Understanding Cancer via the Theoretical Sciences:
April 15-16, 2010
Organizer: Salvatore Torquato
One of the difficulties in treating and controlling cancer is that it is not a single disease, but a wide spectrum of different diseases. The most malignant forms of cancer remain medical mysteries and therefore very little progress has been made in extending survival times of such cancer patients.
There is overwhelming evidence that cancers of all types are emerging, opportunistic systems. Success in treating many cancers will require unconventional, innovative approaches and the combined effort of an interdisciplinary team of researchers. A lofty long-term goal is not only to obtain a quantitative understanding of tumorigenesis but to limit and control the expansion of a solid tumor mass and the infiltration of cells from such masses into healthy tissue. During the last decade or so, it has been recognized that theoretical/computational modeling of tumor evolution may play an important role toward achieving this goal.
The purpose of the workshop is to explore fundamental questions in cancer research and the benefits of quantitatively understanding cancer via the theoretical sciences, catalyze new ideas, and identify fruitful future research directions for theoreticians. The program on the first day will consist of presentations given by several speakers. The second day of the program will consist of brain-storming sessions to identify current limitations in our understanding of cancer and compelling problems for future research.
Confirmed invited speakers include:
Mickey Atwal (Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory) Anna D. Barker (Deputy Director of the National Cancer Institute) Donald S. Coffey (Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine) John Lowengrub (University of California at Davis) Salvatore Torquato (Princeton University)