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The Society for Mathematical Biology Annual Meeting and Conference, July 25-28, 2012

SMB 2012 Minisymposia

MS6: Bridging mathematical models and experiments - July 25, 11:40-1:20 p.m.   SESSION B
Organizer: Yi Jiang (Mathematics and Statistics, Georgia State Univ., Atlanta, GA; and Technical Staff Member, Theoretical Division, Los Alamos National Lab, Los Alamos, NM, USA)
Presenters: Mark Alber, Yi Jiang, Paul Macklin, Bridget Wilson

Summary. While the values of mathematical modeling in biological and biomedical systems have long been recognized, the ultimate challenge is to generate quantitative and predictive models that link genes, proteins, and other biomolecules, to cellular, tissue and organismal function. Key to becoming quantitative and predictive is for mathematical models to integrate the wet-lab experiments. In particular, bridging modeling and experiment has three aspects: translation from conceptual biological models to mathematical models, derivation of model parameters from experimental data, and quantitative comparison between modeling and experimental results. The invited talks in this minisymposium demonstrate the state of the arts in these efforts. The speakers include both mathematical modelers and experimental biologists, and topics range from cancer development, vasculogenesis, to bacteria organization.