Complex Systems Theory and Cancer Biology

When: February 22, 2014 – February 23, 2014 all-day
Where: Arizona State University

This Workshop will focus on understanding the nature of cancer in terms of the flow and control of information, and the activities of various regulatory and signaling networks in a systems context. Topics will include[…]


Cancer Metabolism, Oxidative Stress and the Warburg Effect

When: November 6, 2013 – November 8, 2013 all-day
Where: Tempe, AZ, USA

One of the intriguing aspects of cancer metabolism is the significance of the Warburg effect and its role in driving the cancer phenotype – a subject with a long and contentious history.  We shall try[…]


Cancer Latency and Dormancy

When: February 27, 2013 – February 28, 2013 all-day
Where: Tempe, AZ, USA

Cancer cells often remain quiescent for years of even decades. This fundamental, and still mysterious, property of cancer is the subject of the next workshop. Latency refers to the fact that cancer cells, or even[…]


Oxidative Stress and the Deep Evolutionary Roots of Cancer

When: November 4, 2012 – November 5, 2012 all-day
Where: Tempe, AZ, USA

There is a growing realization of the importance of oxygen in understanding cancer, combined with a serious effort to trace the evolutionary roots of cancer back to the dawn of multicellularity, and perhaps even to[…]


Electrical Properties of Cells

When: March 19, 2012 – March 21, 2012 all-day

Most cell biology is dominated by focusing on biochemistry, but electromagnetic effects also play a crucial role in regulating cell behavior. Cells maintain an electrical potential difference of a few hundred millivolts across their membranes[…]


Evolution, Development and Cancer: Connecting the Dots

When: February 9, 2012 all-day

Cancer is widespread among eukaryotes, and can be successfully tackled only by understanding its place in the story of life itself – especially the evolution of multi-cellularity. There is general agreement that the roots of[…]


Invasion: How cancer cells spread around the Body

When: May 19, 2011 – May 20, 2011 all-day

Ninety per cent of cancer deaths occur when the neoplasm spreads beyond the primary tumor and invades other organs. This process, known as metastasis, normally signals a sharp deterioration in prognosis. The manner in which[…]


Exploring the links between chromatin configurations, gene expression, nuclear morphology and cancer.

When: January 14, 2011 – January 15, 2011 all-day

The DNA in every human cell is about two metres long. Somehow it has to be packed into the tiny cell nucleus. Which presents nature with a problem: how can a thread so long be[…]


Quantum Mechanics and Cancer Biology

When: October 25, 2010 – October 27, 2010 all-day

Quantum Mechanics and Cancer Biology The conjecture that quantum mechanics plays a key role in life dates back to the 1940s, and Erwin Schrödinger’s famous book “What is Life?” However, decades later, most scientists still[…]


Cellular Differentiation and Response to Stress: Modeling Cancer Initiation and Progression

When: August 28, 2010 – August 31, 2010 all-day

Co-organizers: Thea Tlsty and Timothy Newman The Sedona Workshop was held under the auspices of the Arizona State University Physical Sciences Oncology Center, and was the third in the series of focused workshops on different[…]


Cancer as a Dynamical System

When: June 2, 2010 – June 4, 2010 all-day

Understanding cancer in the context of evolutionary biology, how neoplasms evolve within the host organism, the nonlinear feedback between cancer cells and stroma, and how cancer behaves as a complex adaptive system. Emphasis will be[…]


Atomic Force Microscopy(ATM)

When: April 15, 2010 – April 16, 2010 all-day

Facilitators: Stuart Lindsay and Robert Ros Location: Agilent, Chandler and ASU campus, Tempe. This workshop welcomed 10 scientists from Northwestern PSOC, Oregon Health Sciences Center, University of Texas and Arizona State University to be trained[…]


Mechanical Properties of Cancer Cells

When: February 10, 2010 – February 12, 2010 all-day

No area of research better illustrates the constructive engagement of physics and cancer biology than the burgeoning field of cell mechanics. This workshop focused on the mechanical properties of healthy and cancer cells and the[…]