Date: October 29 - November 3, 2017
Location: Moffitt Cancer Center, 12902 USF Magnolia Drive, Tampa, FL 33612
The 7th Integrated Mathematical Oncology (IMO) workshop at the Moffitt Cancer Center, fully supported by the Moffitt Physical Sciences Oncology Center (Moffitt PSOC) and part of the greater Physical Sciences Oncology Network (PS-ON) supported by the National Cancer Institute (NCI), is designed to motivate and facilitate a hands-on modeling experience focused on the role of stroma in tumor progresion and treatment. The workshop is comprised of both an educational event and competition and divides participants into multiple teams combining clinical, experimental and theoretical members. These teams integrate their energies to develop and implement a mathematical model focussed on the role of stroma in cancer progression and treatment . The teams are expected to come up with a model, solve it and give a presentation all within 4.5 intense days.
Mehdi Damaghi, PhD (co-leader Team Orange), during group presentations, IMO Workshop 2017
Annual PSOC Interdisciplinary, Interactive WORKshop
The PSOC Annual Workshop divides participants into small teams (10-15 members each) integrating clinical, biomedical and data scientists that will focus their energies on developing PI-motivated specific mathematical model modules that will accelerate the translation of basic science projects into clinical trials. Although the primary thrust of the workshop is the interdisciplinary training aspect, the workshops and teams may ultimately become think tanks for new clinical trials. The first day of the workshop is dedicated to introductory presentations for each team and the morning of the final day is dedicated to presentations and judging.
Within each team, the clinician scientists will present and educate the group about disease specific clinical presentation and treatment options they are interested in and problems they face; biologists share their knowledge and experimental expertise that can be applied to understand the biology behind the clinical problems; and physicists and mathematicians educate the team about appropriate quantitative methods that can be deployed to decipher the mechanistic underpinnings of the disease dynamics and lead the model implementation and solution. The teams are expected to develop a quantitative model, find appropriate literature and estimates for parameter values, solve the model and give a scientific presentation to all workshop participants within 4.5 intense days.
The learning objectives of the workshop include:
to introduce quantitative concepts and the contribution of physical sciences in oncology to the next generation of cancer biologists and clinicians
to teach fundamental cancer biology to quantitative scientists
to develop novel quantitative models fully integrating physical and oncological sciences to accelerate the translation of promising basic science projects into clinical trials
to learn as interdisciplinary teams how to synergize knowledge to concisely define a project, study the background and significance of that project, define applicable techniques to answer a posed question, and prepare the central hypothesis and specific aims for a competitive grant proposal – all under the mentorship of eminent researchers and passionate educators
to learn to present and defend a scientific project proposal in front of peers and a jury of scientific leaders and patients, who will jointly award a Moffitt-funded pilot grant to the most integrated team and most promising project proposal.