
This intensive, two-week course combines lectures, discussions and hands-on computational practicals and is aimed at any life scientist, public health officer, or medical or veterinary professional with an interest in quantitative approaches to infectious disease dynamics and control in humans or animals.
The basic concepts of the course are applied largely to human infectious disease systems, with reference to more general applications in wildlife, livestock and plant systems. The course has a strong emphasis on building practical skills using the programming software R and RStudio.
The course starts with an introduction to computer programming from first principles, but participants who are not familiar with R are encouraged to learn the language basics (data analysis, vector manipulation and graphics) before attending. Please note:The course is not aimed at scientists with extensive experience in modelling or with a strongly theoretical background. Applicants whose research project involves the use of models or interactions with modellers will be selected in priority.
After attending this course, participants will be able to:
design, implement and estimate simple epidemic models
better appreciate the value and limits of mathematical models in their own field
more fully understand and apply knowledge from scientific articles that include mathematical models
explore the behaviour of simple models
engage more effectively in collaborations with mathematical modellers
The course is subsidised by the Wellcome Genome Campus Advanced Courses and Scientific Conferences Programme. This is a residential course and there is a fee of £1090 towards board and lodging for non-commercial applicants. Please contact us for the commercial fee.
Additional limited bursaries are available (up to 50% of the course fee) and are awarded on merit.
Places are limited and awarded on merit - applications must be submitted by 10 Nov 2017.