Computational and Mathematical Methods in Medicine

Complex Systems Models in Biology and Medicine: Generic Properties and Applications


Publishing date
17 Jan 2014
Status
Published
Submission deadline
30 Aug 2013

Lead Editor

1Modena and Reggio Emilia University, Reggio Emilia, Italy

2Zürich University of Applied Sciences, Winterthur, Switzerland

3Leiden University Medical School, Leiden, The Netherlands


Complex Systems Models in Biology and Medicine: Generic Properties and Applications

Description

Living organisms are complex systems and indeed some concepts of complex systems science (CSS), like those of network theory, have been extensively applied in biology and medicine. However, the penetration of other major concepts of complexity theory is still limited. A good example is the dynamical attractor: in spite of the fact that its application to biology was suggested more than 40 years ago and the fact that there are several beautiful applications, it is still rarely found in models of biological processes and of medical treatment. The penetration of other candidate general concepts that are still more controversial, like that of criticality, is even slower.

On the other hand, CSS promises to give novel and important theoretical insights into medicine and biology, including nervous system, immune system, hormonal systems, and metabolic systems, and it can be also very fruitful from an application-oriented perspective.

One possible reason for the still limited use of complexity methods in biology and medicine and also in systems biology and systems medicine is that the attention in these disciplines is mostly focused on specific cases, while on the other hand CSS methods are particularly well suited to describe "generic" properties that are common to a wide class of organisms or processes.

The aim of this special issue is therefore highlighting concepts of complex systems science that are relevant to biology and medicine and drawing attention on some of their applications, with particular emphasis on generic properties. The proposed papers should address issues related to theoretical aspects or applications of dynamical models. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Generic properties
  • Attractors
  • Emergent properties
  • Cell differentiation
  • Cancer
  • Personalized medicine
  • Interaction of technological devices with the body
  • Concept discovery
  • Origin of life

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Articles

  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2014
  • - Article ID 580509
  • - Editorial

Complex Systems Models in Biology and Medicine: Generic Properties and Applications

Roberto Serra
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2014
  • - Article ID 293980
  • - Research Article

Modeling and Visualizing Cell Type Switching

Ahmadreza Ghaffarizadeh | Gregory J. Podgorski | Nicholas S. Flann
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2014
  • - Article ID 258627
  • - Research Article

Designing Lead Optimisation of MMP-12 Inhibitors

Matteo Borrotti | Davide De March | ... | Irene Poli
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2013
  • - Article ID 467428
  • - Research Article

The MATCHIT Automaton: Exploiting Compartmentalization for the Synthesis of Branched Polymers

Mathias S. Weyland | Harold Fellermann | ... | Rudolf M. Füchslin
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2013
  • - Article ID 634168
  • - Research Article

Generic Properties of Curvature Sensing through Vision and Touch

Birgitta Dresp-Langley
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2013
  • - Article ID 587543
  • - Research Article

Using State Variables to Model the Response of Tumour Cells to Radiation and Heat: A Novel Multi-Hit-Repair Approach

Stephan Scheidegger | Hans U. Fuchs | ... | Rudolf M. Füchslin
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2013
  • - Article ID 782049
  • - Research Article

A Study of Rough Set Approach in Gastroenterology

Ahmet Sahiner | Tuba Yigit
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