Miegunyah Public Lecture: the emergent rhythms of health and disease

Professor John R. Terry from the University of Exeter will present the lecture, ‘The emergent rhythms of health and disease: where mathematics, biology and medicine meet’ as part of the Russell and Mab Grimwade Miegunyah Distinguished Visiting Fellowship Program.

When: Monday 20th July 2015, 6:30-7:30pm

Where: Theatre B117, Melbourne School of Design (Building 133)
Masson Rd, University of Melbourne, Parkville

Please register your attendance.

About the lecture:

Rhythms are abundant in everyday life. From the very slow, circannual rhythms of seasonal breeders such as sheep and cattle, the monthly cycles of oestrogen and progesterone, the circadian day-night cycle, nearly hourly pulses of hormones such as cortisol and insulin, down to rapid cycles in the brain’s electrical activity. Yet despite ever improving techniques with which to measure these oscillations, our understanding of the underlying mechanisms that give rise to them and how they become disrupted and cause disease remains poor. In this talk, we explore how mathematical models are playing an increasingly important role in developing our understanding of these underlying mechanisms and further how they can be used to predict perturbations that cause disease.

Following the lecture a short reception in the foyer will be held with refreshments.

About the speaker:

Professor John R. Terry is a distinguished English Mathematical Biologist whose life’s work has pushed disciplinary boundaries through the development and application of mathematical and computational methodologies for understanding the dynamics of biomedical systems, with particular interests in the transitions between healthy and diseased states in the human brain and also in the dynamics of endocrine systems. His Miegunyah Fellowship recognizes in particular his work on understanding emergent rhythms in biological systems and their relation to brain and endocrine disorders.