Ion Channels: Mathematical Modeling and Analysis (16frg212)


(York University)

(Illinois Institute of Technology)

Chun Liu (Illinois Institute of Technology)


The Banff International Research Station will host the "Ion Channels: Mathematical Modeling and Analysis" workshop in Banff from October 18, 2015 to October 25, 2015.

Life occurs in electrolyte solutions made of mixtures of ‘bio-ions’ (sodium Na+, potassium K+, calcium Ca2+, and chloride Cl−), along with many other charged components. The ions in biological mixtures (called ‘Ringer solutions’ in general) carry information that controls biological systems. The selective flow of some of these ions are the signals of the nervous system, coordinate contraction of muscle and allow the heart to function as a pump. One of the key components of many complex biological systems is the ion channels, proteins that embedded in cell membranes. Developing new mathematical and computational tools for ion channels is the main focus of this Focused Research Group.

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).