Plenary Speakers

Shanks Lecturer

Nicola Bellomo
Politecnico di Torino
President, Italian Society of Applied & Industrial Mathematics
Editor-in-Chief, Journal Mathematical Models and Methods in Applied Sciences
Talk Tiitle: Conceptual Paths From System Biology to Modelling Mutations and Progression of Tumor Cells

Nicola Bellomo is President of the Italian Society of Applied and Industrial Mathematics SIMAI and Editor-in-Chief, with Franco Brezzi, of the Journal Mathematical Models and Methods in Applied Sciences. His recent research activity has been devoted to mathematical modeling of complex systems constituted by many individuals interacting in a non-linear manner. This topic has been characterized, in recent years, by a remarkable surge of interest among applied mathematicians, physicists as well as researchers in various fields such as biology, economy, social sciences, and so on. This is due to the raising awareness that many systems in nature are of this kind and that modelling by traditional methods does not yield a fully satisfactory approach. Hence, new mathematical methods to complexity are needed. NB has developed, with Abdelghani Bellouquid and Marcello Delitala a new mathematical approach based on suitable developments of methods of nonequilibrium statistical mechanics to model complex systems. The main results and various applications, focused also on biological systems, are reported in the book: Modeling Complex Living Systems, Birkhauser, Boston (2008). 

Plenary Speakers

Linda J. S. Allen, Ph.D.
Professor of Mathematics
Texas Tech University
Talk Title: Zoonotic Diseases Carried by Rodents: Seasonal Fluctuations

Linda Allen is an applied mathematician whose research is in the areas of mathematical epidemiology and population biology. She has formulated mathematical models to study the dynamics and control of human and wildlife diseases (measles, chickenpox, chlamydia, rabies, hantavirus, and chytridiomycosis). Her recent research focuses on stochastic metapopulation models applicable to the spread of zoonotic diseases and to wildlife populations on the Southern High Plains.

Peter J. Basser, Ph.D.
National Institutes of Health
Talk Title: Elucidating Tissue Microstructure With Diffusion MRI

Carlos Castillo Chavez, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Mathematical and Theoretical Biology Institute
Executive Director, Strengthening the Understanding of Mathematics and Science
Arizona State University

Talk Title: Role of local and long-distance travel on the dynamics of infectious diseases

Carlos Castillo-Chavez's research and teaching program lives at the interface of the natural and social sciences and puts emphasis on the role of dynamic socia landscapes on disease evolution. He is the executive director of two institutes: the Mathematical and Theoretical Biology Institute or MTBI and SUMS (Strengthening the Understanding of Mathematics and Science). These institutes provide university experiences for students of economically disadvantaged groups with the goal of increasing the number of US under-represented minorities that earn a Ph.D. in the mathematical sciences. He is also the executive director of the Mathematical, Computational & Modeling Sciences Center, which establishes a forum that brings together a community of quantitative scientists and mathematicians from all corners of the university whose research and scholarship interests are driven by "intellectual fusion."

Gilles Clermont, M.D., M.Sc.
University of Pittsburgh

Talk Title: Multiscale Models of Infectious Disease

Dr. Gilles Clermont is an Associate Professor of Critical Care Medicine, Industrial Engineering and Mathematics at the University of Pittsburgh.  He is also the Medical Director of the Center for Inflammation and Regenerative Modeling, University of Pittsburgh.  Dr. Clermont is Co-Director of the University of Pittsburgh’s CRISMA Research Group, which is comprised of adult and pediatric critical care physicians and a dedicated research staff who specialize in clinical and health services research of the acutely ill.  He is also the co-founder of Immunetrics, Inc., a Pittsburgh based start-up bio-informatics company with the goal of providing software estimation of the acute inflammatory response and its relationship to prognosis.  Dr. Clermont is on the editorial board of the Journal of Critical.  He is a mentor for several Post-doc Fellows and Graduate Students.  He is also on the Executive Board of the Society for Complexity in Acute Illness (SCAI). Dr Clermont is Principal Investigator of several current NIH grants. His current research interests are Complexity in Critical Illness, Modeling of Acute Inflammation, Epidemiology of Critical Illness, and Cost Effectiveness Analysis.

Zhilan Feng, Ph.D.
Professor of Mathematics
Purdue University
Talk Title: Timely identification of optimal control strategies for emerging infectious diseases

Zhilan Feng’s research interests are focused on applications of differential equations and dynamical systems in biology, ecology, and epidemiology. Some of the resaerch projects on modeling host-parasite interactions with multiple strains, plant-herbivore dynamics mediated by plant toxins, and control and prevention of emerging/reimerging infectious diseases are partially funded by NSF, James S. McDonnell Foundation, and CDC.

John Hotchkiss, M.D.
University of Pittsburgh
Talk Title: Seeking Cinderella: Mathematical Models, Life Support, and Medical Education

Dr. John Hotchkiss received his undergraduate degree and MD from the University of Chicago. He is currently an associate professor in Critical Care Medicine and Medicine in the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, and maintains active clinical practices in Critical Care and in Nephrology. The underlying theme of Dr. Hotchkiss’s research program is the application of contemporary computational techniques to complex biological systems and clinical processes. The goal is to produce tools and approaches that can be used to improve patient care, either directly or by guiding the application of novel technologies in the clinical setting. Areas of active investigation include:
  1. Microsimulation based approaches to medical education;
  2. Quantitative assessment of provider competence and performance;
  3. Adverse effects of mechanical ventilation and patient:ventilator interaction;
  4. Operations research analyses of pathogen dissemination through healthcare facilities such as clinics, dialysis units, and intensive care units.
His presentation will focus on microsimulation based education and novel quantitative approaches to assessing provider performance, both in the context of mechanical ventilation.

Yi Jiang, Ph.D.
Los Alamos National Laboratory
Talk Title: Understanding tumor growth and angiogenesis: a multiscale modeling approach

Yi Jiang's research interests lie in the interface between physics and biology/medicine. Her current research focuses on the development of models for understanding the b
iophysical mechanisms underlying cancer development and collective motion in bacteria.


Harold Layton, Ph.D.
Professor of Mathematics
Department of Mathematics
Duke University
Talk Title: Dynamics of Tubuloglomerular Feedback

Harold Layton's research has been devoted to using mathematical modeling to better understand renal hemodynamic regulation and the mammalian urine concentrating mechanism. The work on hemodynamic regulation has mostly involved the dynamics of the tubuloglomerular feedback mechanism, which regulates the moment-to-moment single nephron glomerular filtration rate. The work on the concentrating mechanism has been directed to trying to understand how some mammals can excrete urine that has a much higher osmolality than does blood plasma.

Steven Wise
Assistant Professor of Mathematics
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Talk Title: Multiscale Modelinng of Solid Tumor Growth and Angiogenesis: The Effect of the Microenvironment

Dr. Wise conducts research in diverse areas within Numerical Analysis and Computational Mathematics. Broadly speaking, he is interested in moving boundary and phase transformation problems in fluids, biological matter, and materials.