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Monday 8th September 2014 to Friday 12th September 2014


The National Centre for the Replacement Refinement and Reduction of animals in Research (NC3Rs), working with EPSRC’s Predictive Modelling for Healthcare through Maths (POEMS) network and in partnership with the Turing Gateway to Mathematics, organised this Study Group to connect mathematicians and biomedical scientists.

Aims and Objectives

Mathematical modelling has the potential to solve biological questions, provide new insights which benefit science, medicine and healthcare and reduce reliance on animal models. The aim of the Study Group was to tackle research problems which, if addressed, could help to replace, reduce or refine the use of animals in research (the 3Rs). The Maths Study Group provided a unique opportunity for mathematicians and biologists to work together. It encouraged collaborative work towards applying mathematics to gain new insights and partnerships which could transform science.

This event continued the Maths in Medicine Study Group (MMSG) series and built on the 2013 NC3Rs Maths Study Group. The structure of the week involved problems being presented to participants on the first day, with the rest of the Study Group week spent brainstorming ideas and beginning to develop novel mathematical, statistical, or computational models for each of the problems.


Venue and Accommodation

The workshop took place at the Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences in Cambridge. Please see the Isaac Newton Institute A-Z for further information about the venue.

Further Information

More information on the Study Group can be found on the event's webpage on the NC3Rs website at

If you have any queries about this event, please contact Anthony Holmes at