A one-day workshop on the theme of mathematical modelling in biology and medicine was held at the University of Wollongong on the 29 November 2016. The meeting lasted from 10:00 to 17:20, stretched over three sessions.

The invited speakers were Professor John Murray (UNSW), who talked on the use of operations research methods to determine features within found HIV envelope sequences, and Dr Kara Perrow (UOW), who described the use of nanocarriers to overcome drug delivery barriers in cancer therapy. There were an additional fifteen presentations, eleven by students including one experimental talk. There were eight presenters from the University of Sydney, five from the University of Wollongong and one each from the Australian National University and the University of Notre Dame.

Topics covered in the supporting presentations included:

  • Cancer, with an emphasis on using viruses to kill cancer cells
  • Cell growth, with applications in tissue engineering
  • Cell migration
  • Controlled drug delivery
  • Epidemiology (influenza, rsv, smoking)
  • Grandmothers – why do we have them?
  • The lymphatic vascular system
  • Positron emission tomography

The meeting attracted over sixty registered delegates and a handful of last minute attendees.

The meeting was financed in the first place by the Institute for Mathematics and Its Applications, with all costs being reimbursed from the NSW branch of ANZIAM. The organisers would like to thank both organisations for their support.

Organising Committee

Associate Professor M.I. Nelson (School of Mathematics and Applied Statistics, UOW)
Dr S. Oktaria (Centre for Medical Radiation Physics, UOW)
Associate Professor A. Worthy (School of Mathematics and Applied Statistics, UOW)