Applied Mathematics Seminar

Antimicrobial resistance: Models and Policies
Friday, 10 February 2017 - 12:00 pm to 12:30 pm
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SPEAKER: Justin Marleau (McGill) DATE: Friday, February 10, 2017 TIME: 12:00 pm ROOM: B015 ABSTRACT: Antimicrobial resistance occurs when bacteria or other microbes are able to still grow and persist in the presence of a substance that can normally kill them or inhibit their growth. To combat this threat, governments around the world are developing action plans to come up with policies and regulations to maintain the efficacy of our antimicrobials, especially our antibiotics. However, there is a need to quantify the predicted effect of these policies and regulations in order to pick the right actions to take. In this talk, I will discuss some of the modelling efforts that have been undertaken with antimicrobial resistance and provide some ideas about bringing in a more dynamical systems approach to current models. I will also talk about how I became involved in the development of policies surrounding antimicrobial resistance through the Mitacs Canadian Science Policy Fellowship program.