Imaging, Interpretation and Modeling in Modern Immunology (11w5045)


Daniel Coombs (University of British Columbia)

(Utrecht University, Theoretical Biology & Bioinformatics)



The Banff International Research Station will host the "Imaging, Interpretation and Modeling in Modern Immunology" workshop from April 10th to April 15th, 2011.

Advances in microscopic imaging techniques have revolutionized our knowledge of biological cellular and subcellular dynamics in vitro and in vivo. Nowhere are these advances clearer than in modern immunology, where we have newfound abilities to chart cellular interactions in living tissues, and to identify and track individual molecular players at dynamic intercellular interfaces.

The objective of this workshop is to allow for substantial and detailed interactions between experimental and mathematical scientists working in cellular immunology. We hope that this will allow the experimental scientists to develop an understanding of existing computational tools for data analysis, and equally, that mathematical scientists can learn where there expertise can most fruitfully be directed in order to impact the field. We also hope that this unusual workshop will lead to new interdisciplinary collaborations.

The Banff International Research Station for Mathematical Innovation and Discovery (BIRS) is a collaborative Canada-US-Mexico venture that provides an environment for creative interaction as well as the exchange of ideas, knowledge, and methods within the Mathematical Sciences, with related disciplines and with industry. The research station is located at The Banff Centre in Alberta and is supported by Canada's Natural Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF), Alberta's Advanced Education and Technology, and Mexico's Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (CONACYT).