in conjunction with the 24th Annual Shanks Lecture and Conference
and the Atlantic Coast Symposium on the Mathematical Sciences
in Biology and Biomedicine

Department of Mathematics, Vanderbilt University, May 18-21, 2009

Sponsored by
the Shanks Endowment,
the National Science Foundation,
and Vanderbilt University.

Biomathematics encompasses the application of mathematical methods to the study of living organisms.  Mathematics plays an essential role in understanding biological systems on many different scales both size and time.  For example, we can model biological processes at various scales: (1) molecular, sub-cellular, cellular, tissue, organism and population; and (2) milliseconds, seconds, minutes, hours, days and years.  Mathematics has a rich history as a tool for biologists.  More recently, mathematics has found applications in the medical sciences, both in the basic sciences of medicine and in patient care. The 24th Shanks Conference is a forum for all areas of biomathematics, but speakers have been invited from the special interest areas:

  • Models of Cancer Growth
  • Models of Epidemics & Infection
  • Models of Physiologic Systems and Clinical Practice
  • Medical Imaging

Shanks Lecturer:  Nicola Bellomo, Politecnico di Torino

Invited Speakers:

  • Linda J. S. Allen, Ph.D., Texas Tech University
  • Peter J. Basser, Ph.D., National Institutes of Health
  • Carlos Castillo-Chavez, Ph.D., Arizona State University
  • Gilles Clermont, M.D., M.Sc., University of Pittsburgh
  • Zhilan Feng, Ph.D., Purdue University
  • John Hotchkiss, M.D., University of Pittsburgh
  • Yi Jiang, Ph.D, Los Alamos National Laboratory
  • Harold Layton, Ph.D., Duke University
  • Steven Wise, Ph.D., University of Tennessee, Knoxville
(For more about the invited speakers, click here.)

Sponsored by the Shanks Endowment, the National Science Foundation, and Vanderbilt University.