STEM Health, medicine and disease

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Keeping hearts pumping

This Mathematics Matters case study, from the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications, looks at how mathematics modelling can aid investigations into the circulatory system. Blood-related diseases can seriously harm patients’ quality of life and even lead to death. Many of these diseases are caused by problems with the flow of blood in the body, and using mathematical models to understand how and why these occur can help save lives. The resource can be used by teachers to guide their students or shared directly with students to inform them about careers using mathematics.

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2010 to date

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Fighting Infections with Symmetry

This Mathematics Matters case study looks at how mathematicians are aiding the fight against viruses. Many viruses have a symmetrical structure made from basic building blocks, and biologists have struggled to explain some of the more detailed shapes. Now mathematicians are using complex theories of symmetry to reveal these viral structures, ultimately leading to new treatments for diseases. The resource can be used by teachers to guide their students or shared directly with students to inform them about careers using mathematics.

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2010 to date

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Modelling an Epidemic Emergency

This Mathematics Matters case study looks at how mathematicians work with epidemiologists to understand the spread of infections and mitigate their effects. Epidemics can threaten the lives of both humans and animals, so it is essential that we react swiftly to any outbreaks. Mathematicians play a key role in assessing the risks of disease transmission and modelling the effects of vaccination programmes. The resource can be used by teachers to guide their students or shared directly with students to inform them about careers using mathematics.

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2010 to date

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