Society for Mathematical Biology

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The Society for Mathematical Biology (SMB) is an international association co-founded in 1972 in USA by Drs.George Karreman, Herbert Daniel Landahl and (initially chaired) by Anthony Bartholomay for the furtherance of joint scientific activities between Mathematics and Biology research communities.[1][2] The society publishes the Bulletin of Mathematical Biology,[3][4] as well as the SMB annual newsletter.[5]

History of The Society for Mathematical Biology[edit]

The Society for Mathematical Biology emerged and grew from the earlier school of mathematical biophysics, initiated and supported by the Founder of Mathematical Biology, Nicolas Rashevsky.[6][7] Thus, the roots of SMB go back to the publication in 1939 of the first international journal of mathematical biology, previously entitled "The Bulletin of Mathematical Biophysics"—which was founded by Nicolas Rashevsky, and which is currently published by SMB under the name of "Bulletin of Mathematical Biology".[8] Professor Rashevsky also founded in 1969 the non-profit organization "Mathematical Biology, Incorporated"—the precursor of SMB. Another notable member of the University of Chicago school of mathematical biology was Anatol Rapoport whose major interests were in developing basic concepts in the related area of mathematical sociology, who cofounded the Society for General Systems Research and became a president of the latter society in 1965. Herbert D. Landahl was initially also a member of Rashevsky's school of mathematical biology, and became the second president of SMB in the 1980s; both Herbert Landahl and Robert Rosen from Rashevsky's research group were focused on dynamical systems approaches to complex systems biology, with the latter researcher becoming in 1980 the president of the Society for General Systems Research.

Leadership of The Society for Mathematical Biology[edit]

The Society for Mathematical Biology is governed by its Officers and Board of Directors, elected by the membership. Current SMB President is Dr. Alexander R.A. Anderson (Moffitt Cancer Center), and President-Elect serving as Vice President is Dr. Heiko Enderling (Moffitt Cancer Center). SMB secretary is Dr. Gibin Powathil (Swansea University), and treasurer is Dr. Jana Gevertz (The College of New Jersey). The current Board of Directors is composed of Drs. Peter Kim (University of Sydney), Doron Levy (University of Maryland), Elissa Schwartz (Washington State University), Ruth Baker (University of Oxford), Zhilan Feng (Purdue University), and Amber Smith (University of Tennessee Health Science Center).

SMB presidents
Years of service President Affiliation
1973-1981 George Karreman University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
1981-1983 Herbert Landahl University of California, San Francisco
1983-1985 John Stephenson National Heart Institute, National Institutes of Health
1985-1987 John Jacquez University of Michigan Medical School
1987-1989 Simon Levin Cornell University
1989-1991 Stuart Kauffman Santa Fe Institute
1991-1993 Alan Perelson Los Alamos National Laboratory
1993-1995 John Tyson Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
1995-1997 Leah Edelstein-Keshet University of British Columbia
1997-1999 Leon Glass McGill University
1999-2001 Alan Hastings University of California, Davis
2001-2003 Mark Lewis University of Alberta
2003-2005 Lou Gross University of Tennessee at Knoxville
2005-2007 Mark Chaplain University of Dundee
2007-2009 Avner Friedman Ohio State University
2009-2011 Michael Mackey McGill University
2011-2013 Gerde de Vries University of Alberta
2013-2015 Fred Adler University of Utah
2015-2017 Santiago Schnell University of Michigan Medical School
2017-2019 Denise Kirschner University of Michigan Medical School
2019-2021 Alexander Anderson Moffitt Cancer Center
2021-2023 Heiko Enderling Moffitt Cancer Center

Research and educational activities[edit]

Bulletin of Mathematical Biology  
DisciplineMathematical biology
Edited byAlan Hastings, Reinhard Laubenbacher
Publication details
Former name(s)
Bulletin of Mathematical Biophysics
Springer Science+Business Media on behalf of the Society for Mathematical Biology
Standard abbreviations
ISO 4Bull. Math. Biol.
Bulletin of Mathematical Biology
ISSN0092-8240 (print)
1522-9602 (web)
OCLC no.02241208
Bulletin of Mathematical Biophysics

In addition to its research and news publications, the society supports education in: mathematical biology, mathematical biophysics, complex systems biology and theoretical biology through sponsorship of several topic-focused graduate and postdoctoral courses. To encourage and stimulate young researchers in this relatively new and rapidly developing field of mathematical biology, the society awards several prizes, as well as lists regularly new open international opportunities for researchers and students in this field.[9]

The society publishes the Bulletin of Mathematical Biology,[3][4] as well as the SMB annual newsletter.[5]

Bulletin of Mathematical Biology Editor-in-Chief
Years of service Editor Affiliation
1939-1972 Nicolas Rashevsky University of Chicago

University of Michigan

1972-1981 Herbert Landahl University of California, San Francisco
1982-1986 Hugo M. Martinez University of California, San Francisco
1986-2001 Lee A. Siegel Weizmann Institute
2002-2015 Philip Maini University of Oxford
2016 - present Alan Hastings

Reinhard Laubenbacher

University of California, Davis

University of Connecticut Health


  1. ^ Conrad, Michael (September 1996). "SMB – "Childhood, Boyhood, Youth."". Society for Mathematical Biology Newsletter. Retrieved 2009-06-25.
  2. ^ History of SMB
  3. ^ a b "Bulletin of Mathematical Biology". Springer New York. Retrieved 2009-06-25.
  4. ^ a b Maini, P.; Schnell, S.; Jolliffe, S. (2004). "Bulletin of mathematical biology—facts, figures and comparisons" (PDF). Bulletin of Mathematical Biology. 66 (4): 595–603. doi:10.1016/j.bulm.2004.03.003. PMID 15210308.
  5. ^ a b SMB Publications
  6. ^ Rosen, Robert. 1972. "Tribute to Nicolas Rashevsky" 1899-1972. Progress in Theoretical Biology 2.
  7. ^ Conrad, Michael (September 1996). "SMB – CHILDHOOD, BOYHOOD, YOUTH". Society for Mathematical Biology Newsletter. Retrieved 2009-06-25.
  8. ^ The Bulletin of Mathematical Biophysics
  9. ^ Archived 2009-05-15 at the Wayback Machine SMB Mathematical Biology Prize Awards

Further reading[edit]

  • Nicolas Rashevsky. 1965. The Representation of Organisms in Terms of Predicates, Bulletin of Mathematical Biophysics 27: 477–491.
  • Nicolas Rashevsky. 1969, Outline of a Unified Approach to Physics, Biology and Sociology., Bulletin of Mathematical Biophysics 31: 159–198.
  • Elsasser, M.W.: 1981, A Form of Logic Suited for Biology., In: Robert, Rosen, ed., Progress in Theoretical Biology, Volume 6, Academic Press, New York and London, pp. 23–62.
  • Rosen, R. 1958a, A Relational Theory of Biological Systems., Bulletin of Mathematical Biophysics 20: 245–260.
  • Rosen, R. 1958b, The Representation of Biological Systems from the Standpoint of the Theory of Categories., Bulletin of Mathematical Biophysics 20: 317–341.
  • Warren McCulloch and Walter Pitts, "A Logical Calculus of Ideas Immanent in Nervous Activity", 1943, Bulletin of Mathematical Biophysics 5:115-133.
  • Warren McCulloch and Walter Pitts, "On how we know universals: The perception of auditory and visual forms", 1947, Bulletin of Mathematical Biophysics 9:127-147.
  • Santiago Schnell, Ramon Grima and Philip K. Maini. 2007. Multiscale modeling in biology. American Scientist 95: 134-142.

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