Special Emphasis Year
Biological Dynamics: Mathematics of Cellular Systems to Epidemics
The School of Mathematics and Statistics 2021 Special Emphasis Year will be on “Biological Dynamics: Mathematics of Cellular Systems to Epidemics”. We will be constructing a program to build on and promote the internationally recognised expertise within the school in the multi-disciplinary field of Biological Dynamics.
The Special Emphasis Year will be led by Prof Jennifer Flegg and Dr Douglas Brumley, with core members Prof James McCaw, Prof Edmund Crampin, Prof Michael Stumpf, Prof Barry Hughes and A/Prof James Osborne.
The University’s Computational Biology Hallmark Research Initiative (CBRI) was established in 2014, and fostered a growing campus-wide community using mathematical, statistical and computational techniques to study biological systems.
A key outcome of the CBRI has been the identification and consolidation of two major areas of research strength across the University: ‘Statistical Genomics’ and ‘Biological Dynamics’ (the latter being research into biological systems in which the study of dynamics is the central unifying feature).
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought to the attention of the world the role that mathematical modelling can play in providing essential mechanistic understanding of biological systems. Prof James McCaw has been leading the mathematical modelling work that has helped guide the Australian response to the pandemic.
The mathematics behind modelling disease outbreaks will be a key theme of the Special Emphasis Year. The team will also be highlighting and building on other aspects of their research in areas including systems biology, multicellular biology, tissue dynamics, within-host dynamics and biological fluid dynamics.
Special Emphasis Year supported events
Society for Mathematical Biology Mini-Symposia
In 2021, the Society for Mathematical Biology will be holding its annual meeting online. This year, three of our members within the Melbourne Mathematical Biology (MMB) group have organised a mini-symposia (details below), which are being supported by the Special Emphasis Year, “Biological Dynamics: Mathematics of Cellular Systems to Epidemics“. Date: June 13 – 17, […]
The Melbourne Mathematical Biology Group is proud to host a celebration of Women in Mathematics as part of May12 events. The event is sponsored by the Special Emphasis Year and the School of Mathematics and Statistics. Join us on Thursday 12th May 2022, at Old Quadrangle, Cussonia Court Room 1, Parkville, VIC 3052 The event […]
ANZIAM2021 – Mathematical Biology Special Interest Group Annual Meeting
In 2021, ANZIAM will be holding its annual conference virtually, and as a result the Mathematical Biology Special Interest Group (MBSIG) will also be meeting in a virtual setting. Theme Decision Making and Mathematical Biology Date Monday 8th of February 2021 Where This years MBSIG annual meeting will be held virtually on VirtualChair, in the Plenary […]
“Cell Motility in Dynamic Environments” is the first of two MATRIX Research Programs, with the second being “Mathematics of Tissue Dynamics”. This research program will specifically examine the intricate coupling between fluid mechanics, cell motility and active navigation, ubiquitous features of the microbial world. The participants will present novel mathematical and experimental approaches for […]
“Mathematics of Tissue Dynamics” is the second of two MATRIX Research Programs, with the first being “Cell Motility in Dynamic Environments”. This program will see graduate students and world-leading mathematical modellers come together to collaborate in a week-long research intensive program, in the area of tissue dynamics. We will focus on multiple scales, incorporating […]