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Welcome to the registration page for the 7th Integrated Mathematical Oncology (IMO) workshop at the Moffitt Cancer Center. Now in its 7th year we are fully supported by the Moffitt Physical Sciences Oncology Center (Moffitt PSOC). The Moffitt PSOC is part of the greater Physical Sciences Oncology Network (PS-ON) supported by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The IMO workshop 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.


As always we will have several independent judges to view both the specific aims and the closing presentations to decide the winning team. To facilitate integration and motivate participation we are offering an Amazon gift voucher to active participants of the winning team and to the runner up team. In addition, to facilitate further development of the winning project we are offering a $50K pilot grant to the leaders of the winning team.


As with last years workshop there will be a "speed dating for scientists" to break the ice among diverse group of participants on the 29th. The opening presentation on the 30th will summarise what is expected of the teams and serve to motivate the subsequent hands on model development sessions. We plan to have an seperate poster session on the evening of the 30th to allow participants to showcase their own research. Participation in the workshop requires registration in order to generate the teams and give numbers for the food and beverages we are providing throughout the workshop. 


We are offering deluxe travel awards for external participation!!! Each award will cover flight + accommodation + meals for up to 6 nights and allow for both national and international scientists to participate in this unique hands on educational event. If you are either a PhD student, Postdoctoral student or junioir faculty with a passion for research and a desire to better understand cancer resistance as well as how to build integrated models then please apply during the registration process. Please note: the travel awards are extremely limited and will be offered on a competitive basis, application does not gaurantee participation. If you are able to cover your own expenses, please indicate this during the registration process.


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The stroma of an organ is not simply the extra cellular matrix that encapsulates it, but a complex milieu consisting of growth promoting and inhibiting factors, nutrients (including oxygen and glucose), chemokines, and importantly other cell types including (but not limited to) fibroblasts, immune cells, and endothelial cells. Transformation of the stroma during tumor development is now considered a key step the in the progression of many cancers and has recently been shown to also significantly impact how tumors respond to therapy. More specifically, the role of endothelial cells and the immune system in cancer development are fairly well established, but less is known about the function of host fibroblasts in this process. Most solid tumors present as dense fibrotic masses, which suggests that fibroblasts contribute to tumor growth by infiltrating and depositing extracellular matrix proteins. In addition, the phenotype of fibroblasts found within and around tumors (activated fibroblasts or cancer associated fibroblasts) is different to normal fibroblasts, and closely resembles myofibroblasts. Fibroblasts act in wound healing, angiogenesis and tissue remodeling by releasing growth factors and proteases such as matrix metalloproteinases. They also deposit matrix proteins such as laminin, tenascin and fibronectin. Therefore, if the growing tumor can co-opt such fibroblasts it has an unlimited source of many of the fundamental elements required for growth and invasion. This workshop will consider all aspects of the tumor-stromal dialogue in a range of cancers and treatments. More explicit details will follow.



Sunday, 6PM, 29th October 2017 - Friday 2PM, 3rd November 2017. 



Speed dating & Poster session: SRB Atrium, 6PM 29th October.

Intoductory presentation: SRB Murphey, 9AM 30th October.

Working group sessions: Various rooms, 30th October - 2nd November.

Closing presentations: SRB Murphey, 9AM 3rd November.


Chair and contact

The IMO Workshop is chaired and organized by the IMO Department Chair, Sandy Anderson. For more information concerning participation or about the workshop in general please contact IMO Department Asisstant Danae Paris directly at Danae Paris.

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Tampa, FL 33612


Moffitt Cancer Center, Integrated Mathematical Oncology

The primary goal of Integrated Mathematical Oncology Department, at the Moffitt Cancer Center, is the integration of theoretical and computational modeling tools into clinical and experimental cancer research to aid in both the core understanding of cancer processes and the mechanisms that drive them.

By using a range of mathematical modeling approaches targeted at specific types of cancer we will aid in the development and testing of treatment strategies. This multi-model, multi-scale approach allows for a diverse and rich interdisciplinary environment that will create many novel approaches for the treatment and understanding cancer. 

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