Modelling Complex Biological Systems in the Context of Genomics
    April 7th to 11th 2008, Villeneuve d'Ascq
IRI Fondation Fourmentin-Guilbert

   The post-genomic era of biology is characterised by a deluge of molecular data about the cell. This `new' biology has its own vocabulary of genome, transcriptome, proteome and even metabolome, interactome and lipidome. The challenge is to make sense out of this information by coming up with a new integrated picture of the cell which takes into account that it is simultaneously an autocatalytic set, a tensegrity structure, a network or a set of networks with particular connectivities and feedback characteristics, a set of codes and decoding devices, a self-organising system ... and so on. Taking on this challenge therefore also requires the introduction of concepts unfamiliar to biologists and the development of new ones, the formulation of new hypotheses and their testing via simulations or wet experiments.

Taking on this challenge therefore requires specialists from across the sciences to learn each other's language so as to collaborate effectively on defined projects. The Thematic School "Modelling Complex Biological Systems in the Context of Genomics" has been set up to help this research effort.

For its venue in the new Interdisciplinary Research Institute in Lille, the 7thedition of this Thematic School will put a special emphasis on the development of biophotonic for the study of regulatory networks in living cells, of micro and nanotechnologies for the study of morphogenesis, of NMR for the study of metabolism. All these approaches require a strong interplay between experiment and theory.

Widely open to graduate, post-graduate and researchers, the Thematic School is based on five main interest axes:

This CNRS Thematic School is the seventh edition of a serie started at Autrans in 2002, then at Dieppe in 2003, at Évry in 2004, at Montpellier in 2005, at Bordeaux in 2006 and at Évry in 2007. In the previous editions of the Thematic School, a set of high level courses has been published with the proceedings in a book.

The slides of the demonstration of simulation tools are available on the programme page.

You can download the proceedings of the previous editions of the Thematic School:


There is the schedule that will be followed every day:










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