Aims and Objectives

CISBAN's aim is to advance understanding of the complex mechanisms underpinning the ageing process and of how these are affected by nutrition, through the field of research known as systems biology.

Systems biology is a new way of tackling complex biological problems. It uses a combination of the latest techniques for highly detailed measurements of cells and molecules, combined with sophisticated computing and mathematical modelling, to help us build up a complete picture of how the body's systems work.

CISBAN is an interdisciplinary centre combining talents of biologists, statisticians, mathematicians, computer scientists and engineers. Its purpose is to apply a systems approach to the biology of ageing and nutrition. Not only does this include a strong experimental biology component, there is also a large in silico research group comprised of modellers, statisticians, computational systems biologists.