March  2, 2024
May 5, 2015
Guelph Biomathematics and Biostatistics Symposium

Descriptive and Predictive Methods in the Study of Communicable Diseases

Hermann Eberl, University of Guelph (Co-Chair)
Zeny Feng, University of Guelph (Co-Chair)

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On-site registration available on May 5:
$40 regular rate, $25 student rate, payable by by cash or cheque.


The 10th annual Guelph Biomathematics and Biostatistics Symposium will be held during May 2015 at the University of Guelph (Pathobiology Building, Room PAHL 1800).

The principal objective of the symposium series is to provide a forum for collaborations between mathematicians, statisticians and bioscience researchers, typically focusing on one application area where mathematical and statistical techniques play a significant role. This year, the focus will be on communicable and other infectious diseases. The symposium will consist of invited research talks and a poster session for graduate and undergraduate students, with a prize awarded for the best poster.

Infectious Disease modeling is a highly active area in Canada, and in particular in Southern Ontario, with several HQP-training active faculty members working at many institutions within driving distance to Guelph. The BIOMS Symposium will provide an informal platform for graduate students working in this area to present their work and to exchange ideas with students and faculty from neighboring institutions.


The symposium is to be held at the University of Guelph in the Pathobiology Building, Room PAHL 1800, on May 5 2015.

Invited speakers

• Jianhong Wu, Dept. Mathematics and Statistics and Center for Disease Modeling, York University (keynote speaker)
• Jonathan Dushoff, McMaster University, Dept. Biology (Ashton Lecturer)
• Rob Deardon, University of Calgary, Dept. Production Animal Health and Dept. Mathematics and Statistics
• Xin Gao, York University, Dept. Mathematics and Statistics
• Connell McCluskey, Wilfrid Laurier University, Dept. Mathematics
• Zvonimir Poljak, University of Guelph, Department of Population Medicine

Draft Program Schedule

Morning Session
9:00-10:00 Gordon C Ashton Memorial Lecture: Jonathan Dushoff
10:00-10:30 Coffee and Pastries/Student Poster Session
10:30 - 11:00 Invited Speaker: Rob Deardon
11:00 - 11:30 Invited Speaker: Xin Gao
11:30 - 1:00 Lunch Break/Student Poster Session

Afternoon Session:
1:00 - 2:00 Keynote Speaker: Jianhong Wu
2:00 - 2:30 Refreshments/Student Poster Session
2:30 - 3:00 Invited Speaker: Zvonimir Poljak
3:00 - 4:00 Invited Speaker: Connell McCluskey
4:00 - 4:15 Student Awards and Closing Remarks

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