We are delighted to invite you to join us for the BioDynamics conference 2018 at the beautifully located Royal College of Physicians, Regents Park, London on the 12th and 13th April 2018. BioDynamics is a thriving forum which brings together biologists, mathematicians, clinicians, physicists, and computer scientists who are interested in dynamics and networks in the biological and medical sciences.

Biodynamics 2018 confirmed keynote speakers:

How motoneurons work and what happens when they go wrong
Kerry Mills, King’s College London Molecular Mechanisms and Modelling of Diseases

Constitutional Dynamics of Prion Assemblies
Human Rezaei, French National Institute for Agricultural Research

Successful or unsuccessful interventions? The role of cortical oscillations
Roi Cohen Kadosh, University of Oxford

No stress without rhythm; the world of oscillating hormones
Stafford Lightman, University of Bristol

The snowflake conundrum: lessons in paediatric musculoskeletal biomechanics
Marco Viceconti, University of Sheffield


Biodynamics 2018 Themes:

Motor Neuroscience

Molecular Mechanisms and Modelling of Diseases

Neural Oscillations in health and Disease

Stress and the Brain

Patient Specific Modelling


About BioDynamics 2018

Dynamic phenomena are ubiquitous in biological systems and span multiple, interacting spatiotemporal scales. There is growing appreciation that quantifying them accurately will lead to deeper insights into human disease and even inspire novel therapies – but doing so is challenging, and will likely need innovative cross-disciplinary approaches and tools. We will showcase some of the very best cross-disciplinary research in this rapidly expanding field, with a focus on how the study of biological dynamics, and the mechanistic understanding it provides, can be used for clinical translation and patient-specific therapeutics. Talks will range from microscopic scales – how molecular dynamics influence disease phenotypes – to macroscopic scales – how neural, humoral and cardiovascular dynamics affect human health and disease.

This year the meeting will be organised by colleagues from King’s College London and will be held on the 12th & 13th April 2018 at the Royal College of Physicians. This wonderful venue is in the heart of London, overlooking Regent’s park.


**You may also be interested in our partner event: Brain Networks and Neurological Disorders: from Theory to Clinic


If you would like to register for this years’ meeting please click on the ‘register’ tab below to visit King’s College London’s secure registration and payment pages. A number of abstracts will be accepted for short highlighted orals, and you should indicate when registering if you wish your poster to be so considered. Registration fees are as follows:

  • Early Bird Registration* (Lecturer and above) – £200
  • Early Bird Registration* (PhD and PostDoc) – £100
  • Full Registration (Lecturer and above) – £250
  • Full Registration (PhD and PostDoc) – £150


* Please note that Early bird deadline is 4 March 2018.

Overview of themes covered

Theme 1 “Motor Neuroscience”

Chair: Professor Zoran Cvetkovic

Unravelling mechanisms of movement control and how they are disrupted in individuals with movement disorders requires holistic interdisciplinary approaches. This session represents an overview of the field and recent research advances in computational motor control, motor neurophysiology, brain networks and clinical neurophysiology, aiming to spur some new synergies in this very complex and exciting field.

Theme 2 “Molecular Mechanisms and Modelling of Diseases”

Chair: Professor Franca Fraternali

Progresses in Translational Medicine will have to proceed hand-in-hand with the discovery of the molecular mechanisms underlying the cell pathological states. Dissecting these, together with the introduction of molecular diagnostics into medical practice, will result essential in the annotation of disease pathogenesis and in the design of tailored and effective patient treatments.

This workshop will be dedicated to highlight some of the recent discoveries of molecular mechanisms playing a role in neurodegenerative disorders and cancer. We will highlight the importance of biophysical, analytical and computational tools in assessing and quantifying these mechanisms.

Theme 3 “Neural Oscillations in Health and Disease”

Chair: Dr Ivana Rosenzweig

The emerging field of neuronal oscillations provides an exciting interdisciplinary platform that cuts across physics, neuroscience, neuromodulation, sleep medicine, psychology, biophysics, computational modelling and mathematics. Mammalian cortical neurons form oscillating networks of various sizes, and resulting neural oscillations are known to be phylogenetically preserved, and likely functionally relevant. This session will provide an overview of the recent research advances in understanding their physiological mechanisms and functions, as well as highlight some possible ground-breaking possibilities, which neuromodulation might provide for the diagnosis and treatment of brain disorders.

Theme 4 “Stress and the Brain”

Chair: Professor Kevin O’Byrne

Stress has deleterious effects on the brain including dynamic morphological changes that impact on various key functions including cognition and memory, mental health and fertility. This symposium will focus on mathematical modelling and function of dynamic glucocorticoid and reproductive hormone secretion, neuroplastic adaptations of stress neurocircuits, and the role of chemosensory communication in promotion of stress-adaptive behaviours that may aid our survival.

Theme 5 “Patient Specific Modelling”

Chair: Dr Steven Niederer

Computational models provide a mathematical framework for integrating data from an individual patient and interpreting it within the context of known physical laws and physiology. Patient specific models can then be used to analyse an individual patient to identify the mechanisms underpinning their pathology, to provide inferred measurements such as muscle stress or work, or to predict how a patient will respond to a therapy. This session will provide a broad review exemplar applications of computational modelling across the fields of muscle-skeletal, cardiac, cardiovascular and drug delivery.


The local organisers invite you to submit abstracts for poster presentations, which will be displayed prominently during the conference. A number of abstracts will be accepted for short highlighted orals, and you should indicate when registering if you wish your poster to be so considered.

  • Abstracts must be no longer than 250 words and emailed to: amber.collingwood@kcl.ac.uk.
  • Please indicate in your email your full name, position, university and whether you wish to be considered for a short highlighted oral presentation.
  • If you do not wish to be considered, please state this clearly. Please ensure your abstract is submitted in an MS office word document with your details clearly stated in the header/footer. Abstract deadline Monday 28th February 2018 at 4pm.

You will be contacted by email approximately one month before the meeting letting you know whether you have been chosen to present a poster and/or give a short highlighted oral.

Venue information

Located in central London overlooking Regent’s Park, The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) is an award-winning and highly versatile venue that will host the Biodynamics 2018 Conference.

11 St Andrews Pl
Regent’s Park
London NW1 4LE

Accommodation information

Meeting organiser contact information

Amber Collingwood


0207 848 5162