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Physical Sciences-Oncology Network Kickoff Meeting and Symposium
On the afternoon of July 22, 2015 investigators from the newly awarded PS-OCs convened to introduce their respective Centers and begin networking in areas of mutual interest. On July 23-24, 2015 an open scientific symposium brought together the larger research community, including PS-OC investigators from the initial phase of the program, to discuss more broadly on how this Network can uniquely identify and address major questions or barriers in cancer research.

  • Workshop 1: Ecology and Evolution of Cancer. September 15 - 19, 2014. Ohio State University, OH.
    This workshop will bring together cancer researchers and mathematical oncologists as well as ecologists with the aim of understanding how ecological principles can be used to understand cancer, how the mathematical tools used by theoretical ecologists could be used to gain new insights in cancer research and what principles of ecological management could be used to produce new therapies to treat cancer in the clinic. Learn More
  • Workshop 2: Metastasis and Angiogenesis. October 13 - 17, 2014.
    This workshop will discuss topics including: how to model the movement of single cells through the extracellular matrix, how to describe in sufficient detail the process by which new vessels grow toward a tumor, how to cope with the computational problems raised by such hybrid models, and what the implications are for our understanding of the underlying basic science and how that understanding can be translated into improved therapeutic regimens. Learn More
  • Workshop 3: Cancer and the Immune System. November 17 - 21, 2014.
    This workshop will bring together cancer biologists and mathematical modelers to review the state of present knowledge and explore future directions. Formal lecture and informal discussions will articulate future directions where mathematical models can significantly enhance understanding of the complex relations between tumor cells and the immune cells, and suggest novel approaches to therapy. Learn More
  • Workshop 4: Tumor Heterogeneity and the Microenvironment. February 02 - 06, 2015.
    This workshop will review our current understanding tumor heterogeneity, which has mainly focused at the genetic scale, and explore new avenues. Topics will include how genetic variation translates to phenotypic changes, and how heterogeneity affects how tumor cells interact with each other and with their microenvironment. Learn More
  • Workshop 5: Treatment, Clinical Trials, Resistance. February 16 - 20, 2015.
    This workshop will focus on two broad topics: Mathematical modeling of cancer treatment strategies and how to model resistance of cancers to drug treatments. The workshop will highlight modeling applications that are as close as possible to direct clinical impact including design of multi-institutional clinical trials for patient-specific radiation dose strategies, quantification of patient-specific response to treatment that can be useful in predicting outcomes and treatment design, optimal scheduling, and modeling of combination. The workshop will also discuss ways to implement the use of mathematical models in a clinical setting. Learn More
  • Workshop 6: Targeting Cancer Cell Proliferation and Metabolism Networks. March 23 - 27, 2015.
    This workshop will encompass a mix of experimentalists and mathematicians. The former will be engaged on the production of large datasets on cancer cell proliferation, the latter will focus on mathematical models of proliferation and metabolism at several scales, including genetic, signaling and cellular, including a focus on the ability of cancer cell populations to regenerate and reprogram in response to hostile microenvironment and to targeted treatment, ultimately persisting in their proliferative state. Learn More
  • Workshop 7: Stem Cells, Development, and Cancer. April 13 - 17, 2015.
    This workshop will address key questions concerning the cancer stem cell hypothesis through discussions between mathematical and computational modelers, and experimentalists. In particular, the strong connections between normal development, tumor growth and the use of novel treatment strategies will be discussed. Learn More
Gordon Research Conference on Circulating Tumor Cells and Metastasis. August 3-8, 2014. Mount Holyoake College, MA. .
Epithelial progenitor and stem cells, mesenchymal cells, fetal cells, and circulating tumor cells are normally relegated to extravascular organs but can traffic within the blood stream to initiate a number of important biological processes, such as organ repair and regeneration, angiogenesis, and metastasis. This conference will bring together engineers, biologists, and clinicians to address the wide range of interest in these rare cell populations, particularly cancer-relevant cells.
7th World Congress of Biomechanics (July 6-11, 2014, Boston, MA)
This conference organized by World Congress of Biomechanics (WCB) is an international meeting held once every four years. This, the 7th WCB, will once again bring together engineers, scientists from various disciplines including biology, physics, mathematics, computer science, chemistry and various clinical specialties to present their latest finding that range from basic biology to medical devices technologies. The NCI, in conjunction with the US National Committee on Biomechanics (USNCB), is organizing a podium session on August 7, "Biomechanics in Oncology"
Physical Sciences in Oncology Symposium. April 2, 2014. Bethesda, MD
The Physical Sciences in Oncology Symposium will convene on April 2 in the Natcher Conference Center (8:45AM - 5:30PM). The Symposium includes a diverse group of participants from both the NIH intramural and extramural communities who embrace the physical sciences and engineering perspectives to study how cancer cells and tumors organize, sense, communicate, adapt and evolve. While speakers will highlight recent scientific efforts, the Symposium provides a venue for participants to engage in thoughtful discussions outside of their usual comfort zone, and importantly, make new productive contacts in this highly collaborative atmosphere.
NCI Strategic Workshop: Biomimetic Tissue Engineered Systems for Advancing Cancer Research. February 26, 2014. Rockville, MD.
The field of tissue engineering and regenerative medicine has made advances in developing in vitro and ex vivo model systems to recreate tissues and their microenvironment. At this workshop we will assess the next steps for developing tissue engineered systems for cancer research and to determine what type of infrastructure or funding support may be required to advance current technologies.