Three members of the Centre for Disease Modeling (CDM), Canada, namely Julien Arino (University of Manitoba), Michael Li (University of Alberta), Pauline van den Driessche (University of Victoria), together with Anuj Mubayi (North-eastern Illinois University, USA), were invited to give lectures at a workshop on "Theoretical and Mathematical Epidemiology".
This workshop was held during the week March 3-8 2014 at the University of South Africa (UNISA) and the University of Pretoria (UP) as part of the Research and Innovation week at UNISA. They CDM team and Dr. Mubayi gave a total of 18 lectures to a core group of around 30 students from several South African provinces, with many other local people attending some of the lectures. The enthusiastic students, who came from diverse backgrounds, were assigned group modeling projects, most of which have direct relevance to South Africa (e.g., TB and HIV co-infection in the country's gold miners, the role of education in the prevention of HIV, strategies to control malaria in high burden areas). Julien and Michael stayed an extra 10 days at UNISA and UP to mentor students with these projects.
This very successful workshop, which is planned as the first in in a series of three workshops to be held over the next three years, was superbly organized.
CDM congratulates Dr. Justin Munganga (UNISA), Prof. Jean Lubuma (UP) and the cheerful, hardworking students for a successful workshop, and CDM thanks them for the hospitality and support. The workshop was generously funded by the office of Prof. Mamokgethi Phakeng, Vice Principal: Research and Innovation, UNISA and Prof. Jean Lubuma: DST/NRF SARChI Chair in Mathematical Models and Methods in Bioengineering and Biosciences, UP.