IRP RECENT PROGRESS IN MATHEMATICAL BIOLOGY
Biology and biomedicine are experiencing a revolution driven by new high throughput technologies (OMICS, new imaging methodologies, etc.). These new technologies are producing a wealth of high-quality, high-resolution data that, perhaps for the first time, allow for quantitative characterisation of biological phenomena. However, there is also the danger that biologists and biomedical researchers are overwhelmed by the amount of data they are generating, unless new methods for data-management and quantitative theories allow them to interpret and contextualise their observations. Driven by this need, new developments in Mathematical Biology have emerged. The aim of this programme is to bring together experts from different areas of Mathematical Biology (neuroscience, tumour modelling, population dynamics,...) which have developed different methods trying to address the new challenges in their associated areas of biological and biomedical research.
The members of the scientific committee have experience in the organization of intensive programs. Jose Antonio Carrillo and Toni Guillamon organized (together with Angel Calsina) the "Research program on Mathematical Biology: Modelling and Differential Equations" which took place in the CRM from January 2009 until June 2009. Silvia Cuadrado was the organizer of the weekly seminar of the previous program and was also a member of the scientific committee of the "Research Program on Mathematics of Biodiversity" which took place in June-July 2012 also in the CRM. Jose Antonio Carrillo together with Shi Jin and Peter Markowich organized a thematica program at the Newton Institute for the Mathematical Sciences in the University of Cambridge in fall 2010. Jose Antonio Carrillo together with Andrea Bertozzi, Wilfrid Gangbo, Yann Brenier, Jean Michel Morel and Peter Markowich organized a thematic program in Optimal Transport at the Institute of Pure and Applied Mathematics in UCLA during March-June 2008.
These last two programs had lots of connections with mathematical biology via kinetic and transport modelling.
This activity will be included among the scientific activities organized in the framework of the "Year of Mathematical Biology" organized by the European Mathematical Society (EMS) and the European Society of Mathematical and Theoretical Biology (ESMTB) in 2018. Therefore, it will be a way to increase the international impact of the CRM and the groups in mathematical biology of the Barcelona area. Jose Antonio Carrillo is the chairman of the Applied Mathematics Committee of the EMS and it will be acting as the main coordinator of this activity in 2018.