Welcome to PASI 2013

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On behalf of Pan American Advance Studies Institute (PASI) and National Science Foundation (NSF) we are proud to announce 3 week school  “From Cells to Ecosystems: Frontiers in Collaborative Quantitative Physics-Based Multiscale Modeling of Biological Processes”. Our goal is to gather researchers from throughout the Americas at levels from advanced undergraduate student to senior faculty and representing the biological, physical, computational and mathematical sciences in an intensive course program to teach quantitative multi-cell, multi-scale modeling of biological systems via tutorials and hands-on computer laboratories. The PASI International Advisory and Organizing Committees (representing Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Uruguay, Venezuela, and the USA) have selected top researchers committed to inter-American collaboration to lecture on the major mathematical and computational approaches used in modeling at individual scales and on techniques for multiscale integration.

One key barrier to the wider use of multicell modeling by the biological and medical communities is that model building and model application both usually require significant expertise in programming and numerical methods, in addition to understanding of specific biological issues. This PASI is designed to help participants overcome this obstacle to facilitate interdisciplinary, multi-site collaborative research in this rapidly expanding area. Topics will include techniques for modeling subcellular dynamics of the cytoskeleton, reaction-kinetic modeling of biochemical networks, quantification and representation of cell behaviors and multicellular interactions, emergent pattern formation during development and disease, multiscale interactions in complex tissues and the analogies between cells in tissues and organisms in ecosystems.

The PASI will foster collaboration within and between institutions and researchers in the Americas and promote student mobility between institutions. To further increase opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration, we will host a Symposium on Computational and Experimental Developmental Biology during the first weekend break in the PASI, which will present specialized talks by international experts.

PASI activities will also be the focus of the Escola de Pós-Graduação that takes every year in July at Instituto de Física of the Universidade federal do Rio Grande do Sul.


Goal: By the end of the summer school, participants will have implemented a basic simulation of the particular biological problem they work on. Post-course support and collaboration will be available to continue simulation development.