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Modelling Disease and Medicines

We have significant research strength in modelling aimed at better understanding disease and mental welfare, exploring the use of numerical analysis and scientific computing in these areas and for testing the designs of products for industry. Interdisciplinary research in this area involves experts from across the Faculty working together in teams and is also institutionalised in the Warwick Systems Biology Centre (WSBC) and the Interdisciplinary Programme for Cellular Regulation (IPCR). Research at the WSBC is designed to extend understanding of biological systems through the mathematical and computational modelling of the interactions of components of the system. Meanwhile, the IPCR brings together mathematicians, physicists, statisticians, biologists and medical researchers seeking to understand the regulation and coordination of cellular systems using mathematical and statistical analysis, modelling and computation.

Faculty Research

Scientists work on a wide range of theoretical and applied research in the modelling and simulation of diseases and medicines, and in mental health: our work focuses on developing mathematical models designed to improve understanding of disease processes and treatment; developing statistical models to test the links between patients' responses in clinical trials, patients' decisions to enter studies, and the provision of better information on treatments and side effects; the design and running of clinical trials, for example to assess the clinical and cost effectiveness of different mechanical methods of supporting injured limbs; and we carry out research into the control, identification, modelling and simulation of biomedical and biological systems. We also have an active and growing area of research in mathematical biology concentrating on mathematical immunology, epistemology, ecology and genetics and particular strengths in the application of mathematical models in the area of cognitive and experimental psychology, especially in relation to memory, reasoning, categorization, ageing, vision and attention, normal and disturbed reading and spelling, and speech.

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