Simulation Platforms to Support Epidemiological Teaching and Research 

International Forum on Ecology and Evolution of Avian Influenza Webinar Series
February 21Simulation Platforms to Support Epidemiological Teaching and Research 
Time: 5:00pm – 6:00pm, PST, USA
Speaker: Wayne Getz, UC Berkeley
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Epidemiological dynamics can be disseminated to the healthcare community through simple-to-use simulation models. My collaborators and I use Numerus Model Builder software tools to generate modeling platforms that can be used to teach various epidemiological concepts and make transparent the key assumptions underlying SIR and elaborated epidemic models. Our deterministic and stochastic epidemic
modeling platforms can also be used in student research and to help design the most effective implementation of treatment and vaccination programs.
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Speaker bio: Wayne M. Getz is Distinguished Professor in the Graduate Division at the University of California, Berkeley, and Emeritus A. Starker Leopold Professor of Wildlife Ecology in the College of Natural Resources. He has a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from the University of the Witwatersrand and a D.Sc. In Zoology from the University of Cape Town, both in South Africa. He has been in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management at UCB since 1979. He is a cofounder of the South African Center for Epidemiological Modeling and Research, established in 2006. His research interests over the past few decades have been in the area of disease and movement ecology, focusing primarily on HIV, TB, anthrax, and COVID disease systems. He has also modeled extensively in the areas of behavioral, systems, and resource ecology, genetics and evolutionary biology.

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