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.


2015 Annual Meeting of the Society for Mathematical Biology Posted on December 1, 2014

The 2015 Annual Meeting for The Society for Mathematical Biology will be held in Atlanta, GA from June 30 to July 3. The conference will have new foci on mathematical modeling of disease, medicine, public health, and molecular systems biology, complementing the traditional topics of SMB. The conference is being hosted by the Department of Mathematics and Statistics and Neuroscience Institute within the College of Arts and Sciences at Georgia State University. The conference will be held at the Student/University Center of Georgia State University in downtown Atlanta.

The meeting website can be found here: http://math.gsu.edu/~smb. Questions regarding the conference can be directed to Ms. Sandra Gearldene Ahuama-Jonas at sahuamajonas1@gsu.edu or SMB15@gsu.edu.

New SMB mission statement Posted on November 26, 2014

The Society for Mathematical Biology promotes the development and dissemination of research at the interface between the mathematical and biological sciences through its meetings, awards, and publications. The Society serves a diverse community of researchers and educators in academia, industry, and in government agencies throughout the world.

To foster scientific excellence at the interface between quantitative and life sciences, the Society connects scientists and educators at the SMB annual meeting and through the top quality research published in the Bulletin of Mathematical Biology, honors key contributions to Mathematical Biology by members through international awards, and provides travel, conference, and career support to scientists at all career stages. Members reach out to people all over the world, from schoolchildren and scientists to political leaders, to share the excitement and value of scientific research at the interface of the mathematical and biological sciences.

SMB baseball card nominations Posted on September 27, 2014

The USA Science and Engineering Festival sponsored a program to design baseball cards, and we created one for Simon Levin (available here) that was quite a hit, as it were. SMB would like to have a new card available at each Annual Meeting until it has a whole team! If you would like a Mathematical Biologist to get their own baseball card, please send nominations to Fred Adler by email (adler@math.utah.edu).

SMB is now accepting nominations for the 2015 Arthur T. Winfree Prize Posted on September 18, 2014

Nominations are being invited for the Arthur T. Winfree Prize. The prize honors a theoretician whose research has inspired significant new biology.

More information about the prize and nomination process can be found here.

SMB and JSMB are now accepting nominations for the 2015 Akira Okubo Prize Posted on September 6, 2014

Nominations are being invited for the Akira Okubo Prize, which, for 2015, will be awarded to a living junior scientist under the age of 40 for outstanding and innovative theoretical work, for establishing superb conceptual ideas, for solving tough theoretical problems, and/or for uniting theory and data to advance biological science.

More information about the prize and nomination process can be found here.

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 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.