Virtual Lung Project at UNC: What's Math Got To Do With It?

Speaker: Gregory Forest

Date: Fri, Mar 18, 2011

Location: PIMS, University of British Columbia

Subject: Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, Medical Applications and Epidemiology

Class: Scientific


A group of scientists at the University of North Carolina, from theorists to clinicians, have coalesced over the past decade on an effort called the Virtual Lung Project. There is a parallel VLP at the Pacific Northwest Laboratory, focused on environmental health, but I will focus on our effort. We come from mathematics, chemistry, computer science, physics, lung biology, biophysics and medicine. The goal is to engineer lung health through combined experimental-theoretical-computational tools to measure, assess, and predict lung function and dysfunction. Now one might ask, with all due respect to Tina Turner: what's math got to do with it? My lecture is devoted to many responses, including some progress yet more open problems.