Monday 10 Jun 2013The emergent rhythms of Health and Disease: where mathematics, medicine and biology meet

Professor John Terry - Exeter

Harrison 004 video linked to PL Seminar 7 17:15-18:15

Rhythms are abundant in everyday life. From very slow circannual rhythms of seasonal breeders such as sheep and cattle, the monthly cycles of oestrogen and progesterone, the circadian day-night cycle, near hourly pulses of hormones such as cortisol and insulin, down to rapid cycles in the brainís electrical activity. Yet despite ever improving techniques with which to measure these oscillations, our understanding of the underlying mechanisms that give rise to them and how these become disrupted as a result of disease remains poor.

In this talk we explore how mathematical models are playing an increasingly important role in developing our understanding of these underlying mechanisms and further how they can be used to predict perturbations that cause disease.

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