Thursday, December 21, 2006


The NIH has a treasure of video recordings of biomedical lectures available for viewing. One recent lecture by Dr. James Bassingthwaite (U Washington) was an enjoyable tour of physiology, the thinking man's biology, and introduction to the 'Physiome' Projects. Though physiology is rarely mentioned these days, replaced by newer terms such as "systems" or "integrative" biology, he reminds us that physiology has always focused on connecting different branches of biology, answering the how and why in biology. He makes a strong case for sharing models and working together to improve them. The Physiome projects provide the JSim software and many models that run on JSim. The lecture's scope is broad, ranging from modeling to personalized medicine, always with a foot or two solidly planted on the ground.

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