Afternoon sessionsThere are 12 sessions in the afternoon.
1. Individual-Based Population Dynamics
Organizer:S.A.L.M. Kooijman (Free University, The Netherlands)
Abstract:We like to welcome contributions that highlight
2. Gene Networks
Organizera:D. Thieffry (University of Brussels, Belgium)
L. Glass (McGill University, Canada)
Abstract:Structure and Dynamics of Gene Networks: As molecular data about specific regulatory mechanisms of gene expression are rapidly accumulating, there is an increasing need for integrative and formal tools. This session aims to review the different theoretical approaches dealing with the dynamical analysis of gene networks. It will cover the analysis of specific functional modules, as well as methodologies addressing gene networks at the level of whole organisms. It will encompass some of the tools to derive the dynamical behaviour resulting from specific network structures, but also attempts to infer regulatory architectures from temporal and/or spatial data of gene expression.
3. Pattern Formation and Morphogenesis
Organizer:P.K. Maini (University of Oxford, United Kingdom)
Abstract:Recently, many advances have been made in understanding pattern formation in certain chemical and biological systems, and in the derivation of macroscopic models from observations at the microscopic level. This session will focus on the modelling and analysis of pattern formation in these areas.
4. Education in Mathematical Biology
Organizer:J.R. Jungck (Beloit College, USA)
Abstract:We invite speakers to continue the dialogue between biologists and mathematicians about educating students in Mathematical Biology. In previous educational symposia, we have heard about: mathematicians doing biological experiments in calculus classes, biologists doing calculus in biology labs, development of computer software for biology students to develop better analytical skills and modelling experience, use of packages like Mathematica and Maple in mathematics classes to analyze biological data or to develop theoretical models of biological phenomena, and synergisms of statisticians and biologists doing team teaching of mathematics and biology together. We welcome other curriculum innovators as well as past participants to share their experiences in this growing educational endeavor.
5. Parasites and Diseases in Wildlife
Organizer:A. Pugliese (University of Trento, Italy)
Abstract:This session aims at developing a common thread through different biological systems (micro- and macro-parasites; single or multi-host) and different modelling approaches. Topics will range from parasite interactions within hosts, through classical host-parasite systems, up to parasites' effect on communities.
6. Metabolic Control Networks
Organizer:H. Westerhoff (University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
Abstract:The living cell is one of the most complex objects studied by the natural sciences and mathematics. To a great extent this complexity derives the great many processes that occur in parallel, in a highly coordinated manner. Most of these processes lead to steady states, but others give rise to stationary oscillations, or even more complex patterns in space and time. The networks that are responsible for these dynamic processes, are structurally adaptable, as in a neural network. Intracellular `compartments' are crowded with macromolecules. As a consequence of all this, functional processes of living cells are not controlled by a single `rate-limiting' step in the corresponding metabolic pathway. Rather, control tends to be distributed over various levels of intracellular organisation, including metabolism, signal transduction, gene expression, and time, reflecting adaptation of the cell to earlier challenges. Only intensive mathematical modelling in conjunction with experiments entering the living cell, can make the living cell, and therewith the essence of life, understood. It will be the challenge of the next century to intensify the application of mathematics to cellular biochemistry. In this symposium, the most recent developments in theory and biomathematics concerning the living cell as a complex object, will be highlighted.
7. Whole Heart Modelling
Organizer:S.A. Panfilov (University of Utrecht, the Netherlands)
Abstract:This section will be devoted to major problems of mathematical modelling in cardiac electrophysiology. We are planing to discuss questions related to development of anatomically accurate models of the heart and human torso and questions on the best models for cardiac tissue. We also encourage participation of researchers interested in mechanisms of cardiac arrhythmias and in development of new methods for fighting these diseases.
8. Metapopulation Dynamics
Organizer:J. Verboom (Institute for Forestry and Nature Research (IBN-DLO), The Netherlands)
Abstract:Metapopulation models have been derived and analyzed for gaining insight into the dynamics of fragmented populations. The issue is still of interest, because of the ongoing destruction and fragmentation of habitat, and the hypothetical extinction vortex that may lead to extinction of many plant and animal species worldwide (also referred to as the extinction debt).
Organizers:J.I. Freijer (National Institute of Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), The Netherlands)
M.J. Zeilmaker (National Institute of Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), The Netherlands)
Abstract:This session on Toxicology focuses on the development of models of the toxicworking mechanism of chemicals and radiation. The main emphasis is on the translation of model concepts into mathematical/computer models and the parameterisation and application of the latter.
10. Particle Based Modelling
Organizers:J. Kaandorp (University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands)
S. Gueron (Dept. of Mathematics, Technion - I.I.T., Haifa,ISRAEL)
Abstract:Particle based techniques (for example cellular automata, lattice gases, lattice Boltzmann method) are being applied in biological models at the molecular, complex, cel, individual, population and ecosystem level. This session will focus on the application and analysis of models that use any of these methods.
11. Networks, Cellular Signalling and Biological Rhythms
Organizer:R. Heinrich (Humboldt-University Berlin, Germany)
Abstract:This session focuses on the theoretical elucidation of the regulatory and dynamical properties of metabolic networks and of pathways of extracellular and intracellular signalling, as based on their stoichiometric and kinetic properties. Mathematical models concerning the whole variety of cellular mechanisms for energy transfer, phosphoryl transfer etc., for the action of different messengers, and for signalling via cell surface receptors or gap junctions are invited for presentation. Different modes of dynamic behaviour, such as amplification, oscillations, synchronization, transitions and multistationarity will be of interest. Attention is payed to the confrontation with experimental data. Besides the results of simulating specific systems new methods for the modelling of these types of nonlinear dynamic systems may be presented.
12. Classification Methodology
Organizer:T. Koski (Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden)
Abstract:Important classification problems in biology and medicine include taxonomy and clinical diagnostics. The recent availability of DNA sequence data has had a great impact on the mathematical research in taxonomy and this is a field in rapid progress. This session will focus on recent developments and new approaches.
Abstract:There will certainly be scientists willing to present interesting work at the conference that do not fit into one of the above sessions. The organising committee will evaluate the abstract submitted in this category separately and if possible organise a suitable way to include the presentations in the conference program.
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