This email is to announce the election of the CellML editorial board. The elected members will have responsibility to encourage and facilitate discussion about development of the CellML standard.

The list of nominees to the board is shown at the end of this email, and can also be found on the CellML website at:

Voting is open to all members of the CellML discussion mailing list. You can cast your vote(s) using an on-line form, available here:

The elected board will consist of the 5 top ranked nominees. The top two ranked members will be elected for a three year term, the next two for a two year term, and the fifth member for a one year term. Members subsequently elected to replace these members will all have three year terms.

We are using an STV voting system, details of which are explained on the ballot form. Simply rank as few or as many candidates as you wish in order of your preference.

In order to ensure all votes come from valid members of the CellML discussion list, the form requires that you enter the email you use to subscribe to this list. If you make a mistake with your voting and I receive another vote from the same address, don't worry - I'll just get in touch with you directly to make sure this was your intention and to clarify any corrections.

We would like to encourage everyone with any interest in CellML to participate by taking a look at the list of nominees and voting.


List of Nominees

Randall Britten - My background is applied mathematics and professional software development. I have been involved with the CellML project since 2007, leading the Bioengineering Software Development Group at the ABI, which participates in the development of the CellML repository, CellML API and CellML specification, and previously OpenCell. This group also participates in related Physiome projects: PMR2, FieldML, OpenCMISS, cmgui and the Cardiac Atlas Project. I continue to participate very directly in each of these projects. I believe in giving attention to user requirements and valuing feedback from users; building a highly capable development team and fostering teamwork and community collaboration. Email:

Jonathan Cooper - Jonathan's background is in computer science, software engineering, and computational biology. He has been developing tools supporting CellML since 2005, most notably the PyCml suite within Chaste. This incorporates strict validation of CellML 1.0, automatic units checking and conversion, and various optimisation methods for speeding model simulations. Jonathan is also working on functional curation solutions building on CellML.

Edmund Crampin - Edmund is head of the Systems Biology Group at the Auckland Bioengineering Institute, which develops mathematical models of complex diseases including heart disease and dysfunction of saliva secretion. We are also using computational approaches to study the network of genetic interactions underlying cancers, in order to develop new gene-based prognostic tools. We are predominantly users of CellML rather than developers, and seek to represent the community of users on the CellML Board.

Alan Garny - Alan's background is in computer science and cardiac electrophysiological modelling. His involvement with CellML goes back to its official release in August 2001. Alan is the author of COR, the first publicly available CellML environment. He was also involved in the development of OpenCell. He now leads the OpenCOR project which aim is to provide a replacement solution for both OpenCell and COR.

Steve McKeever - Steve comes from a computing science background with a strong interest in the formal specification of programming languages and compilers. His interest in CellML is from the perspective of a language developer rather than a modeller. Hence he is interested in exploiting analysis and optimisation techniques from traditional software language development applied to physiological modelling scenarios.

Andrew Miller - Andrew has been an active member of the CellML community since 2004, and has developed and maintained the CellML API from the commencement of that project, as well as participating in the development of a number of CellML language proposals.

David Nickerson - David "Andre" Nickerson has been involved in CellML since its inception, with his Master's project providing the initial demonstration of the application of XML to physiological modelling. He continues to be an active participant in CellML, the model repository, and related projects and software developments.

Steven Niederer

Poul Nielsen - Poul is one of the original designers of CellML and has led the effort since its inception. In this role, he has instigated and overseen the development of many of the standards and tools associated with CellML. He continues to be an active participant in CellML and related projects.
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