Reuniting philosophy and science to advance cancer research
The use of philosophical methods to pin down definitions and conceptualizations in cancer research could help sort out the wooly thinking that is pervasive in the subject and help scientists from different disciplines to better collaborate, argues a discussion paper...
ACE sponsors science awards for local kids
One of the most enjoyable experiences of ACE this year was to judge the Chandler school district science prizes. ACE awarded prizes to children in the senior, junior and elementary divisions for their work concerning life sciences and cancer research. Congratulations to all the winners!
ACE at Spring Science Fairs
Once again, we attended the City of Chandler's Innovation Fair. The fair, in the center of town, attracted over 6000 visitors, mainly families, who came along to experience the excitement of the science taking place in Arizona's Valley of the Sun and explore its...
ACE Scholars Program – a Big Success!
We are so proud of our ACE Scholars! They are undergraduates in many disciplines who come from all around the nation to help us understand the evolution and control of cancer. The students devote hours each week to the program, working individually and then meeting ...
Evolutionary Biology and Ecology of Cancer Summer School 2022 – Applications open
Applications are open for the Evolutionary Biology and Ecology of Cancer Summer School 2022, taking place between June 13-17, 2022 at the Wellcome Genome Campus, UK.Students will have the opportunity to explore various modelling techniques (e.g. agent-based, game...
After a two year break, the 2022 Guarda summer school in Evolutionary Biology for master and PhD students returns. The main aim of the course is to develop the skills to produce an independent research project in evolutionary biology.The summer school will take place...
Cancer and Embryo Development Workshop, 17-18 January 2020, Tempe
It has been known for some decades that there is a deep link between tumorigenesis and embryo development. Many of the hallmarks of cancer are also hallmarks of early-stage development: angiogenesis, hypoxia, cell motility, tissue invasion, stemness. It has even been...
Tracing the deep Evolutionary Roots of Cancer workshop
Mon-Wed, April 23-25, 2018 Scottsdale. Cancer represents a breakdown in the regulatory mechanisms that mediate the relationship between individual cells and the organism as a whole, a relationship that dates back to the dawn of multicellularity over a billion years...
Evolutionary Biology and Ecology of Cancer Workshop
Evolutionary biologists and students from around the world gathered in Cambridge, UK for an intensive weeklong workshop in June 2018.
Organismal Evolution and Cancer Defenses
Here we are using Life History Theory to compare cancer rates across species in zoos and wildlife reserves and uncover the selective pressures that reduce cancer defenses in some animals and enhance them in others. Our work will give new clues to cancer avoidance mechanisms that have evolved in the animal kingdom that can be used to prevent and treat cancers in humans.
Somatic Cell Evolution in Small Human Replicative Units
This Project studies somatic cell evolution in human colon crypts and tumor glands to determine whether gene selection or neutral genetic drift is more common during normal human aging and tumor progression. We are also examining the gene functioning of tumor cells in species identified in the Organismal Evolution and Cancer Defenses project (above) to test the predictions of Life History Theory.
This project takes into account both the evolution of cancer cell mutations and the environment surrounding a tumor in order to develop a better predictive test for the invasiveness of a tumor. We will also hope to be able to understand which aspects of a mutation most impact survival and which are most important to target when considering treatment.
We love to talk about our work and explain what we do. One of our research themes concerns the prevalence of cancer throughout the multi-celled world and to illustrate this we have built a cancer cactus garden on the Tempe campus of Arizona State University. Here, the weird and beautiful plant forms illustrate the ubiquity of cancer. Check our progress or visit the garden if you get the chance. We also put on public lectures and seminars – check our events listings – and recordings of past events. If you are a teacher in the Phoenix area and would like a school talk about cancer in animals and plants from our talented team, please contact us. We have been going into lunchtime science clubs in local schools and to full classes to work with children from 5 years up!