The Center for Applications of Mathematics in Medicine (CAMM; www.mathandmedicine.org/) was founded in the College of Arts and Sciences in Spring 2016. The founding director is Tobin Driscoll, with associate directors Pak-Wing Fok and Richard Braun. At the time of writing, CAMM boasts 20 faculty members from four departments and two colleges, five external associates, and six students. Among the members are five holding medical doctorates and a certified radiologist. The founding of CAMM was celebrated with a reception at the Faculty Commons in April with Deans George Watson, Doug Doren and John Pelesko, Department Chair Louis Rossi, and CAMM members.
CAMM's purpose is to coordinate research and education that advance the application of mathematics and computation to biomedical research and clinical practice in order to improve human health in the state, region, and beyond.
Why math and medicine? Our understanding of complex biological systems, including human health, are increasingly based on quantitative measurement and models built from first principles. Physicians are often brilliant empiricists but are not usually as well trained to apply mathematical and computational techniques are the staples of applied mathematicians. Similarly, academic mathematicians need guidance to find medical problems that are relevant to medical science or clinical practice and that would benefit from mathematical models. By facilitating collaboration between the members of these communities, CAMM enhances current mathematical knowledge in medicine and accelerates the understanding of intellectual challenges that will shape new approaches to relevant problems and new generations of mathematical researchers.
Our research projects cover a wide range already; they including treatment of neonatal heart conditions, tear film and ocular surface dynamics, atherosclerosis, the BIAcore optical biosensor, and models for cancellous bone. Short introductory videos by some of our members can be found at www.mathandmedicine.org/projects.