Welcome to the Society for Mathematical Biology

The Society for Mathematical Biology is an international society which exists to promote and foster interactions between the mathematical and biological sciences communities through membership, journal publications, travel support and conferences.


"I see SMB members as educators at all levels, of undergraduates, graduate students, post-docs, other scientists and the general public, armed with a powerful set of tools that all people need to grapple with and unify the important issues of our times."
Fred Adler, President

We invite you to join the Society for Mathematical Biology and become a member.
Membership benefits can be found on the Membership page.


Election Results August 4, 2014

In the recently concluded SMB election, Santiago Schnell was chosen as the new President, to begin in one year at the Atlanta meeting in 2015. The new directors are Mary Ann Horn and Jane Heffernan, and Heiko Enderling will continue for another term. SMB would like to thank outgoing directors Claudia Neuhauser and Holly Gaff for their insight and assistance.

SMB announces the 2014 Lee Segel Prizes Posted on June 5, 2014

The Society for Mathematical Biology is proud to announce the winners of the 2014 Lee Segel Prizes for best paper in the Bulletin of Mathematical Biology. The award funded by Springer in partnership with the Society for Mathematical Biology, honors the late Lee A. Segel, past-President of the Society and former Editor of the Bulletin. This year's prize selection commitee considered papers accepted for publication from January 2012 up to the end of September 2013.

Recipients are honored with a cash amount of US$ 2000-3000, and are asked to present their work at the SMB annual meeting. This summer, the meeting is to be held in Osaka, Japan.

Best Research Paper:
S.R. McDougall, M.G. Watson, A.H. Devlin, C.A. Mitchell, and M.A.J. Chaplain.
A hybrid discrete-continuum mathematical model of pattern prediction. Bull Math Biology (2012) 74:2272-2314

Best Student Paper:
Stephen O'Malley and Martin A. Bees.
The orientation of swimming bi-flagellates in shear flows. Bull Math Biology (2012) 74:232-255

SMB and JSMB award the 2013 Akira Okubo Prize to Nanako Shigesada Posted on July 23, 2013

The Society for Mathematical Biology and the Japanese Society for Mathematical Biology are pleased to announce that the 2013 Akira Okubo Prize will be awarded to Dr. Nanako Shigesada, Professor Emeritus of Nara Women's University, Japan. In 2013, the Okubo Prize is awarded to a senior scientist whose lifetime achievements have been exemplary in developing innovative theory, in establishing superb conceptual ideas, in solving difficult theoretical problems, and/or in uniting theory and data to advance a biological subject. Professor Shigesada's outstanding accomplishments strongly fit the criteria and the spirit of the research of Professor Akira Okubo, in whose memory the Prize was established. The full citation can be found here.

SMB awards the 2013 Arthur T. Winfree Prize to Leon Glass Posted on March 25, 2013

The Society for Mathematical Biology is pleased to announce that this year's recipient of the Arthur T. Winfree prize is Prof. Leon Glass of McGill University. Awarded every two years to a scientist whose work has "led to significant new biological understanding affecting observation/experiments," this prize commemorates the creativity, imagination and intellectual breadth of Arthur T. Winfree.

Beginning with simple and brilliantly chosen experiments, Leon launched the study of chaos in biology. Among the applications he and his many collaborators and students pursued was the novel idea of "dynamical disease" and the better understanding of pathologies like Parkinson's disease and cardiac arrhythmias. His elegant work (with Michael Guevara and Alvin Shrier) on periodic stimulation of heart cells demonstrated and explained how the interaction of nonlinearities with oscillations create complex dynamics and chaos.

The book "From Clocks to Chaos," which he co-authored with Michael Mackey, was an instant classic that illuminated this difficult subject for a whole generation of mathematical biologists. His combination of imagination, experimental and mathematical insight, and ability to communicate fundamental principles has launched new fields of research and inspired researchers ranging from applied mathematicians to medical researchers.