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Meetings in Support of the Physical Sciences in Oncology

Contributions from outside the field of cancer biology are the cornerstone of the Physical Sciences in Oncology initiative.

Several seminal meetings have been held to gather ideas and suggestions that lead to the establishment of the Physical Sciences-Oncology Centers initiative in the fall of 2008. These series of Think Tanks brought together thought leaders from the fields of cancer biology, physics, chemistry, mathematics, modeling, engineering, and nanotechnology.

From these meetings several foundational ideas and plans were formed:

  • Cancer research needs new ideas, deep innovation, and new and unprecedented transdisciplinary teams of scientists to address these and other key questions.
  • Understanding and controlling cancer will increasingly depend on the convergence of cancer research with the disciplines that comprise the physical sciences.
  • The time is at hand to open this new frontier.
  • A network of Physical Sciences-Oncology Centers should be established. These centers should be staffed with interdisciplinary teams able to forge projects representing promising ideas based on the state of the art in both cancer research and the physical sciences.

Physical Sciences in Oncology Workshops and Think Tanks 

Cover 1 Integrating and Leveraging the Physical Sciences to Open a New Frontier in Oncology
February 26-28, 2008
Arlington, VA
Cover 2 Physical Sciences-Based Frontiers in Oncology: A New Look at Evolution and Evolutionary Theory in Cancer
July 13-15, 2008
Tyson's Corner, VA
Cover 3 Physical Sciences-Based Frontiers in Oncology: The Coding, Decoding, Transfer, and Translation of Information in Cancer
October 29-31, 2008
Pentagon City, Arlington, Virginia
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