Level 6, Seminar Room
Wallace Wurth Building
Sydney NSW 2052
The Kirby Institute is pleased to present:
Mr Adeshina Adekunle,PhD Student, Infection Analytics Program - Kirby Institute
"Modeling P. vivaxmalaria reactivation from latency."
Despite efforts towards controlling malaria infection, it remains a major cause of morbidity and mortality for individuals in both sub Saharan Africa and Asia. P vivax, is the second most common species of malaria and is characterised by long-lasting, latent liver stage parasites that make it more difficult to eradicate than other species of malaria. Understanding both the contribution of these latent parasites to P vivax infection as well as factors that determine their reactivation are of great importance when developing control strategies. In this presentation, I will show how I have combined cohort data on P. vivax infection with epidemiological models to determine the contribution of these latent liver stage parasites to P vivax malaria infection and determined their frequency of reactivation.
Adeshina Adekunle is an applied mathematician who is interested in using analytical methods to understand infection dynamics and the immune response. In his PhD, he has modelled the dynamics of malaria infection and the immune response to malaria for individuals living in malaria endemic regions. He has used his models to determine the correlates of protection to malaria infection and implications for better control strategies.