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Project for Research Experiences for Undergraduates

2012 Summer Program, June 11 - August 3, 2012

National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS)
at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Title: Agent-based mathematical model for Johne's disease epidemiology and economy

Mentors: Dr. Shigetoshi Eda (Wildlife Health), Dr. Suzanne Lenhart (Mathematics) and Dr. Andrew Kanarek (Biology)

photo. Johne's disease is one of the most economically important diseases in the dairy industry. We recently developed a discrete deterministic model for Johne's disease epidemiology. The model was used to evaluate cost-effectiveness of disease control measures based on an improved diagnostic test. In the 2012 REU program, we aim to build an agent-based model based on the existing model for better understanding of Johne's disease epidemiology and economy. Students will have a chance to visit a dairy farm to learn cattle management practice, interact with veterinarians, and learn how to build/evaluate an agent-based model with user-friendly software.


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