AMS Hosts Congressional Briefing
Mathematics and stents was the subject of a Congressional briefing hosted by the AMS on December 6, 2011. The Capitol Hill presentation entitled "Mathematics: Leading the Way for New Options in the Treatment of Coronary Artery Disease" was given by Professor Suncica Canic of the University of Houston.
Coronary artery disease is a precursor for heart attack, the number one killer in the United States. Treatment of this disease entails insterting a stent to keep the coronary arteries open. Patient-specific decisions on the choice of a particular stent tailored to a given patient anatomy are not common practice. This presentation showed how mathematics provides a quick and inexpensive way to make patient-specific decisions by testing the stent's behavior prior to the insertion into a patient's coronary artery. Prescribing mathematical and computer simulations, in addition to prescribing a blood test and angiogram, is the future of personalized medicine.
The AMS holds annual congressional briefings as a means to communicate information to policymakers. Speakers discuss the importance of mathematics research and present their work in layman's terms to Congressional staff as a way to inform Members of Congress of how mathematics impacts today's important issues.
Previous AMS Congressional Briefings:
- October 2010, The Gulf Oil Spill: How Can We Protect our Beaches in the Future? presented by Andrea Bertozzi, professor of mathematics at UCLA.
- October 2009, The Movies, the Markets and Mathematics, presented by Stuart Geman, professor of applied mathematics at Brown University.
- September 2008, Can Mathematics Cure Leukemia? presented by Doron Levy, associate professor of mathematics at the University of Maryland, College Park.
- September 2007, Mathematics of Ice to Aid Global Warming Forecasts, presented by Ken Golden, professor of mathematics at the University of Utah.
- November 2006, The Necessity of Mathematics: From Google to Counterterrorism to Sudoku, presented by Amy Langville, professor of mathematics at the College of Charleston.
- November 2005, From Katrina Forward: How Mathematics Helps Predict Storm Surges, presented by Clint Dawson, professor at the University of Texas and a member of the Center for Subsurface Modeling in the Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences; and James Westerink, associate professor of civil engineering and geological sciences at the University of Notre Dame.
- September 2004, Homeland Security: What Can Mathematics Do? presented by Fred Roberts, professor of mathematics and director of the Center for Discrete Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science (DIMACS) at Rutgers University.
- July 2003, Mathematics is Biology's Next Microscope, Only Better; Biology is Mathematics' Next Physics, Only Better presented by Joel E. Cohen, Laboratory of Populations, Rockefeller and Columbia Universities.
- February 2002, Mathematics, Patterns and Homeland Security, presented by Ingrid Daubechies, Princeton University.
- July 2001, Adding It Up: Helping Children Learn Mathematics, a briefing on this National Research Council Report presented by Deborah Loewenberg Ball and Hyman Bass, University of Michigan and by Roger Howe, Yale University.
- Other previous briefings include:
What Does Water Know About Mathematics, by Mary Fannett Wheeler, The University of Texas at Austin
Calculating the Secrets of Life: Mathematics in Medicine by DeWitt Sumners, Florida State University
Eavesdropping on the Internet: Mathematics and Policy by Carl Pomerance, University of Georgia
Mathematical Transcriptions of the Real World: Fingerprints, Magnetic Resonance and Video by Ronald Coifman, Yale University