Predicting Vaccine Strategies for Viral Infections

Elissa Schwartz
Mathematical and Biological Sciences, Washington State University

(November 29, 2011 10:30 AM - 11:20 AM)

Predicting Vaccine Strategies for Viral Infections

Abstract

Currently, efforts are underway to develop vaccines for several viral infections, including Human Immunodeficiency Virus type 1 (HIV-1) and Herpes Simplex Virus type 2 (HSV-2). In this talk, I will present the results of mathematical models that address vaccination strategies for these viral infections. I will demonstrate the use of these results to predict the impact of prevention efforts as well as to assess the mechanisms of virus-host interactions. I will also show how such studies can guide the development of future vaccines and other therapeutic interventions.