In general, human cellular network include multiple subsystems and layers of connectivity, and it is important to take such features into account when trying to understand the human diseases using networks. It is thus necessary to generalize the "traditional" network theory to multilayer systems in a comprehensive fashion. Generally speaking, up to now, the description of networks so far has been developed using a single and combined snapshot of the connectivity, which is a reflection of instantaneous interactions or accumulated interactions. This description is limited when trying to understand the intricate variability of real complex systems, which contain many different time scales and coexisting structural patterns forming the real network of interactions.
The satellite meeting will focus on understanding how the multilayer/multiscale nature of the network affects processes and dynamics of disease progression, causation and classification.
This satellite symposium, hosted by NetSci and located at the JW Marriott Indianapolis, is organized by Amitabh Sharma from the Channing Division of Network Medicine at Harvard Medical School, Michael Calderwood from the Center for Cancer Systems Biology at Harvard Medical School, and Tijana Milenkovic from the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at University of Notre Dame. It will bring together scientists, researchers and students from multi-disciplinary fields like network science, clinical science, systems biology and genomics.
The satellite symposium will bring together a number of practitioners of this rapidly emerging area, including both established investigators, clinical expertise of the complex diseases, and computational biologist offering a combination of expertise from clinical, network science and systems medicine. This satellite will help us to add new dimension for the emerging filed of network medicine.