Second SICSA Workshop on Biological Networks:
Theory and Applications

Friday, 21th October 2011

Informatics Forum, Room 4.31/33
University of Edinburgh
10 Crichton Street
Edinburgh EH8 9AB


09:00-09:30 Registration and coffee
09:30-09:50 Ian Overton, MRC Human Genetics Unit: Integrative Network Analysis of Gene Function and Drug Mode of Action in Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus
09:50-10:10 Derek Gatherer, MRC Centre for Virus Research: Computing the Incomputable: Rosen’s M,R system in Bio-PEPA
10:10-10:30 J. Michael Herrmann, IPAB, Informatics, Edinburgh: Effects of Dynamical Feedback and Network Topology on Criticality in Neural Systems
10:30-10:40 Tools and resources talk 1: Ian Simpson, Douglas Armstrong, IANC, Informatics, Edinburgh: Brainwave Discovery Ltd.

10:40-11:20 Coffee break

11:20-11:40 Nils Christian, Physics, Aberdeen: Structural and functional analysis of large-scale metabolic networks with the method of network expansion
11:40-12:00 David Willshaw, IANC, Informatics, Edinburgh: Measuring topographically ordered connectivity patterns in mouse visual system
12:00-12:20 Pedro Coutinho, MRC Human Genetics Unit: Discovery and assessment of conserved Pax6 target genes and enhancers
12:20-12:30 Tools and resources talk 2: Jacek Grzebyta, Rothamsted Research: Towards a computational representation of host-pathogen interaction networks.

12:30-14:40 Lunch, then coffee and posters

14:40-15:00 Mark van Rossum, IANC, Informatics, Edinburgh: Synaptic plasticity and memory retention
15:00-15:20 Wen-Hua Wei, MRC Human Genetics Unit: Can genome-wide association based interaction analysis provide new insights into biological network underlying obesity?
15:20-15:30 Tools and resources talk 3: Mark Shovman, Institute of Arts, Media and Computer Games, Abertay Dundee: Visualising Biological Networks

15:30-16:00 Coffee break

16:00-17:00 Invited Speaker: Vito Latora, University of Catania: Complex networks in biology

Full Programme: download here


Dr. Matthias Hennig, University of Edinburgh (
Dr. Pierluigi Frisco, Heriot-Watt University


Image credits

The images on top of this website depict a network of neurons reconstructed from high-density multi-electrode recordings. The left image shows in and out degrees, and the right a graph of the connectivity matrix. They were produced by Oliver Muthmann, a PhD student at NCBS, Bangalore and at Informatics, University of Edinburgh.