November 4, 2013 – November 5, 2013
The Physical Principles of Human Cancer Imaging Workshop
November 4-5, 2013—Boston, MA
The meeting will be oriented around a high level of interactions between participants, focusing on problems where fundamental physical and mathematical principles can be leveraged to make progress towards cancer diagnosis and treatment. Most of each session will be devoted to active discussion within our small group of invitees, who span both the physics and engineering of advanced imaging and biologists and clinicians at the forefront of cancer biology and treatment.
November 13, 2012 – November 14, 2012
A two-day workshop addressing the “Theoretical Foundations of Drug and Immune Resistance in Cancer” will be held in Arlington, VA on November 13 and 14, 2012. Resistance to treatment is a main reason for cancer deaths and is becoming increasingly relevant in the light of new therapies based on specific molecular targets and/or specific priming of the immune response. This resistance can involve genetic changes (most likely selection of more resistant clones from an existing multi-clonal population), epigenetic changes (modifying gene expression as a way of bypassing the drug action, possibly changing splicing patterns as has been seen recently in melanoma), and tissue-level heterogeneity (the creation of pockets within the tumor which prevent access). Unraveling the interplay of these different mechanisms so as to create a quantitative approach to both understanding and most important defeating these adaptive processes is a very high priority.
The goal of the workshop is to bring the theoretical physics community and the oncology research community to discuss the state of our knowledge of drug and immune resistance in cancer. We expect to invite roughly 15 physicists and a matching number of oncologists. The workshop will be two full days and will feature an extremely limited number of talks followed by long discussions and brainstorming sessions.
September 13, 2012 – September 15, 2012
Information on this event is available online at the European Science Foundation website.
Understanding how cancer initiates, grows and migrates has been a key issue in biomedical research in the last decades. Ideas and methods from physics have been widely applied to biology, but only sporadically to cancer. Promising areas of activity include: mathematical, biophysical and computational models of cancer progression, angiogenesis, metastasis and cancer genomics. The workshop brings together researchers from different communities (cancer biologists, applied mathematicians, statistical physicists, theoretical and experimental biophysicists) to discuss ways to tackle cancer from a physics perspective, exploring possibilities to propose “physics of cancer” initiatives in Europe.