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Physical Sciences in Oncology Network Investigators Meeting


Speaker Abstract Submission

open to faculty level PS-OC investigators ONLY

PS-OC Investigators interested in speaking at the Second Annual PS-OC Network Investigators’ Meeting are asked to frame their talks to show case how their PS-OC research (or the broader PS-OC Network) can help address fundamental questions in cancer biology. The sessions are designed to investigate how close we are to providing meaningful answers to these questions and where can physical science perspectives help. Each session at the Meeting will focus on one question and potential speakers are asked to submit their abstracts in response to a single session.

Session Descriptions:
How close are we to and how can the PS-OC Network impact  . . .

  1. . . . understanding the implications of tumor heterogeneity?
    1. What is the extent of intra-tumor heterogeneity and how does it evolve over time?*
    2. What is the impact of tumor microenvironment heterogeneity?*
    3. How does heterogeneity correlate with cancer progression and/or clinical outcomes?*
  2. . . . understanding the role of “seed” and “soil” in metastasis?
    1. How do the physical properties of the microenvironment impact metastasis?*
    2. What physical properties allow tumor cells to survive and form new metastasis?*
  3. . . . understanding if cancer should be treated as a curable or manageable disease?
    1. Can cancer be totally eliminated and how can we measure this?*
    2. What are the roles of stochastic mechanisms?*
    3. How can physical measurements be incorporated into personalized medicine and what is the role and limitations of personalized medicine in managing cancer?*
    4. What factors influence tumor dormancy and recurrent growth?*
  4. . . . determining if there is and/or defining a fundamental equation of cancer?
    1. To what extent are mathematical models of cancer predictive and practical?*
    2. Are there mathematics or physics principles that describe cancer phenomena?*
    3. What are the possibilities and limitations of your physical science measurement?*
  5. . . . performing physical science measurements on relevant clinical sample? (i.e. what is needed to make the leap from model organism or sample to clinical sample?)
    1. What are the limitations and challenges and how far away are we?*
    2. What type of samples would you need (fresh or fixed; diseased or healthy; number of cells or size of tissue)?*

*sub-questions are examples/illustrations and neither need to be addressed nor represent the only questions that may be addressed

The deadline for abstract submission is Monday March 7th, 2011.

Click here to download the Speaker Update Abstract Submission form in Microsfoft Word format.


Poster Abstract Submission

(open to ALL meeting participants)

Poster sessions help provide for the successful exchange of scientific and technical accomplishments at meetings. As such, we encourage all Centers to submit multiple abstracts for poster presentations at the meeting. Each Center can submit up to 8 poster abstracts. Please coordinate closely with your particular PS-OC leadership to determine your Center’s selection process.

The deadline for abstract submission is Monday March 7th, 2011.

Click here to download the Poster Abstract Submission form in Microsfoft Word format.

Prizes will be awarded for the top posters.

If you have any questions about poster submission or the status of your abstract, please contact Susan Kerin at susank@capconcorp.com.

Second Annual Physical Sciences in Oncology Meeting
April 10 - 12, 2011
Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine