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BIOMATH 2013 [Editorial]

Anguelov R., Dumont Y.. 2014. Computers and Mathematics with Applications, 68 (9) : p. 903-904.

DOI: 10.1016/j.camwa.2014.06.012

The interdisciplinary nature of biological sciences and medicine, including the important role mathematical, statistical and computational modeling play in the analysis and interpretation of data and information is well recognized. "A mathematical biology research project is no longer guided by the independent spirit of one or two applied mathematicians working on a biological problem. Modern examples show that mathematical biology research is now a team science effort." [1]. The international series of conferences BIOMATH is precisely aimed at providing a meeting forum for scientist from different disciplines and from different countries and continents who develop and apply mathematical and computational tools to study phenomena in the broad fields of life sciences, such as biology, ecology, medicine, biotechnology, bioengineering, and environmental science. BIOMATH is an established conferences series as it follows a tradition of scientific meetings on biomathematics held at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (BAS) in Sofia since 1990 [2]. Selected papers from previous conferences are published in volume 32 [3], volume 64 [4] and volume 66 [5] of this journal as well as in [6], [7] and [8]. The 2013 International Conference on Mathematical Methods and Models in Biosciences and School for Young Scientists (BIOMATH 2013) was held in Sofia, 16-21 June 2013. It was supported by several research units of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, three Bulgarian Universities, the Union of Bulgarian Mathematicians and the European Society for Mathematical and Theoretical Biology (ESMTB). A special session at the conference was dedicated to Svetoslav Markov, on the occasion of his 70th anniversary. Prof. S. Markov is a founder of the biomathematics meetings in Bulgaria and an enthusiastic supporter of the BIOMATH series of conferences. The conference attracted participants from four continents and over 20 countries. A Sign of Honour of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences was awarded to Prof. J.M.-S. Lubuma from University of Pretoria, South Africa, for his contribution to the development and strengthening of the research collaboration between the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and the University of Pretoria and in particular for his contribution to the organization of the international conference series BIOMATH. The scientific programme of BIOMATH 2013 comprised about 75 presentations [9]. This special issue contains a selection of 14 scientific papers focused on mathematical, numerical and computational tools with particular attention on differential equation models and their numerical analysis (finite difference method, finite element method). All papers have been subjected to the usual peer-review process of the journal based on the reports of at least two independent anonymous reviewers. It is of note that three of the papers in this issue are based on talks awarded Best Presentation by Young Scientists Prizes at the conference. These are A. Bellouquid, M. CH-Chaoui, Asymptotic analysis of a nonlinear integro-differential system modeling the immune response. G. Chamoun, M. Saad, R. Talhouk, A coupled anisotropic chamotaxis-fluid model: the case of two-sidely degenerate diffusion. M. Ibrahim, M. Saad, On the efficacy of a control volume finite element method for the capture of patterns for a volume-filling chemotaxis model. (Texte intégral)...

Mots-clés : modèle mathématique; bioinformatique; biologie; statistiques; science naturelle

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