April 21, 2006

Vanderbilt to host NCI meeting

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Vanderbilt to host NCI meeting

Vanderbilt will welcome members of the National Cancer Institute's Integrative Cancer Biology Program (ICBP) April 30-May 2 for the group's steering committee meeting in downtown Nashville

The ICBP is a new program within the NCI, and focuses on the development and implementation of mathematical models of cancer processes. Researchers say the integration of experimental biology with mathematical modeling could result in new insights and approaches to cancer treatment.

Vito Quaranta, M.D., professor of Cancer Biology and director of the Vanderbilt Integrative Cancer Biology Center (VICBC), is also focused on the development of a mathematical model of cancer.

The VICBC involves a cross-disciplinary approach using data, experimental approaches and technologies from Cancer Biology, Biomathematics and Computation, Bioengineering, and Imaging Sciences.

For more information on Vanderbilt's program log on to: www.vanderbilt.edu/VICBC/.

For more information on the NCI program visit: www.icbp.nci.nih.gov.

The steering committee meeting will be held at the Doubletree Hotel April 30 to May 2, but is closed to general audiences.

The keynote address, however, is open and anyone interested in attending can e-mail Lourdes.estrada@vander-bilt.edu.

It will be delivered by Lloyd Treinish, Ph.D., a research staff member in the Advanced Computing Technology Center of the Deep Computing Systems Department at the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, N.Y. Treinish's most recent work focuses on systems, techniques, meteorology and applications of numerical weather prediction. His talk will take place on Sunday, April 30, at 5:45 p.m.