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Evolutionary Biology and Ecology of Cancer Workshop

June 4, 2018 - June 8, 2018

Hinxton, Cambridge, UK
June 4-8, 2018

We are pleased to announce that Evolutionary Biology and Ecology of Cancer 2018 is open for applications.

This course is aimed at researchers currently working in cancer and/or evolution and ecology. It is particularly suited to evolutionary biologists and ecologists interested in moving into cancer research, and to cancer biologists and oncologists who lack formal training in evolutionary biology.

Applications are invited from early career scientists, including post-graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and new principle investigators. A limited number of registration bursaries are available to attend this course. Apply by 24 April. For more information please visit the course website.

Course topics
Introduction to the evolution and ecology of cancer

  • Understanding vulnerability to cancer
  • The evolution of cancer clones
  • The cancer ecosystem
  • Evolutionary prognostics
  • Thwarting therapeutic resistance

Learning outcomes
After attending this course, participants will be able to:

Describe the principles of evolutionary biology as applied to somatic cell evolution in cancer (e.g. generation of diversity, driver mutations, epistasis, selective pressures, cellular co-operation and competition, units of selection).

  • Describe the principles from ecology relevant to studying tumour microenvironments.
  • Develop proficiency with the tools for measuring the evolution and ecology of tumours.
  • Evaluate those tools and metrics used to measure ecosystems and evolution that can be applied to cancer.
  • Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of cancer prognostics, particularly evolutionary prognostics
  • Apply evolutionary and ecological approaches to the problem of therapeutic resistance.


Wellcome Genome Campus
Cambridge, Hinxton United Kingdom + Google Map