NJIT Applied Mathematics Colloquium

Friday, November 11, 2011, 11:30am

Cullimore Lecture Hall II
New Jersey Institute of Technology



A mathematical modeling study of neutrophil dynamics in response
to chemotherapy and  G-CSF

Michael Mackey

McGill University


We have used a mathematical model of the combined dynamics of the hematopoietic stem cells and the differentiated neutrophil progeny to examine the effects of periodic chemotherapy in generating neutropenia, and the corresponding response of this system to granulocyte colony stimulating factor given to counteract the neutropenia. We find that there is a significant period of chemotherapy delivery that induces resonance in the system (at a period twice the average neutrophil lifespan from commitment to death) and a corresponding neutropenia, suggesting that myelosuppressive protocols should avoid this period to minimize hematopoietic damage.  The response to G-CSF is highly variable. I will discuss these results as well as extensions of this research currently underway.