Upcoming Colloquia for the Spring Semester
Friday, May 1, 2015, 4:00pm, PB 192:
Speaker:Dr. Mohammad Yahdi (Hartnell College/Ursinus College)
Title:Can Math Control and Prevent Antibiotic Resistance Infections?
Abstract: The emergence of antibiotic-resistant bacteria (also known as super-bugs) in many intensive care units (ICU) is considered a major health problem (CDC). Infections caused by vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE) have been associated with high mortality rates and high costs, and have demonstrated resistance to many other classes of antibiotics. Therefore, with limited treatment options and the scarcity of new antibiotics in the pharmaceutical industry's pipeline, examining strategies to efficiently prevent and control those infections is becoming critically urgent (CDC). New advances in mathematical modeling, complex dynamical systems and computing capabilities, gave momentum to the importance of the role mathematics has been playing in breakthroughs investigating control strategies in epidemiology. This talk will present a mathematical framework for determining optimal control and cost-efficient strategies that incorporate up-to-date special preventive measures, without the risk and resources involved in a widespread clinical testing. Models are developed using deterministic and stochastic approaches, and validated using clinical data.
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