Many of the underlying fundamental principles that guide origin, progression and outcome of cancer are strongly impacted and directed by physical phenomena. This Gordon Research Seminar will present a storyline of the Physics of Cancer approach: from mechanistically and quantitatively understanding the origin and progression of cancer, to developing new diagnostic and treatment solutions. Presentations and abstracts will be organized in three sections: 1) Physical mechanisms of oncogenesis, 2) Physical drivers of metastasis, and 3) Physics of cancer: a new avenue for clinical solutions. This effort will dissect and refine the way we ask and answer questions in the Physics of Cancer community. Researchers from multiple disciplines will share their unique approach to measuring, modeling, and guiding clinical practice in cancer. The goal of this meeting is to provide researchers insight into how to envision, design, and present their own research using quantitative sciences, and how this effort impacts patient lives.
The Gordon Research Seminar (GRS) is a unique forum for graduate students, post-docs, and other junior scientists, to present and exchange new data and cutting-edge ideas. This GRS on Physical Science of Cancer will precede the 2021 Gordon Research Conference (GRC) on the same topic. The goal of this GRS is to connect researchers and research outputs from diverse disciplines, backgrounds, and leading centers, to create a unique and intellectually stimulating environment, with a particular focus on fostering new generations of independent investigators. Presentations should be accessible to a broad audience, provide insight on innovative techniques, challenges encountered, and creative solutions. All speakers are encouraged to highlight quantitative nature, reproducibility, and standardization aspects of methods and results presented. The GRS provides a welcoming environment for young researchers to explore novel and exciting ideas in their field, and allows them to build a professional network with their peers. Participants of the GRS are welcome to send questions and suggestions for this session to the GRS Chairs in advance of the meeting.
The seminar will feature approximately 10 talks and 2 poster sessions. All attendees are expected to actively participate in the GRS, either by giving an oral presentation or presenting a poster. Therefore, all applications must include an abstract.
The seminar chair will select speakers from abstracts submitted by February 22, 2021. Those applicants who are not chosen for talks and those who apply after the deadline to be considered for an oral presentation will be expected to present a poster. In order to participate, you must submit an application by the date indicated in the Application Information section above.
Gordon Research Seminars are 2-day meetings which take place on the Saturday and Sunday just prior to the start of the associated GRC. The GRS opens with a 1-hour introductory session on Saturday afternoon, followed by a poster session, dinner and a 2-hour session in the evening. Sunday morning begins with breakfast and is followed by another 2-hour session, a second poster session, and lunch. A final 1-hour session takes place just after lunch, and the associated GRC begins later that evening.