Keck Futures Initiative to hold math modeling conference with Vanderbilt University

04/16/04

WASHINGTON The National Academies Keck FUTURES INITIATIVE announced today that it has awarded $45,000 to Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn., to host a conference this summer on MATHEMATICAL MODELS IN SIGNALING SYSTEMS. The conference, to be held June 16-18, is the first of three follow-up conferences to the annual Keck FUTURES conference held last November, which focused on signaling.

The Vanderbilt conference will provide a forum at which students and young scientists can explore interdisciplinary approaches to cell signaling, pharmacology, and cell biology. During the conference, biologists, physicists, mathematicians, and computational scientists will present and assess quantitative models of how cells communicate with one another. Specifically, they will identify promising methods and theories, and trace future directions for this emerging field. The keynote speaker will be Leroy Hood, M.D., Ph.D., from the Institute for Systems Biology in Seattle. Session topics include DETAILED LOCAL MODELS OF SIGNALING PATHWAYS, CELLULAR MODELS AND SPATIAL COMPLEXITY, EXPERIMENTAL APPROACHES TO UNDERSTANDING NETWORKS, and ANALYSIS OF NETWORK ARCHITECTURE. AstraZeneca, a U.S. pharmaceutical company, will also sponsor the conference.

The three FUTURES follow-up conferences will examine a wide range of approaches to signaling systems. These conferences offer researchers who participated in the November conference titled SIGNALS, DECISIONS, AND MEANING IN BIOLOGY, CHEMISTRY, PHYSICS, AND ENGINEERING the opportunity to build on discussions they began there. The hosts for the two other follow-up conferences will be announced in coming months.

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