MCHBS2021 is a multidisciplinary international workshop that focuses on modelling for biomedical technologies and healthcare and provides a unique meeting place for scientists in the field to present their latest research. The workshop is a formal activity of the European Consortium of Mathematics in Industry (ECMI) Special Interest Group on Implantable Devices & Drug Delivery Systems.

This event will build on the highly successful previous editions of MEDDS (Modelling & Experiments in Drug Delivery Systems), which took place in Coimbra (2016) and Glasgow (2018, sponsored by ECMI), as well as on symposia at ECMI2016 (Applied Mathematics in Stent Development), ECMI2018 (Mathematical Modelling in Biomedical applications), SIMAI2018 (Advances in Mathematical Modeling in Biology and Medicine), ECMTB2018 (Recent trends in the modeling and control of the glucose-insulin system), with an added emphasis on industrial and clinical problems.

Mathematical models and computer simulations are playing an increasingly important role in medicine, since they represent a useful tool to complement theoretical and experimental work. Moreover, models pave the way for investigating control problems consisting of personalized approaches for patient treatment.

Smart healthcare and medical devices have become common in clinical everyday use. Popular examples include insulin pumps, inhalers and ventilators for breathing conditions, as well as implants, microcapsules and nanoparticles for drug delivery.

Many of these technologies are controlled drug delivery systems, combining a platform or a carrier with a drug to be delivered efficiently to a target tissue or organ, while maintaining the dose within a therapeutic window.

While many have achieved successful results clinically, there remain a number of scientific and technological challenges and an opportunity for further fine-tuning and optimization. Addressing these challenges requires multi-disciplinary approaches and competences ranging from clinical expertise and academic research to the industrial sector.

Who Should Attend?

  • Academicians working on the above themes from any discipline: e.g. mathematicians, chemists, biologists, physicists, engineers, …
  • Clinicians
  • Industrialists
  • Students

The Workshop will be held online, free of charge, on a platform that will be communicated. Further information will follow.

Key Dates

  • April 1, 2021 Abstract Submission opens
  • April 15, 2021: Registration opens
  • June 1, 2021: Abstract Submission Deadline
  • July 1, 2021: Notification of Acceptance
  • September 15, 2021: Registration closes


The scope of the workshop includes (but is not limited to):

  • Design, testing and optimisation of smart implantable devices and drug delivery systems
  • Modelling and identification of drug release mechanisms
  • Release and delivery control strategies
  • Biomaterials, biomembranes, smart polymers and hydrogels
  • Nanoparticles, microspheres, liposomes and quantum dots
  • Artificial organs, tissue engineering
  • Stem cells, regenerative medicine, cell therapy
  • Tumour growth and cancer therapeutics
  • Personalized medicine and patient-tailored modelling
  • Pharmacokinetics/Pharmacodynamics (PK/PD)
  • Smart sensors, wearable devices, healthcare @home

Mathematical, computational and experimental approaches are all within scope.

Scientific Committee

G. Pontrelli, R. Natalini, G. Bretti, F. Castiglione (chairs) (CNR-IAC)
S. Panunzi, A. Borri (chairs) (CNR-IASI)
P. Palumbo (chair) (Univ. Milano-Bicocca / CNR-IASI)
A. De Gaetano (CNR-IRIB), E. Barchiesi (CNRS Brest, France)
D. Gui, S. Magalini (Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Italy)
S. McGinty (Univ. Glasgow, UK), A. Barakat (Ecole Polytechnique, Palaiseau, France)
L. Preziosi (Polytec. Torino), M. Sammartino (Univ. Palermo)
M. Meere (National Univ. Ireland), L. Formaggia (Polytec. Milano)
S. Schnell (University of Michigan, USA), L. Teresi (Univ. Roma Tre)

Keynote speakers

  • Mario Grassi (University of Trieste, Italy)
  • Davide Manca (Politecnico of Milan, Italy)
  • Levente Kovacs (Budapest University of Technology, Hungary)

  • Organizing Committee (CNR)

    G. Pontrelli, R. Natalini, G. Bretti, F. Castiglione, S. Panunzi, A. Borri, P. Palumbo

    This initiative is supported by:

    The workshop is partly supported by the National Research Project Grant "Mathematics of active materials: from mechanobiology to smart devices
    (PRIN 2017, prot. 2017KL4EF3)