2 p.m. - 3 p.m. Location: JO 4.614
University of Montana
Modeling In Vitro Local Drug Delivery (A View on the Role of Mathematical Biology Programs in the New Educational Environment)
The complexity of mathematical models in current real life biological, bio-medical and pharmaceutical science applications brings forward the need for specialists in particular applied areas of science to work closely together with mathematicians to produce meaningful results and reliable predictions of possible outcomes of various processes described by these models. Communication skills play an important role in such collaborations, and teaching such skills evidently must be an essential part of the students’ training. Also, the amount of scientific information in every area of research is constantly increasing, and this leads to a dilemma on how to balance teaching of basic fundamental topics with exposing the students to the new leading edge research results and techniques in a particular field of study.
In this presentation some recent experience with designing novel mathematics and statistics courses, which attempt to address the mentioned above considerations, and which are intended specifically for biology, bio-medical and pharmaceutical science students enrolled in the Mathematical Biology programs, will be briefly discussed. The role of the projects courses, where the real life problems, submitted by university research groups as well as by pharmaceutical and medical device companies, are studied by the students with various scientific backgrounds working in groups, will be emphasized. Some examples of the applied project related to modeling experimental setups for particular in vitro local drug delivery studies will be presented.
Sponsored by the Department of Mathematical Sciences