Network approaches in health and disease

Scope of the satellite

Understanding the mechanisms behind the origins, development, evolution and resilience of diseases is one of the most important challenges in Contemporary Science. To do so, Medicine and the Biomedical sciences are supported by Physics, Mathematics and Computational Sciences in an emergent field known as Systems Biology. Here, living systems and its constituents at different levels of description can be seen as nodes in a network. Such nodes coexist with other elements under different levels of interaction. Network approaches are able to integrate, in a relatively easy and visually appealing fashion, a considerable amount of information of diverse classes coming from a large range of sources. Global properties of the networks, often provide information that can shed light upon the underlying emergent processes of living systems, and thus help to complement information ontained by biomedical research. Network Biology has contributed to the discovery of a myriad of different processes and mechanisms of biological systems at the molecular, cellular and physiological level, demonstrating that biologically-inspired network inference and analysis is a useful tool to direct basic and applied experimental research Goals To provide novel research in network theory as applied to understand the origins and development of several diseases, particularly focused on chronicdegenerative ones.


  • 14:30 - 15:00 Deciphering the role of sperm calcium channels in sea urchin fertilization: A continuous dynamical system approach. Daniel Priego Espinosa Instituto de Ciencias Físicas, UNAM

  • C15:00 -15:30. Deciphering the role of sperm calcium channels in sea urchin fertilization: A discrete network dynamics approach. Gustavo Martínez-Mekler Instituto de Ciencias Físicas, UNAM

  • C15:30 -16:00 Topological properties of networks from immune repertoire as an indicator of health Roberto Carlos Álvarez Martínez Natural Sciences School, UAQ

  • 16:00 - 16:30 Discussion - Coffee

  • 16:30 - 17:00 The use of a drug-gene perturbation network for the study of drug side effects: The case of drug-induced peripheral neuropathy Guillermo de Anda-Jáuregui School of Medicine and Life Sciences, University of North Dakota

  • 17:00 - 17:30 Discovering Epistatic Interactions of Continuous Phenotypes Using Information and Network Theory Krishna Bathina School of Informatics and Computing, Indiana University

  • 17:30 -18:00 Network Community Structure in Breast Cancer Molecular Subtypes Sergio Alcalá-Corona Computational Genomics Division, National Instiute of Genomic Medicine

  • 18:00 -18:30 Discussion - Coffee


The satellite meeting will focus on epidemic-related challenges in a fully interdisciplinary fashion, bringing together researchers from a broad rang...


To discuss the state-of-the-art in the field of implementation of complex systems and network theory approaches to dissect and understand the mechanisms of the origin and evolution and distribution of violence from different points of view: social, geographical and statistical.


Submissions will be made by sending one A4 page abstract in pdf via Easychair. The deadline for abstract submission is 7th July 2017. The contributions to the event will be evaluated by the programme committee through a peer review process that will account for the scientific quality as well as for the relevance of the contribution to the aims of the satellite. The authors of accepted abstracts will be notified via e-mail by 14th July 2017.


  • Criminal Network analysis techniques.
  • Community detection in Criminal Networks.
  • Flow of information in Criminal Networks.
  • Visualization techniques in Criminal Networks.
  • Spatio-temporal analysis in Criminal Networks.
  • Simulations and real-case studies of attacks to CNs.
  • Crime on the Web and crimes using the Web.


Date of the Satellite: September 21st. 2017
Abstract Registration Deadline: 07th July
Notifications of Acceptance: Rolling (to 14th July)
Paper Submission Deadline: 18th August


All the participants of the satellite meeting (with or without abstract submission) must register for the Conference on Complex Systems 2017