[Bionews] Applications Open: NIMBioS Investigative Workshop on Mathematical Models of Metabolism and Body Weight Regulation

Catherine Crawley via bionews%40net.bio.net (by ccrawley from nimbios.org)
Wed Jan 12 13:27:49 EST 2011

The National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis
(NIMBioS) is now accepting applications for its Investigative Workshop:
Mathematical Models of Metabolism and Body Weight Regulation to be held
July 12-15, 2011, at NIMBioS.

*Objectives:* The mechanisms regulating human body weight are
extraordinarily complex, and the ongoing obesity epidemic makes it
imperative that we improve our understanding of these processes. In the
engineering and physical sciences, there is a long history of using
mathematical models and computer simulations to better understand the
behavior of complex systems. This approach is now becoming more widely
used in the biological and clinical sciences and a small but important
field is emerging that uses mathematical and computational methods to
address key questions about human metabolism and body weight regulation.
This work is highly interdisciplinary and researchers entering this
field are posed with communication challenges arising from the disparate
backgrounds of researchers in mathematical and medical sciences. While
this challenge is typical of truly interdisciplinary research, a second
unique challenge arises from the intense media coverage of obesity and
weight loss that often misinforms as much as it educates. The goal of
this workshop is to bring together researchers in the fields of obesity
and metabolism with investigators expert in mathematical and
computational modeling to facilitate communication and collaboration
between these researchers. The workshop will provide background on the
physiology of human body weight regulation, highlight some of the recent
progress applying such methods to modeling human metabolism, food
intake, and body composition, and pose open mathematical modeling
problems originating from metabolism and body weight regulation
research. We believe that it will act as a catalyst for future research
on this important topic.

*Organizers:* Kevin D. Hall (NIDDK, National Institutes of Health);
Steven B. Heymsfield (Global Director, Scientific Affairs, Obesity,
Merck & Co., Inc.); Diana M. Thomas (Assoc. Professor of Mathematical
Sciences, Montclair State University)

*Location:* NIMBioS at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville

For more information about the tutorial and a link to the online
application form, go to http://www.nimbios.org/workshops/WS_metabolism

*Application deadline:* March 14, 2011

The National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis
(NIMBioS) brings together researchers from around the world to
collaborate across disciplinary boundaries to investigate solutions to
basic and applied problems in the life sciences. NIMBioS is sponsored by
the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Homeland
Security, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture with additional support
from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Catherine Crawley, Ph.D.
Communications Coordinator
National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS)
University of Tennessee
1534 White Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37996-1527
Phone: (865) 974-9350
Fax: (865) 974-9461
Email: ccrawley from nimbios.org
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