Sponsored by SIAM Activity Group on Life Sciences.

August 4-7, 2008
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Hyatt Regency Montreal

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Hotel Update

As you may be aware, some hotels in the city of Montreal are currently affected by an ongoing union strike.  The Hyatt Regency Montreal, host hotel for the SIAM Conference on the Life Sciences, August 4-7, 2008, is one of these hotels.  The strike is impacting some hotel services (outlined below) but the conference setting and services required for a successful conference should not be affected.

In the event that contract negotiations are not finalized prior to the conference dates, below is a list of affected hotel services: 

The Hyatt Regency Montreal is connected to a shopping mall that has many restaurant options, a food court and a grocery store.  Hours of operation vary by vendor but range from 7:00 AM – 9:00 PM, Monday through Saturday.  Sunday hours are 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM.  See http://www.complexedesjardins.com/EN/ for more information.

If you are arriving at the hotel late, please be aware that there is no food service in the hotel after breakfast.  A list of local restaurants within walking distance of the hotel will be available at all times at the SIAM registration desk (even after registration closes).  The list will provide some information about late night dining.  The SIAM registration desk will be located in the Grand Salon Foyer on Level 4.   

We will continue to monitor the situation and update this website if additional information becomes available.   Please contact [email protected] with any questions.

Organizing Committee

Carlos Castillo-Chavez, Arizona State University
Steven J. Cox (Co-chair), Rice University
Lisa J. Fauci, Tulane University
Leon Glass, McGill University, Canada
Joyce R. McLaughlin, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Qing Nie, University of California, Irvine
Dave Polidori, Johnson and Johnson Pharmaceuticals
Michael C. Reed, Duke University
Jonathan E. Rubin (Co-chair), University of Pittsburgh


The life sciences have become increasingly quantitative as new technologies facilitate collection and analysis of vast amounts of data ranging from complete genomic sequences of organisms to satellite imagery of forest landscapes on continental scales. As a consequence, mathematics and computational science have become crucial technologies for the study of complex models of biological processes.

The SIAM Activity Group on Life Sciences brings together researchers who seek to develop and apply mathematical and computational methods in all areas of the life sciences. This conference of the activity group will provide a cross-disciplinary forum for catalyzing mathematical research relevant to the life sciences. It will facilitate rapid diffusion of new mathematical and computational methods in the life sciences, and may stimulate more researchers to work in these important areas. Mathematicians, life scientists, computational biologists, bioengineers and others interested in mathematical and computational analysis of biological systems are encouraged to attend.

Funding Agency

SIAM and the Conference Organizing Committee wish to extend their thanks and appreciation to the U.S. National Science Foundation for its support of this conference.   


Cell Signaling
Evolutionary Dynamics
Regulatory Networks
Systems Biology

Important Deadlines

January 4, 2008 February 4, 2008:  Minisymposium proposals
February 4, 2008:  Abstracts for contributed and minisymposium speakers


July 7, 2008

July 7, 2008


Undergraduate Poster Contest

First Place
Poster: Modeling Steroid-Mediated Gene Transcription
Authors: Karen M. Ong, S. Stoney Simons, Jr. and Carson C. Chow

Second Place
Poster: Cats Protecting Birds Revisited with a Spatial Approach
Authors: J. Gambino, M.V. Martinez, Kehinde Salau and E. Soho

Second Place
Poster: A Mathematical Approach to the Nemesis of Consciousness – Alzheimer's: The Cyclic Compartmental Model
Authors: Sunhwa Choi, YuJie Shui, Helme Castro and Natalia Rodriguez

Postgraduate Poster Contest

First Place
Poster: Micro-Scale Transport as a Critical Link between Molecular-Scale Absorption and
Macro-Scale Mixing in Gut Physiology and Function
Authors: G.G. Banco, Y. Wang, A.C. Ailiani, A.G. Webb, T. Neuberger,N.B. Smith and J.G. Brasseur

Second Place
Poster: Monte Carlo Simulations of the Signaling Scaffold Formation Linking ErbB1 and Ras
Authors: Michelle N. Costa, Dion Vlachos and Jeremy Edwards

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