Using Mathematics to Understand Influenza: A Comparison of Within-Host Models
DateTuesday, November 13, 2018 - 4:00pm
AbstractDue to the public health concern of influenza, it is important to have models that can describe the mechanisms working within the body and ultimately create/predict the outcomes of treatments. In this talk, we provide an overview of some influenza models and discuss their construction, strengths, and weaknesses.
Within-Host Models of Influenza: Modeling the Effectiveness of a Defective-Interfering Particle Therapy
DateTuesday, November 20, 2018 - 4:00pm
AbstractRecent discoveries in influenza have spelled trouble for previous models, however they have potentially opened the door for a new area of treatment as well. Beginning with a basic model, we incorporate more realistic biology and show that this improves the model's predictions and changes how the results of previous models are interpreted. Further additions allow us to estimate the effectiveness of a new and potentially revolutionary treatment: defective-interfering particles.