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Oct. 26, 2011, 12 p.m. - System-level approaches to healthcare (Luís A. N. Amaral)

System-level approaches have been a significant component of engineering for many decades. The marked aging of the populations in the developed world is posing enormous demands on the healthcare system, demanding novel approaches. Engineers are ideally placed to address several of the challenges we are facing. In my talk, I ...

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Oct. 28, 2011, 12 p.m. - Optical control of neurosecretion (Pau Gorostiza)

Neurons signal to each other and to non-neuronal cells as those in muscle or glands, by means of the secretion of neurotransmitters at chemical synapses. In order to dissect the molecular mechanisms of neurotransmission, new methods for directly and reversibly triggering neurosecretion at the presynaptic terminal are necessary. Here we ...

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Nov. 11, 2011, 12 p.m. - Physical aspects of some biological problems (Vladimir Baulin)

In this talk I will present different biological systems which can be described by the methods of statistical physics. Structure of cell membranes, composition of the cytoskeleton, gravitropism in plants, bacteria attachment, intracellular drug delivery and microscopic translocation mechanisms through cell membranes of biopolymers and nano-objects are the topic of ...

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Nov. 18, 2011, 12 p.m. - Optimality principles in computational systems biology (Julio R. Banga)

Systems biology aims to discover how function arises from dynamic interactions in living systems. Its ultimate objective should be to explain how the components within a cell interact dynamically, and then how cells interact, resulting in the observed structure, organization and function. Systems biology offers unique opportunities for applying systems ...

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Nov. 25, 2011, 12 p.m. - The expanding envelope of process design: from molecules to processes (Claire S. Adjiman)

The performance of a chemical process depends on the flowsheet structure, the design of the equipment and the operating conditions, as well as on the choice of processing materials such as catalysts and solvents. By using a different solvent, for instance, one can change the rate of a given reaction ...

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