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Club EvMed: The evolutionary epidemiology of infectious diseases

  • 7 Apr 2022
  • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
  • Zoom; meeting link to be shared upon registration

The evolutionary epidemiology of infectious diseases

Thursday, April 7th at 12pm EDT/18:00 CEST

picture of Troy DayJoin us for a conversation with Troy Day, Professor and Head of the Dept. of Mathematics and Statistics at Queen’s University. The SARS-CoV-2 pandemic has revealed that appropriate public health interventions for the control of infectious diseases must account for the possibility of pathogen evolution. In this presentation I will highlight how pathogen evolution has been a fundamental driver of SARS-CoV-2 epidemiology and how previous research in evolutionary biology can guide our understanding of this evolution. I will also consider what evolutionary biology can tell us about how we might expect SARS-CoV-2 to evolve in the future in response to increased immunity and vaccination.

Attendees are encouraged to read Day et al. 2020, “On the evolutionary epidemiology of SARS-CoV-2,” Otto et al. 2021, “The origins and potential future of SARS-CoV-2 variants of concern in the evolving COVID-19 pandemic,” and the Day et al. preprint, “The evolutionary epidemiology of pathogens during vaccination campaigns.” Sign up here for the meeting link.

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