2014 Interdisciplinary Innovation Forum: “Mathematical Biology”

We’ve all heard the term “big data,” and we know that genomic research is the future of medicine, from diagnosis to therapeutics. Scientists are making regular advances in understanding how genes and proteins determine our likelihood to develop chronic conditions including Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and cancer.

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The field of Mathematical Biology lies at this intersection of biology, biochemistry, and mathematics. Modeling and quantitative analysis, provided by mathematicians, can help establish patterns within scientific data and suggest next steps for researchers and clinicians. The upcoming Interdisciplinary Innovation Forum explores this topic and features four speakers who will highlight advances in the field, which could determine the future of medicine for generations.

Four prominent scholars will present on this emerging field April 8, 1:00-3:00 p.m., at the UAB National Alumni Society House. You can explore past Interdisciplinary Innovation Forum at UAB here.

The speakers are:

Hassan Fathallah-Shaykh. Hassan Fathallah-Shaykh
Associate Professor of Neurology and Mathematics, UAB
"Next Frontier and Mine of Opportunities in Math and Biology"

Philip Maini. Philip Maini
Professor of Mathematical Biology (by Recognition of Distinction), Mathematical Institute, Oxford University, England
"What has Mathematics Done for Biology?"

James Keener. James Keener
Distinguished Professor of Mathematics and Adjunct Professor of Bioengineering, University of Utah
"What has Math Biology Done for You Lately?"

Emmanuele DiBenedetto. Emmanuele DiBenedetto
Centennial Professor of Mathematics, Professor of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics, Vanderbilt University
"Visual Transduction: A Paradigm for Signaling"

For More Information

To learn more about the CAS Interdisciplinary Innovation Forums, contact:
Yogesh K. Vohra
Professor & University Scholar; Associate Dean
(205) 934-6662