The Mathematics of Disease

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The Mathematics of Disease

Term 1 2008

Department of Mathematics, 38 Princes Street, Auckland CBD


Workshop 1 Monday 17th March, 6:15 pm – 8:15 pm

How is it that a simple mathematical model was behind one of the most important studies of AIDS? What can we find out about the HIV virus by using a mathematical model?

We'll begin with this simple example, and then look at how populations and diseases can be modelled with mathematics, and what kinds of equations can be used.

Workshop 2 Monday 31st March, 6:15 pm – 8:15 pm

How do populations grow? Can we use simple mathematical models to predict what a population, or a disease, will do in the future? What happens when populations, and diseases, interact with each other? What is chaos, and why should we care?

Workshop 3 Monday 7th April, , 6:15 pm – 8:15 pm

How do epidemics begin and spread? Can we use mathematical models to predict when an epidemic will occur, or how bad it will be? Can we tell how infectious a disease is using a mathematical model? What about vaccinations? When are they effective? How many people must be vaccinated?

Workshop 4 Monday 14th April, 6:15 pm – 8:15 pm

How has a mathematical model been used to prevent a measles outbreak in New Zealand? What does mathematics have to do with asthma? How can a mathematician study heart disease? Or leukemia? Or cancer?

Invited speaker(s)

Presented by Prof. James Sneyd


All interested teachers of mathematics - or people who are interested in teaching and learning mathematics.


Contact Dr Judy Paterson to enrol for any of the courses or to be put on the direct mailing list or call 3737599 ext 88605.

Follow this link for more details on this workshop.


Judy Paterson

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