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Multiscale modeling and data integration in the virtual physiological rat project. Ann Biomed Eng 2012 Nov;40(11):2365-78

Date

07/19/2012

Pubmed ID

22805979

Pubmed Central ID

PMC3463790

DOI

10.1007/s10439-012-0611-7

Scopus ID

2-s2.0-84868362445   30 Citations

Abstract

It has become increasingly evident that the descriptions of many complex diseases are only possible by taking into account multiple influences at different physiological scales. To do this with computational models often requires the integration of several models that have overlapping scales (genes to molecules, molecules to cells, cells to tissues). The Virtual Physiological Rat (VPR) Project, a National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) funded National Center of Systems Biology, is tasked with mechanistically describing several complex diseases and is therefore identifying methods to facilitate the process of model integration across physiological scales. In addition, the VPR has a considerable experimental component and the resultant data must be integrated into these composite multiscale models and made available to the research community. A perspective of the current state of the art in model integration and sharing along with archiving of experimental data will be presented here in the context of multiscale physiological models. It was found that current ontological, model and data repository resources and integrative software tools are sufficient to create composite models from separate existing models and the example composite model developed here exhibits emergent behavior not predicted by the separate models.

Author List

Beard DA, Neal ML, Tabesh-Saleki N, Thompson CT, Bassingthwaighte JB, Shimoyama M, Carlson BE

Author

Mary E. Shimoyama PhD Associate Professor in the Biomedical Engineering department at Medical College of Wisconsin




MESH terms used to index this publication - Major topics in bold

Animals
Cardiovascular Physiological Phenomena
Models, Biological
Rats
Systems Biology
Systems Integration
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