January 17, 2019

Thematic Program on Mathematical and Quantitative Oncology
July -August 2008

Vanderbilt Integrative Cancer Biology Center (VICBC)
August 2 - 6, 2008
Summer School on Integrative Cancer Biology
"Current Challenges in Oncology, through the Mathematical Looking Glass"
To be held at Fields Institute, Toronto, Canada

Organizing Committee
(Vanderbilt): A. Anderson, P. Crooke, L. Matrisian, L. Estrada, G. Webb and V. Quaranta
(Waterloo): M. Kohandel, S. Sivaloganathan

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Affiliated Activities
July 30-August 2, 2008 -- Society for Mathematical Biology (SMB) Conference

Coffee and refreshments will be provided.

Day1: Saturday August 2, 2008

12:00-1:00 pm
Lunch and
Welcome Remarks
Vito Quaranta, MD Professor
Department of Cancer Biology
Director, VICBC
Co-Director, Center for Matrix Biology
Vanderbilt School of Medicine, Nashville,

Siv Sivaloganathan, PhD
Professor, Department of Applied Mathematics, University of Waterloo,

1:00- 1:30 pm NCI ICBP

Dan Gallahan, PhD
Project Director
National Cancer Institute
Integrative Cancer Biology Program

1:30-3:00 pm

Session I:
Tumor Microenvironment

Richard P Hill, PhD
Senior Scientist OCI/PMH, Professor Department of Medical Biophysics,
University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Lei Xu, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Genetics, University of Rochester

Robert A. Gatenby, MD
Departments of Radiology and Applied Mathematics, University of Arizona

3:00-3:15 pm Break
3:15-4:45 pm Session II:
Cancer Stem Cells

Sheila K. Singh, MD PhD FRCSC
Scientist, McMaster Stem Cell and Cancer Research Institute (SCC-RI)
Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery, Division of Neurosurgery,
Faculty of Health Sciences, McMaster University

Gabriela Dontu, MD, PhD
Research Assistant Professor, Internal Medicine-Hematology/Oncology
University of Michigan Medical School

Natalia Komarova, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Mathematics, University of California
Irvine, CA

4:45-5:00 pm Break
5:00-6:00 pm Hands-on Working Group Session  

Day 2: Sunday, August 3, 2008

8:30-9:00 am Coffee and light refreshments
9:00-10:30 am Session III:
Abhijit Guha MSc, MD, FRCS(C), FACS
Prof. Surgery (Neurosurgery), Western Hospital, Univ. of Toronto
Co- Dir. & Sr. Scientist: Arthur & Sonia Labatts Brain Tumor Center.,
Hospital for Sick Children, Univ. of Toronto
Alan & Susan Hudson Chair in Neurooncology
Bathurst St, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Dwayne Stupack, PhD
Assistant Adjunct Professor, Pathology
Tumor Growth, Invasion & Metastasis Program, University of California,
San Diego, Medical Center, Moores Cancer Center, San Diego, CA

Steven McDougall, PhD
Institute of Petroleum Engineering, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh,
Scotland, UK
10:30-10:45 am Break
10:45am -12:15 pm Session IV:
Multimodal Treatment Strategies

Michael F Milosevic
Associate Professor of Medicine
Department of Radiation Oncology University of Toronto, and
Radiation Medicine Program
Princess Margaret Hospital, Toronto

Yves Boucher, PhD
Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology, Massachusetts General Hospital; Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School,
Boston, MA

Mohammad Kohandel, PhD
Assistant Professor,
Department of Applied Mathematics,
University of Waterloo,
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

12:15-2:00 pm Lunch Break
2:00-5:00 pm Hands-on Working Group Session  
5:00-6:30 pm Dinner Break
6:30-9:00 pm

Hands-on Working Group Session

Day 3: Monday, August 4, 2008
8:30-9:00 am

Coffee and light refreshments

9:00-9:30 am Selected Talk I James Glazier, PhD
9:30-12:00 pm Hands-on Working Group Session  
12:00-1:15 pm Lunch Break
1:15 -3:30 pm Hands-on Working Group Session  
3:30 -3:45 pm Selected Talk II Heiko Enderling, PhD
3:45-4:00 pm Selected Talk III Haralambos Hatzikirou
4:00-6:00 pm Hands-on Working Group Session  
6:00-7:30 pm Dinner Break
7:30-9:00 pm Hands-on Working Group Session  
Day 4: Tuesday, August 5, 2008
8:30- 9:00 am

Coffee and light refreshments

9:00- 9:15 am Selected Talk IV Russell Rockne
9:15- 9:30 am Selected Talk V Rudy Gunawan
9:30 am -
12:00 pm
Hands-on Working Group Session  
12:00-1:15 pm Lunch Break
1:15-3:30 pm Hands-on Working Group Session  
3:30- 3:45 pm Selected Talk VI Moritz Gerstung
3:45-4:00 pm Selected Talk VII Rafael Meza, PhD
4:00-6:00 pm Hands-on Working Group Session  
6:00-7:30 pm Dinner Break
7:30-9:00 pm Hands-on Working Group Session  
Day 5: Wednesday, August 6, 2008
9:30-10:00 am

Coffee and light refreshments

10:00-10:30 am Working Group Report Presentation  
10:30-11:00 am Working Group Report Presentation  
11:00-11:30 am Working Group Report Presentation  
11:30 am -
12:00 pm
Working Group Report Presentation  
12:00-1:00 pm Lunch Break & Judging  
1:00-2:00 pm Award & Closing Remarks  
Of special interest: August 6-8, 2008
Coxeter Lecture Series
at Fields Institute
Martin Nowak,
Program for Evolutionary Dynamics, Harvard University

Housing for the Summer School

89 Chestnut Residence, University of Toronto
This residence is in the heart of downtown about 15 minuates walk to Fields. It used to be a downtown hotel and is now a UofT residence. This is a Non-Smoking facility. Rooms have a private bathroom but no TV is provided. Local calls are free but long-distance requires that you use your own calling card. Full payment required on check in and includes full buffet breakfast.

Ask indicate code rate when booking " VICBC "
Rates: $94 (one person) or $99 (two people) + %14 tax/ night includes full buffet breakfast. Weekly rates (minimum 7 night stay required) also available.

Call direct to 416-977-0707 ext. 0 or online at:

Online reservations (requires that you have cookies enabled)
NOTE: Enter dates and click on "corporate customer sign in here", it will then ask you if you have an approval code and you enter VICBC, create profile and then make reservation.

Alternate Housing and Hotels

Victoria University Residences

Rate for a single room is 59.50 plus 10% taxes per night. A full breakfast is included.
Room reservations can be made by calling residence services desk at 416-585-4524 or e-mail
Or visit: - summer accommodations for more information.


Apply to the Program:

Registration SPACE IS LIMITED! Pre-registration is required.(registration is now closed)

Modelling groups will be preassembled by the organizing committee however to ensure an interdisciplinary structure, please indicate when registering your primary area of expertise and your specialty/fields of study

All scientific events are open to the mathematical sciences community. Visitors who are interested in office space or funding are requested to apply by filling out the application form. Additional support is available (pending NSF funding) to support junior US visitors to this program. Fields scientific programs are devoted to research in the mathematical sciences, and enhanced graduate and post-doctoral training opportunities. Part of the mandate of the Institute is to broaden and enlarge the community, and to encourage the participation of women and members of visible minority groups in our scientific programs.

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