Workshop on Antibiotic-Resistant Infections

International Workshop on  
Antibiotic-Resistant Infections: Mathematical Modeling, Transmission Dynamics and Control

University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida
December 9-11, 2011
  • The final Workshop Program is available for download.
  • The workshop will be held at the University Center, 2nd floor, Flamingo Ballroom C & D, 1306 Stanford Drive. Here is a University of Miami map. The coordinate of the Holiday Inn is D8 (written in red) while the University Center is P5. A red arrow was drawn to indicating the walking route.
  • South Miami is a few blocks from the Holiday Inn in the opposite walking direction where you can find restaurants, bars, bookstores, movie theater, banks, grocery stores, etc.

A. Introduction. The emergence and spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria is considered to be one of the biggest threats to human health in the 21st century. For example, a recent estimate showed that there were 18,650 deaths in patients with invasive methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in the United States in 2005, exceeding the total number of deaths due to HIV/AIDS in the same year (R. M. Klevens et al., JAMA, 2007). In the last decade, mathematical models have been increasingly used as tools to identify factors responsible for observed patterns of antimicrobial resistance, to predict the effect of various factors on the prevalence of primary and secondary antimicrobial resistance, and to help design effective control and intervention programs. The goal of the workshop is to bring together researchers in biology, epidemiology, medical clinics, and mathematics to report their current research, initiate collaborations, and stimulate progress in studying antibiotic-resistant infections. The workshop will also provide a unique opportunity for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows to interact with leading researchers from medicine and mathematics in a productive and sustained way.

B. Registration. All participants are required to register. There will be no registration fees.

C. Financial Support. The workshop is generously supported by the National Science Foundation, the Department of Mathematics, the College of Arts and Sciences and the Office of Research at the University of Miami. NSF funds are available to partially support graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, junior and unfunded researchers to participate in the workshop (the precise meaning of "partially" will depend on the final number of requests and the needs).

D. Scientific program. All talks in the workshop will be 40 minutes (35 minutes presentation plus 5 minutes discussion/questions). The workshop will start on Friday morning (December 9) and will end at lunch time on Sunday (December 11).

E. Accommodations. We have reserved a block of rooms at the Holiday Inn near campus. You will be able to book these rooms at a special rate through the University of Miami. Do not contact the hotel directly. Instead, please contact Sylvia Bacallao ( or Dr. Shigui Ruan ( giving your arrival/departure dates. The deadline for booking accommodation was November 10 (after that, prices may go up substantially, and availability is no longer guaranteed).

Please note: due to space and cost restrictions, we expect most junior participants (graduate students and Post-Docs) to share double rooms. If you have a preferred roommate, or if you have specific constraints or requests, please let us know (and let Sylvia know).

F. Travel. Miami International Airport is about 7 miles from campus. The best way to reach Holiday Inn from Miami International Airport is by taxi which costs $23-$25.

For participants who will receive partial travel support: When booking flights, please keep in mind NSF and University of Miami rules. Only US-based airlines are permitted (more specifically your plane ticket mush be issued by a US air carrier and show US carrier flight numbers). Please keep all your original boarding passes since they will be needed for reimbursement. Once your plans are finalized, please e-mail us with your arrival/departure dates and an estimate of your travel expenses.

G. Banquet. TBA

H. Proceedings. Information about the proceedings of the workshop will be announced soon.

I. Confirmed participants:

Gordon Akudibillah (Mathematics, Clemson University)
H. T. Banks (Mathematics, North Carolina State University)
Robert Beardmore (Biosciences, University of Exeter, UK)
Martin Bootsma (Mathematics, Utrecht University, The Netherlands)
Cameron Browne (Mathematics, University of Florida)
Farida Chamchod (Mathematics, University of Miami)
Jing Chen (Mathematics, University of Miami)
Shi Chen (Department of Comparative Medicine, University of Tennessee)
Eungchun Cho (Division of Mathematics and Sciences, Kentucky State University)
Troy Day (Biology and Mathematics, Queens University, Canada)
Jozsef Farkas (Mathematics, University of Louisiana at Lafayette & University of Stirling, UK)
Ayari Fuentes-Hernandez (College of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Exeter, UK)
Daozhou Gao (Mathematics, University of Miami)
Ivana Gudelj (Systems Biology, University of Exeter, UK)
Juan B. Gutierrez (Mathematical Biosciences Institute, The Ohio State University)
Evan Haskell (Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences, Nova Southeastern University)
Amy Hurford (Centre for Disease Modeling, York University, Canada)
Hem Raj Joshi (Mathematics, Xavier University)
Liang Kong (Mathmatics, Auburn University)
Cristina Lanzas (College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Tennessee)
Song Liang (College of Public Health, The Ohio State University)
Pierre Magal (Biology and Mathematics, University of Bordeaux, France)
Roy Malka (Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital)
Rafael Peña-Miller (Biosciences, University of Exeter, UK)
Sergei S. Pilyugin (Mathematics, University of Florida)
Tim Reluga (Mathematics, Penn State University)
Clay Thompson (Mathematics, North Carolina State University)
Victoriya Volkova (College of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University)
Joanna Wares (Mathematics, University of Richmond)
Lei Wang (Mathematics, University of Miami)
Yancong Xu (Division of Applied Mathematics, Brown University)
Mohammed Yahdi (Mathematics and Computer Science, Ursinus College)
Joaquin Zabalo (The Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, University of Miami)

For further information, please contact:

Professor Shigui Ruan
Department of Mathematics
University of Miami
Coral Gables, FL 33124-4250
Tel: 305-284-2312
Fax: 305-284-2848