Call for Applications: Modeling Blood Cell Interactions, a NIMBioS Investigative Workshop

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Call for Applications: Modeling Blood Cell Interactions, a NIMBioS Investigative Workshop

Catherine Crawley
The National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis
(NIMBioS) is now accepting applications for its Investigative Workshop,
*"Modeling Blood Cell Interactions"* to be held June 5-7, 2013, at NIMBioS.

*Objectives:* The blood of human and other vertebrates contains a large
number of individual, circulating cells. The interactions of these cells
with each other and with the internal lining of blood vessels (vascular
endothelium) are a key factor in maintaining body homeostasis, including
adequate delivery of oxygen to body tissues, protection of the body
against invading pathogens and defective cells, and plugging vascular
wounds by blood clots. Mathematical modeling of the interactions of
blood cells is a challenging, multifaceted, and multi-scale problem that
can be appropriately solved only through integration of knowledge across
several disciplines such as cell biology, physiology, biophysics,
engineering, and mathematics. The Modeling Blood Cell Interactions
(MBCI) workshop will bring together experts from these disciplines to
share their recent progress in the investigation of blood cell
interactions. MBCI will identify future directions in modeling of the
collective dynamics of normal and sickle red blood cells, white blood
cell-platelet-endothelial cell interactions, hematogenous metastasis of
cancer, and activation and migration of adherent leukocytes and tumor cells.

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

*Co-Organizers: * Damir B. Khismatullin, Dept. of Biomedical
Engineering, Tulane Univ.; George Em Karniadakis, Division of Applied
Mathematics, Brown Univ.; Konstantinos Konstantopoulos, Dept. of
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Johns Hopkins Univ.

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

There are no fees associated with this workshop. Workshop participation
is by application only. Individuals with a strong interest in the topic,
including post-docs and graduate students, are encouraged to apply. If
needed, NIMBioS can provide support (travel, meals, lodging) for
Workshop attendees. Applicants selected to attend will be notified by
NIMBioS by March 13.

*Application Deadline: February 25, 2013*

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,
Knoxville.


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Catherine Crawley, Ph.D.
National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS)
University of Tennessee
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