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.


SMB booth at the USA Science & Engineering Festival Posted on April 10, 2014

The SMB will have a booth (Number 4003) at the USA Science & Engineering Festival: a fun, entertaining, educational and FREE event. The SMB booth will have a theme of "How to Fight, Steal and Think Like an Ant."

The Festival will be held on April 26-27, 2014 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC. The Festival's mission is to re-invigorate the interest of our nation's youth in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) by producing and presenting a compelling, exciting, educational and entertaining science festival. It is a celebration of science and engineering, analogous to an art, music or food festival. There will be over 3,000 hands-on activities and over 150 stage shows. And, while having fun, participants can gather information about scholarships, internships, jobs and more.

Call for contributed talks and posters for JSMB/SMB-2014 in Osaka Posted on April 4, 2014

The 2014 Joint Annual Meeting of the Japanese Society for Mathematical Biology and the Society for Mathematical Biology will be held in Osaka, Japan, from July 28 through August 1. The meeting website is here. Early bird registration discounts are available until May 15, 2014.

Those interested in contributing talks and posters should submit an abstract for consideration by May 15, 2014. Please visit the website here.

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.