SMS scnews item created by Philip Treharne at Wed 28 Mar 2007 1512
Type: Seminar
Distribution: World
Expiry: 4 Apr 2007
Calendar1: 4 Apr 2007 1400-1500
CalLoc1: Eastern Avenue Lecture Theatre
Auth: philip@pisa.maths.usyd.edu.au

Applied Maths Seminar: Murray -- Mathematical modelling, hepatitis B virus, and the immune system

In this talk I will present some of my recent work with various research groups on
hepatitis B virus (HBV), and discuss how different components of the body’s immune
system try to clear this infection.  Currently approximately 400 million people are
infected with HBV.  Antiviral therapies against HBV are mostly unsuccessful, so a better
understanding of the processes the immune system employs in its fight against this
disease can only be to our advantage.  

Another aspect of my talk will be to comment on how my experience in this "real world
problem" correlates with what we teach our students in Applied Mathematics.  In
particular I will discuss how the areas of Dynamical Systems, Optimization and
Statistics are relevant to investigations of infectious diseases.  


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