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NCI Systems Biology and Physical Sciences Summer Research Program
The National Cancer Institute’s (NCI) Cancer Systems Biology Consortium and Physical Sciences in Oncology Network are offering rising Junior and Senior undergraduates with outstanding research potential the opportunity to work closely with faculty mentors from NCI-supported institutions for an 8-week summer fellowship. The 2017 summer research program is designed specifically for students to gain experience in the interdisciplinary fields of systems biology and physical oncology. Students who are especially interested in cancer research careers are encouraged to apply. Opportunities are available at 14 research institutions across the United States. Stipend, housing, and travel to and from the host institution are covered by NCI. Additionally, students will convene at the NIH in Bethesda, MD, mid-way through the summer to present their research and network with their peers.  Detailed information about the program and application instructions can be found at: . The application deadline is February 15, 2017Please contact Dr. Shannon Hughes ( or Ms. Erin Wetzel ( if you have any questions about the program.

2017 Cancer Systems Biology Consortium and Physical Sciences - Oncology Network Junior Investigator Meeting
The Junior Investigator Meeting is scheduled for July 11-12, 2017 at the NIH Campus in Bethesda, MD. It will bring together senior graduate students through early stage faculty members who work at the interface of computation, physical sciences, and biology, as a way to build a community of interdisciplinary scientists facing similar career decisions and challenges. Participants of this interdisciplinary meeting will include cancer biologists, along with engineers, mathematicians, and physicists. In light of these diverse backgrounds, the goal of the meeting is to inspire data sharing, new ideas and research directions in the field of cancer - particularly among early investigators just launching, or near to launching, independent labs.

2017 Physical Sciences-Oncology Network Annual Investigators Meeting
The Annual Investigators Meeting is scheduled for October 17-19, 2017 at the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at MIT in Cambridge, MD. The network aims to integrate physical sciences perspectives in cancer research and to foster this convergence by forming trans-disciplinary teams of physical scientists and cancer researchers working closely together to advance our understanding of cancer biology and oncology. Keynote speakers include single cell technologies (Alex Shalek), novel quantitative methods (Peter Sorger), imaging TME and immune cell interactions (Melody Swartz & Rakesh Jain), in vivo / organoid models (Sunil Hingorani), and in vitro models (John Wikswo).

Recent Events

MIT PS-OC: Mini Symposium
The MIT Physical Sciences-Oncology Center will host a mini-symposium at the Koch Institute on Tuesday, May 30th from 9AM-12PM. The mini-symposium will serve to introduce the Koch Institute and local community to some of the MIT PS-OC investigators, with the general theme of drug delivery / detection / response in GBM. The symposium will be recorded and made available to the PS-ON community. Please visit the website to view the program and find out more information.

The Workshop on Mathematical Methods in Cancer Evolution and Heterogeneity
The Workshop on Mathematical Methods in Cancer Evolution and Heterogeneity will held at Princeton University on June 1-2, 2017. The workshop will present a comprehensive overview of the different mathematical approaches that are currently being developed for the study of cancer evolution and heterogeneity, as well as its clinical implications. Please visit the link to find out more information and to register to attend.

Interdisciplinary Approaches to Cancer Metastasis Workshop
The Interdisciplinary Approaches to Cancer Metastasis workshop, to be held June 12-14, 2017 in Seattle, WA hosted by Sage Bionetworks, will bring together ~25 early stage investigators (within 15 years of terminal degree) across four NCI-supported programs, the Innovative Molecular Analysis Technologies (IMAT) program, the Informatics Technology for Cancer Research (ITCR) program, the Cancer Systems Biology Consortium (CSBC) and the Physical Sciences-Oncology Network (PS-ON), along with select outside investigators to tackle important questions in cancer metastasis. The goal is to form teams that utilize the technologies and computational approaches championed by IMAT and ITCR along with the cancer systems biology and physical oncology viewpoints employed within the CSBC and PS-ON. Teams will nucleate around a question in cancer metastasis that can best be addressed through an interdisciplinary approach. The application deadline to request participation in the workshop is February 15, 2017. Details about the workshop including the application process can be found on Synapse:

Engineering Vascularization: Johns Hopkins Nano-Bio Symposium
John Hopkins University Institute for NanoBioTechnology & John Hopkins Physical Sciences-Oncology Center will hold a Symposium on Engineering Vascularization on May 5, 2017 from 9AM to 12:30PM in the Owens auditorium at the Johns Hopkins Medical Campus in Baltimore, Maryland. A poster session with a wide range of research topics will take place from 1:30PM to 3:30PM in the lobby outside Owens Auditorium. Please visit the website to view the program, submit a poster, and register to attend.

The Workshop on Genomics, Evolution, and Heterogeneity of Glioblastoma Multiforme
The Workshop on Genomics, Evolution, and Heterogeneity of Glioblastoma Multiforme will be held on March 10th, 2017 as part of the NCI’s Physical Sciences-Oncology Network (PS-ON) initiative, in collaboration with Columbia University, and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. The workshop will focus on recent developments in the molecular characterization of glioblastoma multiforme, with particular emphasis on the study of tumor evolution and heterogeneity. The deadline to register for the workshop is February 18, 2017; please visit the website to view the program and register to attend.

Gordon Research Conference on Physical Science of Cancer
The first Gordon Research Conference (GRC) on Physical Science of Cancer will be held in Galveston, Texas on February 5-10, 2017. The GRC Chair and Vice Chair, Dr. Dennis Discher (UPENN PS-OC PI) and Dr. Franziska Michor (DFCI PS-OC PI), respectively, have organized a program themed upon cancer forces, structures, and mathematical predictions. The current challenges in the field that will be focused on in sessions range from topics in Migration-Invasion mechanisms and Genomic Instability to Mathematical physics-based modeling for novel clinical trials in Immuno-Oncology. The application deadline to attend the meeting is January 8, 2017. Visit the GRC website for more information and to apply.