Pan-American Advanced Studies Institutes (PASI) Presents:
From Cells to Ecosystems: Frontiers in Collaborative Quantitative Physics-Based Multiscale Modeling of Biological Processes
Background: The application of physics-based methods to develop quantitative, predictive multiscale models of complex biological phenomena is one of the most rapidly growing and exciting areas of contemporary biology. New open-source software platforms make the development of such models easier than ever before. This workshop will gather researchers from throughout the Americas at levels from advanced undergraduate student to senior faculty and representing the biological, physical, computational and mathematical sciences in an intensive course program to teach these methods via tutorials and hands-on computer laboratories.
Goals: The main objectives are to educate young investigators in modeling methods they can apply to their own research, introduce them to advanced techniques in which combinations of methods can be used to span multiple scales, and to increase the integration of research between USA and Latin American countries in interdisciplinary biological modeling.
Topics: Techniques for modeling subcellular dynamics of the cytoskeleton, reaction-kinetic modeling of biochemical networks, quantification and representation of cell behaviors and multicellular interactions, emergent pattern formation during development and disease, multiscale interactions in complex tissues and the analogies between cells in tissues and organisms in ecosystems.
Format: The workshop will consist of a limited number of lectures and hands-on computer tutorials and will include brief oral presentations by all participants, regardless of level.
Instructors: A. Mogilner (University of California at Davis, USA); H. Sauro (University of Washington, USA); R.M.C. de Almeida (Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil); J.A. Glazier and M. Swat (Indiana University, USA); S. Schnell (University of Michigan, USA), L. G. Morelli (Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina); P. Maini (University of Oxford, UK); A. Erdemir (Cleveland Clinic, USA); C.A. Hunt (University of California San Francisco, USA); H. Fort (Universidad de la Republica, Uruguay); T. Penna (Universidade Federal Fluminense, Brazil).
Audience: Experimental, Mathematical and Computational Biologists, Biophysicists, Biologists at the advanced undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate levels.
Fees: There is no registration fee. Travel support is available for qualified applicants.
Application and Registration: We will recruit experimentalists and theoretical researchers with strong interests in tissue and ecosystem modeling and developers of alternative modeling approaches. Registration through website listed below. Registration deadline May 15, 2013.
Facilities: Instituto de Física, UFRGS, Porto Alegre, Brazil.