Scottish Mathematical Biology Forum

Thursday 5 December 2019

ICMS, The Bayes Centre, 47 Potterrow, Edinburgh EH8 9BT

Organisers – StAMBio, University of St Andrews 
Ruth Bowness, Cicely Macnamara, Tommaso Lorenzi, Chiara Villa, Anas Lasri Doukkali

Following last year’s Scottish Mathematical Biology Forum (SMBF), this year we will continue to build upon its success with 8 more fantastic presentations spanning the length, breadth and depth of our vibrant community. The key purpose of the workshop will be to spark new collaborations between our members and to facilitate this we will be offering up to £500 in prize money for the best cross-institutional research proposal(s) submitted on or shortly after the event.

The meeting also offers the opportunity to visit the fantastic new home of ICMS – with amazing views across Edinburgh. We look forward to seeing you at ICMS in December.


The workshop will start at 10:00  and finish at approximately 16:00  on Thursday 5 December 2019.


Numbers are limited to a maximum of 80 participants. We will give priority to applicants from Scottish research institutes in the first instance. Invited speakers have been added to the participant list automatically. All other participants are invited to apply to this workshop by completing this public application form.

There will be no registration fee for this workshop.


The rail fare for early career researchers (PhD students and Post-Docs) will be covered by the meeting organisers.

Please see the Visiting ICMS page for details of our location.

If travelling by train, please note that Edinburgh has several railway stations - Waverley Railway Station being the main station and closest to the workshop venue. If you alight at Edinburgh Waverley, the workshop venue is an easy 15 minute walk away.
Lothian buses charge £1.70 for a single, £4.00 for a day ticket. Please note if paying by cash that the exact fare is required and no change is given. However, Lothian Buses now accept contactless payments too. (see for more details).

This work was supported by The Royal Society of Edinburgh


Thursday 5 December


Registration with coffee


Ruth Bowness & Cicely Macnamara (University of St Andrews)
Introduction to the meeting


Raluca Eftimie  (University of Dundee) 
Mathematical modelling and investigation of macrophages heterogeneity and their impact on the evolution of cancer


Kevin Painter (Heriot-Watt) 
Bringing perception range into models for biological movement


Xiaoyu Luo  (University of Glasgow) 
Cardiac growth and remodelling after heart attack


Andrew Fraser  (University of Dundee) 
Inferring Hba1c from CGM data


Lunch and Networking
Develop ideas for new cross-institutional collaborations.


Mariya Ptashnyk (Heriot-Watt) 
Multiscale modelling and analysis of root growth


Scott Denholm   (SRUC
Genetics and Genomics of Immune-Associated Traits in Dairy Cows

15.00- 15.30

Chiara Villa  (University of St Andrews) 
Modelling the emergence of phenotypic heterogeneity in vascular tumours

15.30- 16.00

Linus Schumacher (University of Edinburgh)
Bayesian inference of cell state transition dynamics from heterogeneous stem cell populations

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