
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. Patientspecific 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 patientspecific 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

