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April 25, 2019

Applied Math Colloquium Talk - Dr. Geoff Wild

Date:
Wednesday, March 28, 2018
Time:
2:30 pm
Location:
Middlesex College (MC)
Room: 204
Cost:
Free

Title: Man flu: The science

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

Abstract:

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.

Contact:
Rob Corless
rcorless@uwo.ca
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