Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is the MSM Mission?



  • To grow the field of multiscale modeling in biomedical, biological and behavioral systems

  • To promote multidisciplinary scientific collaboration among multiscale modelers

  • To encourage future generations of multiscale modelers

  • To move the field of biological computational modeling forward in the following disciplines

    • predictive models of biology, health and disease

    • bioenergy and bioremediation

    • biomimetics

  • To develop accurate methods and algorithms to cross the interface between multiple spatiotemporal scales

  • To promote model sharing and the development of reusable multiscale models

  • To disseminate the models and insights arrived from the models to the larger biomedical, biological, and behavioral research community

 


What is the MSM Consortium?



  1. The MSM Consortium is a group of researchers interested in the activities that promote the MSM Mission.

  2. The MSM is comprised of PI’s and key investigators involved in research projects focused on or related to multiscale modeling of biomedical, biological and behavioral systems. (IMAG is comprised of government program officers running or representing the programs supporting these projects)

  3. The MSM activities are determined by the participants of the MSM and conducted for the benefit of the participants. (IMAG participants are around to facilitate activities if needed.)

 


What exactly is Multiscale Modeling?


Current IMAG definition:  Multiscale, biomedical modeling uses mathematics and computation to represent and simulate a physiological system at more than one biological scale. Biological scales include atomic, molecular, molecular complexes, sub-cellular, cellular, multi-cell systems, tissue, organ, multi-organ systems, organism, population, and behavior. These multiscale biomedical models may also include dynamical processes which span multiple time and length scales.


 


Why should I join the MSM Consortium?


The Consortium will provide various opportunities to:



  • network with other MSM investigators

  • easily converse with program officers from nine government agencies from the United States and Canada

  • participate in focused Working Group discussions on the wiki

  • participate in virtual scientific presentations by all Working Groups throughout the year

  • participate in annual meetings of the MSM Consortium

  • learn about the latest modeling and MSM related activities from around the world

  • access various resources for modeling

 


What are the Working Groups?



  • The Working Group (WG) structure was created by the original set of MSM grantees (in 2006) as a means to discuss important and focused issues concerning multiscale modeling. The WG’s undergo an evolution after each annual MSM meeting (change in focus, change in WG co-leads).

 


What do I need to know to be a WG Lead?



  • You are welcome to bring in MSM and non-MSM participants to your WG. MSM participants are listed on the wiki and are on the MSM listserv IMAG_MSM@list.nih.gov, which you can write to at any time. Non-MSM participant can added to your own email lists and depend on you to be informed of general MSM activities.

  • Since non-MSM participants come to the WGs through you, they are not given IMAG wiki logins. If you feel a participant of your WG would benefit from having their own wiki login (e.g. constantly emailing you with things to post), please inform NIBIBimag@mail.nih.gov.

  • Each WG is asked to host 2 scientific webinars to IMAG and the MSM pertaining to your working group focus. Stephanie and I will help schedule and set up the virtual presentation.

  • Participants in the WG will help decide on the WG title, goals, and objectives (e.g. Present two MSM webinars, write white papers, plan and host workshops, put out publications) for this year. Please let us know when this is complete.

  • The activities of the WG should not be someone’s personal agenda, but a group effort.

  • Each WG will post on the WG wiki page current state of the art in the specified topic, challenges and opportunities.

  • All WG leads (or designated representatives from the WG) will meet with IMAG on a quarterly basis to discuss Consortium issues and help plan the next year’s MSM Consortium meeting.

 


What is the history of the MSM Consortium?


A history of the MSM Consortium is described on the MSM website


 


Contacts:


Grace Peng, Ph.D.
Program Director, IMAG Chair
National Institute of Biomedical Imaging & Bioengineering Telephone: 301-451-4778
Email: penggr@mail.nih.gov