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Mathematical modelling in immunology: immunology and infection modelling in public health

Microsoft Research Lab, 21 Station Road, Cambridge, CB1 1FB
Thursday, 9 May, 2019 - 10:00 to Friday, 10 May, 2019 - 17:00


The British Society for Immunology's Mathematical Modelling Affinity Group is pleased to bring you 'Mathematical modelling in immunology: immunology and infection modelling in public health' taking place on 9-10 May 2019 in Cambridge, UK. 

The aim of this workshop is to bring together scientists working in the areas of experimental and theoretical immunology, to discuss current challenges on immunology and infection modelling in public health. The main goals of the meeting will be:

  • to bring together researchers and clinicians from a variety of backgrounds to discuss the importance of immunology and infection modelling in public health
  • to encourage inter-disciplinary (specifically mathematics and immunology) discussions in order to guide the development of new mathematical models, given the experimental and clinical data
  • to expose post-graduate students, working in this area, to current immunological challenges and open questions


Delegates are invited to submit abstracts for the opportunity to communicate their work as an oral or poster presentation. Abstracts should be a maximum of 500 words and should be submitted via our Google Docs form. The abstract submission deadline is Friday 26 April 2019.


A two-day international workshop with two morning sessions followed by afternoon sessions with lunch included.

9 May 2019 - Day 1

09:15 Registration

10:00-10:45 Thomas Laws (DSTL) - An in vitro assessment of the therapeutic potential of defective genomes against Ebola virus disease? 
10:45-11:30  Amanda Minter (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine) - Mathematical modelling of the antibody response to identify efficient study designs for influenza epidemiology
11:30-12:15 Tom Tipton (Public Health England) - Identifying T cell epitopes from Ebola survivors
12:15-13:45 Lunch
13:45-14:15 Arianne C Richard (Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute) - A rate-limiting process: T cell activation from a single-cell perspective
14:15-14:45 Liam V Brown (University of Oxford) - Not of mice, but men: how does immunotherapeutic success depend on species?
14:45-15:15 Coffee break
15:15-16:00 Antonio Gómez Corral (Universidad Complutense) - Extreme values in SIR epidemic models with two strains and full cross-immunity
16:00-16:45 Martín López-García (University of Leeds) - Markovian models for the spread of hospital-acquired infections: detection, outbreak management and infection control
16:45-17:30 Clive McKimmie (University of Leeds) - Defining the relationship between viral replication and innate immune response to virus
17:30    Networking reception and canapés

10 May 2019 - Day 2
10:00-10:45 Grant Lythe (University of Leeds) - Stochastic dynamics of Francisella Tularensis infection
10:45-11:30 Gerry Graham (University of Glasgow) - Chemokine Receptor Redundancy and Specificity Are Context Dependent
11:30-12:15 Anton Zilman (University of Toronto) - Specificity and accuracy of receptor signalling in presence of cross-talk
12:15-13:30 Lunch
13:30-14:15 Catherine Noakes (University of Leeds) - Characterising ventilation to understand airborne infection risk
14:15 -15:00 Simon Frost (University of Cambridge) - Immune dynamics through the lens of viral dynamics and evolution
15:00-15:45 David Ulaeto (DSTL and Pirbright Institute) - Effects of virus attenuation on interaction with host cells


Online registration is now open. You can join the BSI online - membership provides many benefits to help you progress your career. Undergraduate membership is free. 

BSI Members

 BSI Member - Full & Early Careers *


 BSI Member - Postgraduate (including PhD, Masters)


 BSI Member - Concessionary **



 Full & Early Careers *


 Postgraduate (including PhD, Masters)


 Concessionary **


*  Early careers includes scientists employed as post-doctoral researchers, for the first 5 years post graduation.
** Concessionary includes Parental leave, Career Breaks, Retired, Emeritus Retired


If you would like to enquire about sponsorship opportunities, please email Jane Sessenwein.