2017 Festival: Dr. Marc Lipsitch, Harvard University

Dr. Marc Lipsitch, Harvard University

Dr. Marc Lipsitch
Photo: Stephanie Mitchell / Harvard University News Office

The Mathematical Sciences Research Institute welcomes Dr. Marc Lipsitch to the 2017 National Math Festival!

Dr. Marc Lipsitch is Professor of Epidemiology and Director of the Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics at the Harvard School of Public Health. He is an author of more than 200 peer-reviewed publications on antimicrobial resistance, mathematical modeling of infectious disease transmission, bacterial and human population genetics, and immunity to Streptococcus pneumoniae. His group produced one of the earliest estimates of transmissibility of the SARS virus in real time in 2003, and provided a key estimate of the transmissibility of 1918 pandemic influenza.

Dr. Lipsitch has provided advice on antimicrobial resistance, SARS, and influenza to the Food and Drug Administration, World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control, Congressional Budget Office, Defense Science Board, several pharmaceutical companies, and the governments of Canada and Mexico.

Measure, Understand, Control: Applications of Mathematics to Zika Virus Disease

This talk will show how mathematical techniques are applied to determine the number of cases that are occurring (harder than you think!), estimate the risk of infection for causing severe outcomes like microcephaly, diagnose patients, and understand the spread of infection in order to control it.