Canada has been combating a resurgence in sexually transmitted infections (STIs), and HIV continues to be a concern. Fortunately, mathematical models can help us study and understand epidemics of STIs and HIV.
Dr. Sharmistha Mishra, Canada Research Chair in Mathematical Modeling and Program Science, is working to embed the study of epidemics into public health programs to uncover the pockets of transmission that sustain epidemics. She and her research team hope to identify the most effective strategies for reducing infections, especially among those who are most vulnerable to HIV and STIs. Ultimately, their research will help programs respond and adapt to incoming data, and may lead to services that are tailored to meet the needs of those most at risk.