The fourth annual Clinic on Dynamical Approaches to Infectious Disease Data (DAIDD) kicked off this week in Florida, bringing together graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and researchers from across North America and Africa.
The intensive one-week clinic, hosted by the University of Florida’s Emerging Pathogens Institute, consists of a series of interactive lectures and tutorials that guide participants through the uses of dynamical modelling in infectious disease research.
DAIDD is a component of the International Clinics on Infectious Disease Dynamics and Data (ICI3D), a training program Dr. Jonathan Dushoff has been affiliated with since its inception. “I’ve been involved in African capacity-building since I was invited to teach at a special seminar at the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences in Cape Town in 2007,” says Dushoff, a mathematical biologist in McMaster’s Department of Biology and a member of the Michael G. DeGroote Institute for Infectious Disease Research.
“Since that time, I and a handful of close colleagues have built the ICI3D program. We’ve trained hundreds of students, and sponsored a dozen or so inter-continental research visits, including one to McMaster by a researcher from the Tanzania Ministry of Health.”
Dushoff’s interest in Southern Africa dates back to the late 1980s, when he volunteered with the U.S. Peace Corps in Swaziland.
For more information on this year’s clinic and other ICI3D programs, please visit the ICI3D website.