AWM-MAA Etta Z. Falconer Lecture 2006

Lecturer: Trachette Jackson, University of Michigan

Title: Cancer Modeling: from the classical to the Contemporary

Cancer is one of the leading causes of death in the world today, and an abundance of research is being conducted in order to better under- stand tumor development, to evolve existing cancer therapies, and to discover new approaches to combat the disease at the cellular and molecular levels. Mathematical modeling, aided by computational tools and combined with the experimental data, have the potential to facilitate a deeper and broader understanding of the cellular and molecular interactions associated with tumor initiation, progression, and treatment, and can guide experimental design and interpreta- tion. Many of the challenges cancer researchers are facing lie at the intersection of the mathematical and biomedical sciences and in this talk I will review the progress that has been made in modeling the various aspects of avascular and vascular tumor growth.