Das to Discuss Management of Avian Flu and New Tool for Cancer Treatment

Published: Oct 17, 2006 11:20:24 AM
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The Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering will be presenting its next graduate seminar on Wednesday, Oct 18 at 1 p.m. in Dunstan 202. The speaker will be Tapas Das, a professor in the Department of Industrial and Management Systems Engineering at the University of South Florida. Das will be covering two topics during his lecture.

The first, "Improving Accuracy of Micro-arrays and Use Gene Expression Patterns for Efficient Prostate Cancer Characterization and Treatment Strategy Development, will discuss the use of microarrays, a significant tool for disease diagnosis and drug discovery. To prevent errors, researchers are developing a novel approach for denoising microarray images, a major obstacle in finding the best candidates for some cancer treatments.

The second, "Dynamic Strategies for Mitigating Societal Risk of Avian Influenza (AI) Pandemic Outbreaks," will cover ideas for local and national strategies for mitigating pandemic outbreaks of avian influenza, an idea emphasized by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in the case that AI becomes transmittable though human-to-human contact. The national strategy must allocate limited federal resources including vaccine, antiviral drugs, mobile health care facilities, and personnel to the affected areas. The strategy at the local level must guide mitigation decisions for vaccination, prophylaxis, hospitalization, and social distancing.

To find out more about Dr. Tapas Das and read abstracts of each lectue topic please visit our seminar page.

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