Wednesday, August 9

Dynamical Disease

4:00 PM-6:00 PM
Plumeria & Tiare (Salon 9 & 10)

The term "dynamical disease" was coined in the 1970's to describe abnormalities in the temporal or dynamic behaviour of physiological systems. A large number of normal and abnormal rhythms have been identified in cardiology, respirology, neurology and endocrinology. Arrythmias may be significant causes of illness and even death. Mathematical tools from dynamical systems theory have been adopted to study these medical problems. The cross-fertilization is leading to significant advances. The speakers in this minisymposium will discuss issues in mathematical models of coupled neurons, of blood cell production and of pathways to diabetes.

Organizer: William F. Langford
University of Guelph, Canada
4:00-4:25 Delayed Hormonal Regulation: The Case of Blood Cells
Jacques Bélair, Université de Montréal, and McGill University, Canada
4:30-4:55 Dynamical Models of Cheyne-Stokes Respiration
William F. Langford, Organizer
5:00-5:25 Dynamical Pathways to Diabetes
Robert M. Miura, University of British Columbia, Canada; Brian Topp, Simon Fraser University, Canada; Gerda de Vries, University of Alberta, Canada; Keith Promislow and Diane Finegood, Simon Fraser University, Canada
5:30-5:55 Neural Dynamics and Transmission Delays
Jianhong Wu, York University, Canada

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