1st BioSim Conference

The 1st BioSim conference

This is the first general meeting of the BioSim Network. The meeting will be held in the island of Mallorca, Spain, from October 6th to October 8th 2005 at the Cala Viņas hotel, a nice hotel by the seaside in Magaluf, about 20 km from the city of Palma de Mallorca. Participants are expected to arrive on October 5th and depart on October 9th. The objective of the meeting is to provide to the network members a global overview of the themes addressed in BioSim and of the research being developed in the different participating institutions, and to foster collaboration among them. Nevertheless, applications for attendance from scientists external to the netwok are also welcome.

The final programme will be set up according to the directions of the workpackage leaders and activity heads. It will include solicited talks, some time slots for group discussion, and a poster session to which participants can submit contributions.

Description of BioSim

BioSim is a Network of Excellence funded by the 6th Framework Program of the European Union under the research topic Computer assisted modelling for drug discovery and testing. It is focused on structuring efforts to develop simulation models for the design, selection and testing of drugs. With its 26 academic, 10 industrial and 4 regulatory partners, the BioSim Network commands a wide range of biomedical expertise. At the same time, the network involves leading experts in pharmacokinetics, computer simulation, and complex systems theory. The purpose of the network is to develop in silico simulation models of cellular, physiological and pharmacological processes to provide a deeper understanding of the biological processes and help the pharmaceutical industry maintain its competitive power.

Among the projects that the BioSim Network will undertake in the next 18 months are studies of pancreatic hormone release and interactions among pancreatic cells, protein phosphorylation in human fat cells, flux control and metabolism in striated muscle cells, calcium-induces calcium release and activation of smooth muscle cells, autonomous oscillations in nerve cells and the use of deep brain stimulation to desynchronize cellular spiking behavior, nephron pressure and flow regulation, cardiac arrhythmia, mental disorders and sleep-wake cycles, the function of new anti-cancer molecules, drug absorption and metabolism, insulin-glucose regulation and the treatment of diabetes, chronotherapy of cancer, and the building of virtual populations of relevance to pharmacokinetic studies.

BioSim will also engage in a wide range of educational activities, including the training of PhD students, specialized courses for industry and regulatory experts, and communication with the public.

Local organization

Local organization is coordinated by the Local organizing committee, from the Mediterranean Institute for Advanced Studies (IMEDEA), Mallorca, Spain.

IMEDEA

1st BioSim Conference. October 6th to October 8th, 2005. Palma de Mallorca, Spain.