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Applied Math Colloquium Talk - Dr. Geoff Wild

Wednesday, March 28, 2018
2:30 pm
Middlesex College (MC)
Room: 204

Title: Man flu: The science

Professor Geoff Wild
Department of Applied Mathematics
School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences
The University of Western Ontario


Individuals are known to suffer the symptoms of infectious diseases in a sex-specific manner. Researchers have pointed to sex hormones as the proximate drivers of these sex-specific patterns, but exactly why such patterns might be expected to evolve remains unclear. I will present a model for the evolution of pathogen virulence when this trait can be expressed in manner that depends on the sex of the pathogen’s host. I will show how sex-specific differences in host life history (in addition to sex-specific immune function) can set the stage for the advantage of sex-specific, disease-related mortality. I will argue that the fabled “Man Flu” can be understood as the natural consequence of the selective process.

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