Friday, 06 September, 2013
SPEAKER: Prof. Judy Day, UTK
TITLE: Dynamics in Complex Immune Responses: Modeling, Control, and Translation
ABSTRACT: The response of a host's immune system to an insult consists of a fascinating and complex cascade of events involving a multitude of immune cells and molecules concentrated on the goal of eliminating the offending agent and restoring equilibrium. The host response cannot always restore homeostasis on its own, and appropriate interventions are needed. However, the administration of therapeutics helping to guide desirable outcomes is not as precise as one might think. This talk will showcase efforts to mathematically model and analyze such systems, control system trajectories to favorable outcomes, and translate results back to the field from which they originated.