Our understanding of complex biological systems, and resulting conclusions about human health, are increasingly based on quantitative measurement and models built from first principles. Both fundamental medical research and bedside clinical treatment are on the verge of being transformed by the application of quantitative approaches to living systems and the growing mountains of data collected about them.
Physicians are generally not well trained to apply the techniques of mathematical modeling and computation that have been refined over centuries by applied mathematicians (see Chambers, Ochsner J. 2(4): 218-‐223). Academic mathematicians (with notable exceptions) are similarly ill-equipped to locate medical problems of urgent interest and translate their results to medical science or clinical practice.
By facilitating interaction and collaboration between the members of these communities, CAMM aims to enhance the application of current mathematical knowledge to medicine and accelerate the understanding of relevant intellectual challenges that will shape new generations of mathematical researchers.
The mission of the Center for Applications of Mathematics in Medicine (CAMM) is to coordinate research and education that fosters the application of mathematics and computation to biomedical research and clinical practice in order to improve human health in the state, region, and beyond.
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