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Mathematical Virology: Theory and Experiment for Viral Assembly

14th June 2004 to 17th June 2004

Organisers: P Maini (Oxford), T McLeish (Leeds), P Stockley (Leeds) and R Twarock (London).

Supported by the London Mathematical Society and EPSRC

Workshop held at the Centre for Mathematical Biology, University of Oxford

The focus of the workshop is on theory and experiment for vital stages of the viral life cycle. Particular emphasis is placed on the structure and assembly of viral capsids, i.e. shells formed from proteins that protect the viral genome, as well as the packaging of the viral genome inside these capsids. Mathematical models in this area are of strong current interest because they constitute important milestones for a better understanding of viral replication mechanisms and hence ultimately for the design of anti-viral therapeutics.

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The aim of the workshop is to bring together mathematicians, biophysicists and biologists in an interdisciplinary workshop. Besides talks and poster presentations, the workshop will schedule discussion groups open to all participants, which will streamline the synergies between the different approaches and help to identify new avenues for future research. We expect that with this structure the meeting will provide new insight and inspiration for experts and newcomers in the field alike, and will strongly encourage research in this timely and topical area of Mathematical Biology.


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