Reproduction numbers

11 Jul 2018, 10:30
New Law School/--106 (University of Sydney)

New Law School/--106

University of Sydney



Reproduction numbers: Part A

  • Jane Heffernan (York University)
  • John Glasser (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

Reproduction numbers: Part B

  • John Glasser (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
  • Jane Heffernan (York University)


The basic and effective reproduction numbers, denoted $R_0$ and $R_E$ respectively, have many applications in mathematical epidemiology. $R_0$ can be estimated empirically, given information about the distribution of generation times, and both can be derived from transmission models, most commonly via the next-generation approach. The population-immunity at which $R_E$ is one provides a target for vaccination programs world-wide, invasion numbers have been used to identify synergisms among pathogens causing sexually-transmitted diseases, and so on. Speakers will review and extend methods for overcoming limitations that they have encountered during their research.

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