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Cancer Genomics and Mathematical Data Analysis Symposium
The symposium on Cancer Genomics and Mathematical Data Analysis, co-organized by Columbia PSOC (Directors Drs Rabadan & Iavarone), MSK CSBC (Directors Dr Leslie & Rudensky), Columbia CSBC (Directors Drs Califano & Honig) and Cornell PSOC (Drs Fischbach-Teschl & Cantley) will present a comprehensive overview of algorithmic and mathematical approaches to the study of cancer through genomic approaches.  It will be held on February 7-8th, 2018 in the Heart Conference Center on the 1st floor at Columbia University.  The symposium will also include a tutorial and poster session. Please visit  the website to find out more information and to register to attend.

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).

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:

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.

1st Northeast Physical Sciences in Oncology Symposium
The 1st Northeast Physical Sciences in Oncology Symposium scheduled for November 28-29, 2016 at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute will be held as part of the NCI’s Physical Sciences-Oncology Network (PS-ON) initiative in collaboration with Columbia University, the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. This Symposium will center on three different topics and sessions: Cancer Genomics and Evolution chaired by Dr. Raul Rabadan, Computational Methods and Algorithms chaired by Dr. Franziska Michor, and Cell migration and Invasion chaired by Drs. Jeffrey Fredberg and Roger Kamm. The Symposium is open to the public; please visit the workshop website to view the program and register to attend.

Joint Meeting of the Physical Sciences-Oncology Network and the Cancer Systems Biology Consortium
Investigators from the NCI Physical Sciences-Oncology Network (PS-ON) and the Cancer Systems Biology Consortium (CSBC) will convene for a joint meeting on August 29-31. Newly awarded PS-OCs and CSBC Research Centers and will join the meeting and will introduce their respective Centers. Junior investigators from both programs will present at a poster session on the evening of August 30. Follow the meeting on Twitter #PSONCSBC16.

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Northwestern PS-OC New Visualization Tools & Human Tumor Models for Cancer Research Workshop
This workshop, to be held on Northwestern’s Chicago campus on Monday, July 25th, 2:00 – 4:00 PM CDT, will feature talks by Vadim Backman, PhD and Andrew Mazar, PhD, the Directors of the PS-OC’s Nanocytometry Core and PDX Human Tumor Core respectively. Professor Vadim Backman will present an overview of new visualization tools that provide quantitative analysis of the physical structure of chromatin and Dr. Andrew Mazar, PDX Core Leader and Research Professor of Pharmacology, will present the application of patient-derived xenograft  (PDX) tumor models. This workshop is open to the public; please visit the workshop website to view the program and register to attend.

American Association for Cancer Research Special Conference on Engineering and Physical Sciences in Oncology
The first/inaugural AACR Special Conference on “Engineering and Physical Sciences in Oncology” will take place on June 25-28, 2016, in Boston, Massachusetts. This conference has been organized by co-chairpersons, Drs. Joan Brugge, Rakesh Jain, and Robert Langer to celebrate the advances made at the interface of engineering/physical sciences and oncology and to explore the new frontiers in this emerging multidisciplinary field.  The abstract submission and award application deadline is April 11, 2016, and the advance deadline to register is Friday, May 13, 2016.  Dr. Nastaran Z. Kuhn of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) will chair a session on “Funding Opportunities: Physical Sciences in Oncology Programs,” which will include presentations about opportunities within various programs at the NCI and the National Science Foundation (NSF). The session on funding opportunities will take place on Sunday, June 26, 2016 at 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM. Please visit the meeting website to view the program, submit an abstract, and register to attend.

American Physical Society March Meeting 2016
Dr. Michael Graham Espey of the National Cancer Institute will participate in the “War on Cancer: Physics Enters the Fray” session at the American Physical Society (APS) Meeting on Thursday, March 17, 2016 from 8:00 AM-11:00 AM in Baltimore, Maryland.  Dr. Espey’s presentation on “The National Cancer Institute’s Physical Sciences- Oncology Network,” begins at 10:24 AM.  His presentation will include a brief program overview followed by a strategic discussion with the APS community to exchange perspectives on the progression of trans-disciplinary physical sciences in cancer research.

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.