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[Computational-biology] Call for Applications: Heart Rhythm Disorders, a NIMBioS Investigative Workshop

Catherine Crawley via comp-bio%40net.bio.net (by ccrawley from nimbios.org)
Tue May 13 10:20:54 EST 2014

The National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis
(NIMBioS) is now accepting applications for its Investigative Workshop,
"Heart Rhythm Disorders," to be held December 3-5, 2014, at NIMBioS.

*Objectives: ***The heart is a complex nonlinear system, whose function
involves the interaction between mechanical contractions of cardiac
muscles and waves of electrical excitation propagating in the heart.
Heartbeats are the result of the nonlinear coupling between these
electrical and mechanical functions of the heart. Cardiovascular
diseases, which are often associated with heart rhythm disorders, are
the leading cause of death in the Western world. A complete
understanding of heart rhythm disorders requires a complex system-level
approach that incorporates the interaction between electrical, chemical
and mechanical activities of the heart on a variety of biological
scales: ion channels to single cells to multi-cellular tissue to organ.
Given the difficulty of monitoring and controlling all these factors in
the lab, mathematical modeling provides a useful tool for this purpose.
The goal of this workshop is to unite researchers from different
disciplines -- clinicians, mathematicians, physicists, biomedical
engineers, and industrial practitioners -- in order to better understand
the existing mathematical challenges and to explore new directions in
modeling of cardiovascular dynamics. As a result of the workshop, we
will identify challenges and frontiers in mathematical modeling,
statistics and prediction, dynamics and control, stability analysis, as
well as data acquisition and analysis for heart rhythm related diseases.
We will also foster new interdisciplinary collaborations.

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

*Co-Organizers: *Alena Talkachova, Biomedical Engineering, Univ. of
Minnesota; John Wesley Cain, Mathematics and Computer Science, Univ. of
Richmond; and Xiaopeng Zhao, Mechanical, Aerospace and Biomedical
Engineering, Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville

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

Participation in the workshop is by application only. Individuals with a
strong interest in the topic are encouraged to apply, and successful
applicants will be notified within two weeks of the application
deadline. If needed, financial support for travel, meals, and lodging is
available for workshop attendees.

*Application deadline:* August 1, 2014

The National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis
(NIMBioS) (http://www.nimbios.org) 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,

Catherine Crawley, Ph.D.
Communications Manager
National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS) 
University of Tennessee 
1122 Volunteer Blvd, Ste. 106
Knoxville, TN 37996
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