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Vertical Integration in Biology: From Molecules to Organisms

24th September 2001 to 28th September 2001

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Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences

From Individual to Collective Behaviour in Biological Systems

10 Sep - 19 Dec 2001

Organisers: Professor PK Maini (Oxford), Professor H Othmer (Minnesota), Professor TJ Pedley (Cambridge), Professor BD Sleeman (Leeds)

A Newton Institute Workshop


24 September - 28 September 2001

Organisers: Dr Nick Monk, Professor Philip Maini, Professor Denis Noble, Professor Tim Pedley and Professor Michael Akam

Programme Participants

Themes: Biological systems exhibit prominent behaviour at the levels of both individuals and populations. Empirical and theoretical research at each of these levels has led to tremendous advances in knowledge; however, much less is understood about the mechanisms underlying the integration and coordination of behaviour at the individual level to produce coherent population-level behaviour (vertical integration). This workshop will bring together leading experimental and theoretical researchers, together with those working at the interface between the two communities. The aim will be to identify and explore new interdisciplinary approaches to the problem of vertical integration. Examples will be drawn from the broad areas of cell and developmental biology and physiology.

Specific areas of focus:

  1. cell signalling
  2. morphogenesis
  3. gene networks
  4. neural networks and neurophysiology
  5. cardiology

The workshop will incorporate a special one-day workshop Gene Networks: Bridging the Gap Between Bioinformatics and Mathematical Modelling, to be held on Tuesday 25 September. Applications for this day alone will be considered.

Confirmed Speakers: R Adams (Bath), F Ashcroft (Oxford), D Bray (Cambridge), G Forgacs (Missouri), T Hoefer (Berlin), P Hunter (Auckland), J Jack (Oxford), R Keller (Virginia), P Kulesa (Caltech), M Levine (Berkeley), J Lewis (London), A McCulloch (San Diego), D Noble (Oxford), J Reinitz (New York), J Sherratt (Edinburgh), G von Dassow (seattle), K Weijer (Dundee), RL Winslow (John Hopkins School of Med), L Wolpert (London).

Location and cost: The Workshop will take place at the Newton Institute and accommodation for participants will be provided in single study bedrooms with shared bathrooms at Wolfson Court, a hall of residence adjacent to the Institute.. The Workshop package costs £250, which includes registration fee, accommodation, breakfast and dinner from dinner on Sunday 23 September until breakfast on Friday 28 September, and lunches and refreshments on the days that lectures take place.

The closing date for the receipt of applications is 30 April 2001.

Scientific enquiries may be addressed to Dr Nick Monk or Professor Philip Maini.

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