Symposium Addresses Need for Physics-Biology Collaboration

Where:  Four Seasons Hotel Chicago, 120 East Delaware; Chicago, Ill.

When:  Wednesday, July 28 (8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.) to Thursday, July 29 (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

Media contact:  Russ Campbell at 919-667-8866 or (onsite Wednesday only)

The sequencing of the genomes of humans and other organisms, advances in molecular biology and imaging, and the evolution of nanotechnology have flooded all subfields of biology with data.  But how will that data lead to new knowledge?  The Burroughs Wellcome Fund, the W.M. Keck Foundation, and the Swartz Foundation have teamed up to create a symposium, “Opportunities at the Interface of Physics and Biology” to address this question. 

Researchers invited to the symposium have been asked to highlight current puzzles in biology from the perspective of different biological systems, chosen because of their potential to illuminate some common issues that cut across multiple levels of biological organization, and which suggest biological principles. A unique aspect of the symposium is the presence of representatives from eight private foundations and five federal funding agencies.

In addition to generating useful conversation across biological subfields, the sponsors hope to generate a collection of compelling problems that are not yet possible to address with existing technologies or funding schemes, and to create a landscape of strategies to address those problems.

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