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IS&T Seminar: Quantifying the Impact of Human Mobility on Malaria

March 27, 2013
Time: 3:00 - 4:00 PM
Location: TA-3, Bldg. 1690, Room 102 (CNLS Conference Room)

Speaker: Amy Wesolowski
Engineering and Public Policy
Carnegie Mellon University

Abstract: Human movements contribute to the transmission of malaria on spatial scales that exceed the limits of mosquito dispersal. Identifying the sources and sinks of imported infections due to human travel and locating high-risk sites of parasite importation could greatly improve malaria control programs. Here we use spatially explicit mobile phone data and malaria prevalence information from Kenya to identify the dynamics of human carriers that drive parasite importation between regions. Our analysis identifies importation routes that contribute to malaria epidemiology on regional spatial scales.

Biography:  Amy Wesolowski is a graduate student at Carnegie Mellon University in Engineering and Public Policy.   Under the advisement of Caroline Buckee (Harvard School of Public Health), her work focuses on quantifying human travel patterns to better understand disease transmission and control policies.  She attended College of the Atlantic as an undergraduate while also working at the Santa Fe Institute.

For more information contact the technical host Dylan Paiton, paiton@lanl.gov, 505-720-5074.

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