Schedule May 06, 2009
Physics and Mathematics of Cancer Metastasis
Robijn Bruinsma, UCLA

The study of the initiation and progression of cancers has seen an active, and surprisingly successful involvement of mathematicians with cancer research. Simple statistical models have long been known to be able to account for the power-law age-specificity of cancer. Evolutionary theory, has now been shown to be able to predict the progression of certain cancers to metastasis. A third group of mathematical theories, the quasi-species models, is believed to account for the sensitivity of cancers to radiation. More recently, physicists have become involved in cancer research, developing continuum models to describe the onset of cancer metastasis. The talk will review the different physical and mathematical models of cancer metastasis in the context of the controversial Weinberg model for cancer metastasis.

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