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International Conference on Mathematical Biology and

Annual Meeting of The Society for Mathematical Biology,

July 27-30, 2009

University of British Columbia, Vancouver



Plenary 18:00 am - 9:00 am, July 27Winfree Prize Winner
George Oster
Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, University of California, Berkeley
Title What the thoughts of a mollusk tell us about memory in neural systems
Abstract I will present a model to explain how the neurosecretory system of aquatic mollusks generates their diversity of shell structures and pigmentation patterns. The anatomical and physiological basis of this model sets it apart from other models for shape and pattern. The model reproduces most known shell shapes and patterns, and accurately predicts how the pattern alters in response to environmental disruption and subsequent repair. The model provides a concrete example of how neural networks predict the future from memories of the past.
ChairAvner Friedman
LocationWoodward 2