# Society for Mathematical Biology

**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 BiologyEdit

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 BiologyEdit

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).

Years of service | President | Affiliation |
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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 activitiesEdit

Discipline | Mathematical biology |
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Language | English |

Edited by | Alan Hastings, Reinhard Laubenbacher |

Publication details | |

Former name(s) | Bulletin of Mathematical Biophysics |

History | 1939–present |

Publisher | Springer Science+Business Media on behalf of the Society for Mathematical Biology |

Frequency | Monthly |

Standard abbreviations | |

ISO 4 | Bull. Math. Biol. |

Indexing | |

Bulletin of Mathematical Biology | |

CODEN | BMTBAP |

ISSN | 0092-8240 (print) 1522-9602 (web) |

LCCN | 75643459 |

OCLC no. | 02241208 |

Bulletin of Mathematical Biophysics | |

ISSN | 0007-4985 |

Links | |

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]}

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 |

## ReferencesEdit

**^**Conrad, Michael (September 1996). "SMB – "Childhood, Boyhood, Youth."". Society for Mathematical Biology Newsletter. Retrieved 2009-06-25.**^**http://www.smb.org/governance/history.shtml History of SMB- ^
^{a}^{b}"Bulletin of Mathematical Biology". Springer New York. Retrieved 2009-06-25. - ^
^{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. - ^
^{a}^{b}http://www.smb.org/publications/index.shtml SMB Publications **^**Rosen, Robert. 1972. "*Tribute to Nicolas Rashevsky*" 1899-1972.*Progress in Theoretical Biology***2**.**^**Conrad, Michael (September 1996). "SMB – CHILDHOOD, BOYHOOD, YOUTH". Society for Mathematical Biology Newsletter. Retrieved 2009-06-25.**^**The Bulletin of Mathematical Biophysics**^**http://www.smb.org/prizes/index.shtml Archived 2009-05-15 at the Wayback Machine SMB Mathematical Biology Prize Awards

## Further readingEdit

- 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.

## External linksEdit

*The Society for Mathematical Biology*- Bulletin of Mathematical Biology
- "In Memory of George Karreman."—the first SMB President, by Paul De Weer.
- SMB home page
- IFSR Home page of "The International Federation for Systems Research" (IFSR)
- European Society for Mathematical and Theoretical Biology (ESMTB)
- The Centre for Mathematical Biology (CMB) at the University of Oxford