CorBI Courses put a strong emphasis on the mathematical representation, treatment and modeling of biological processes at different scales that are pertinent for a wide range of phenomena, including but not limited to brain development and function, social behavior and biomedical research. Applying mathematics to biology is fundamental to (1) work with information rich datasets, such as those derived from the recent genomics and neuroscience revolutions, which are difficult to understand with classical experimental techniques and (2) to make sense of the complex, non-linear dynamics of most biological and social systems.
Mathematical biology makes use of the constant increase in computing power to provide calculations and simulations that were not previously possible and that open radically new and promising research fields in different areas including neuroscience, oncology, cardiology, ecology and evolutionary biology, molecular and cell biology, epidemiology and many more. In general, CorBI courses are designed to be a highly interactive and intense experience, reflecting the atmosphere of CSHL or Champalimaud courses. Typically, each course day will contain two extended sessions comprising several theoretical lectures, group work and discussion.
The CorBI Bioscientist Math Tools are tailored to the needs of the biomedical research of the XXI century in ways that are not covered in the traditional biology and math curricula. The students who participate in these courses will be trained to pursue their PhDs in any of the CorBI sponsored research areas, and also in a wide variety of careers in industry, medicine, public health, education and management. This educational niche simply does not exist in Spain and it is only taking its first steps in countries like the US or Japan.