A team of mathematicians is working on a theoretical and computational model of the body's immune system, which will help advance the understanding as to how the body fights diseases among researchers associated with various scientific disciplines—such as immunologists, computer scientists, physicists, engineers etc.
The 'Immunology Imaging and Modelling' project is being funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences. It is believed that the project will open the door for bringing together scientists working in different fields, who will then help bring about medical advances for patients.
Scientists have yet to fully understand how the immune system works. Their understanding about the body's immune responses can be enhanced by packaging various information about the immune system in a quantitative format, so that the entire scientific community may access it.
"Mathematical immunology is maturing into a discipline where modelling helps everyone to interpret data and resolve controversies. Most importantly, it suggests novel experiments allowing for better and more quantitative interpretations," Dr. Molina-Paris added.
Steve Visscher, interim Chief Executive of BBSRC said: "The new insight that this model will provide will naturally benefit the patient with the advances in healthcare it will lead to. BBSRC is committed to developing an active and cohesive cross-disciplinary community at the mathematics biology interface to enable a more quantitative and predictive biology."
The project has been reported in the quarterly research highlights magazine of the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC).