6th Annual Symposium
Physics of Cancer
Leipzig, Germany
September 7-9, 2015
Invited Talk
Doppelgängers or Bistability: NCI’s Physical Sciences-Oncology Initiative
Larry A. Nagahara
Division of Cancer Biology, National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, 9609 Medical Center Drive, MSC 9747 Bethesda, MD 20892-9747, USA
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The National Cancer Institute (NCI) is exploring new and innovative approaches to better understand and control cancer. By partnering with scientists from various non-biology disciplines, NCI envisions novel approaches to help generate answers to some of the major questions and barriers in cancer research. Interfacing physical scientists/engineers with cancer biologists/clinical oncologists has brought significant advancements and potentially novel breakthroughs in the way we clinically diagnose and treat cancer. One of NCI’s recent initiatives, the Physical Sciences in Oncology Initiative, attempts to better understand the emergence and behavior of cancer through the perspective of the physical laws and principles that shape and govern this disease. These transdisciplinary teams develop and test physical sciences-based experimental and theoretical concepts that complement and advance our current understanding of cancer biology and oncology. In this talk, examples of blending these two disparate fields will be presented to illustrate that fostering the development of innovative ideas and new fields of study could lead to a paradigm shift in the way we understand and ultimately and treat cancer.
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