19th Annual Workshop Computational Cell Biology June 11-14, 2018

The 19th Annual Workshop on Computational Cell Biology will be sponsored by the Center for Cell Analysis and Modeling (CCAM) at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine on June 11-14, 2018. This is an intense hands-on course designed to enable cell biologists and biophysicists to develop models of their experimental system using Virtual Cell and COPASI software systems.  As a NIH Biomedical Technology Resource, we are charged with supporting NIH fundedresearch through collaborative projects. Accordingly, priority for acceptance
into the course is given to NIH-funded laboratories.

The course will consist of ½ day of introductory lectures presented by the developers of the two software platforms. The remaining 3.5 days will consist of continuous interactive, hands-on sessions using the software for developing models and performing simulations. The course will be limited to about 12 people to allow for extensive one-on-one teaching sessions and to promote in-depth scientific discussions among the participants and instructors. Course instructors will include Michael Blinov, Ann Cowan, Leslie Loew, Pedro Mendes, Ion Moraru,
Jim Schaff, and Boris Slepchenko.

 

USTARS 2018 Mentoring Panel

Dr. Luis Sordo Vieira attended the 8th annual Underrepresented Students in Topology and Algebra Research Symposium (USTARS) at Reed College on April 6-8, 2018. He was invited to be on the mentoring panel. For more information about USTARS, please visit https://www.ustars.org/

Dr. Luis Sordo Vieira was one of the two winners in the non-student category of the poster competition at the Latinx in the mathematical sciences at UCLA poster session. 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Luis Sordo Vieira of Center for Quantitative Medicine at UConn Health, was one of the two winners in the non-student category of the poster competition at the Latinx in the mathematical sciences at UCLA poster session.  The title of the poster was “A multi-scale agent-based model of tumor growth: The role of Iron and the tumor microenvironment.”

 

Drs Pedro Mendes, Reinhard Laubenbacher, Anna Dongari-Bagtzoglou awarded $1.69 million from National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Drs. Reinhard Laubenbacher and Pedro Mendes of the Center for Quantitative Medicine, and Dr. Anna Dongari-Bagtzoglou of The Division of Periodontology UConn School of Dental Medicine, have been awarded over $1.69 million over the next four years from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for “Control of heterogeneous microbial communities using model-based multi-objective optimization” (1R01GM127909-01).  A novel mathematical approach to an important use of Agent-based models (ABMs) as a means to model-based control biological system. Rather than viewing the ABM as a model, it is to be viewed as a surrogate for the actual system.

ggalluvial v0.5.0: A ggplot2 Extension for Alluvial Diagrams, an R package by Cory Brunson, is now available on CRAN

ggplot2 is a very popular R package for data visualization.  When Dr. Jason (Cory) Brunson, a postdoctoral fellow, engaged in a data analysis project with the State Comptroller’s office, he began developing an extension to ggplot2 to create so-called alluvial diagrams, like the one used by Bergstrom and Rosvall in their PLOS One paper.[1]  Dr. Brunson kept working on it intermittently, and a couple of months ago he submitted it to CRAN, which is the primary repository for stable R packages.[2].

Alluvial diagrams can be used to represent repeated categorical measures, classifications that evolve over time, and multi-dimensional categorical data. ggalluvial produces alluvial diagrams using the principles and syntax of the tidyverse packages, including ggplot2 and tidyr.

Please click on the link to an introduction/tutorial that he wrote.[3]

[1]: http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0008694

[2]: https://cran.r-project.org/package=ggalluvial

[3]: https://cran.r-project.org/web/packages/ggalluvial/vignettes/ggalluvial.html

The Center for Quantitative Medicine (CQM) and Practice Transformation Network (PTN) faculty and staff joined together to support the Toys for Tots drive, helping to bring the spirit of the holidays to less fortunate families and children. 

The Center for Quantitative Medicine (CQM) and Practice Transformation Network (PTN) faculty and staff joined together to support the Toys for Tots drive, helping to bring the spirit of the holidays to less fortunate families and children.  For more information about Toys for Tots Foundation, please visit https://www.toysfortots.org/

 

 

UConn Health/JAX faculty member, Dr. Reinhard Laubenbacher, wins $2.7M grant to develop better tools for biomedical modeling

UConn Health/JAX faculty member, Dr. Reinhard Laubenbacher, has been awarded over $2.7 million over the next four years from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for “Modular design of multiscale models, with an application to the innate immune response to fungal respiratory pathogens” (1U01EB024501-01). The project aims to develop a novel modular approach to model architecture to improve the usability of multiscale mathematical models. Such tools have emerged as essential tools in the life sciences, especially biomedicine.

https://ip.uconn.edu/news/230/UConn%20Health%2FJAX%20faculty%20wins%20%242.7M%20grant%20to%20develop%20better%20tools%20for%20biomedical%20modeling

 

 

 

 

Dr. Reinhard Laubenbacher has been named an inaugural Fellow of the Society for Mathematical Biology

Dr. Reinhard Laubenbacher, director of the Center for Quantitative Medicine at the UConn School of Medicine and The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine, has been named an inaugural Fellow of the Society for Mathematical Biology. The Society promotes the development and dissemination of research and education at the interface between the mathematical and biological sciences. The Society serves a diverse community of researchers and educators in academia, industry, and government agencies throughout the world. Dr. Laubenbacher was honored at the Society’s annual meeting in Salt Lake City last month.

Society for Mathematical Biology announces inaugural Fellows of the Society

 

 

 

Dr. Thomas Agresta Featured in The Pulse on Discussion of State Health Information Exchange

Dr. Thomas Agresta, director of clinical informatics at the Center for Quantitative Medicine at UConn Health, was asked about his work with the Health IT Advisory Council and the upcoming roundtables.

A series of health information technology community stakeholder roundtables is taking place next week at UConn Health and five other locations throughout the state. Allan Hackney, Connecticut’s health information technology (HIT) officer, will lead the discussions and review the findings of a report prepared for the Health IT Advisory Council.

The UConn Health roundtable is scheduled for Thursday, July 20, from 8 to 9:30 a.m. in the Cell and Genome Sciences Building.

Stakeholder groups include physician, nursing, patient advocacy, consumer-oriented, business, academic health center, health care delivery network, insurer, government agency, business and others. Attendees are asked to register in advance, as space is limited.

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