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USC PSOC Short Course, Monday, October 17,2011

USC PSOC Short Course 2011

On behalf of the USC Physical Sciences in Oncology Center (PSOC), we would like to extend an invitation to your students, faculty and researchers, to attend our first annual short course focused on a physical sciences approach to understanding cancer.  The USC PSOC short course is scheduled for Monday, October 17, 2011 at the USC Davidson Conference Center, located at the main campus (3415 South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90089).  There is no cost to attend this short course.  However, registration is required and space is limited.


This is a fantastic opportunity to acquire a fundamental understanding of various disciplines and their relation to cancer.   As the day is meant to be significantly pedagogic to a diverse audience, our speakers/lecturers will be presenting their latest scientific results and providing significant background and highlighting emerging problems for the whole field.


This course is sponsored by our USC Physical Sciences in Oncology Center, which was selected by NCI/NIH as one of twelve PSOC research centers in the nation.  The overall goals of the center are to take new, non-traditional approaches to cancer research by studying the physical laws and principles of cancer; evolution and evolutionary theory of cancer; information coding, decoding, transfer and translation in cancer; and ways to de-convolute cancer’s complexity.   In addition, we have been charged to encourage widespread collaboration and to build a new generation of scientists to lead these transdisciplinary efforts.


The goals of the short course include bringing together students across diverse levels from undergraduates through faculty to:


1)      introduce attendees to potential collaborators and like-minded researchers spanning diverse disciplines

2)      introduce attendees to this emerging area of research, as well as to give a quick booster on important problems and perspectives

3)      stimulate discussion around novel approaches, based in the physical sciences to tackle significant problems in oncology


Topic areas include:


Session I – Cancer Biology and the Cancer Genome

Session II – The Physicist Perspective on Cancer

Session III – Novel Measurement Platforms & Data Management & Integration

Session IV – Creativity in Research at the Interface between Life and Physical Sciences


This is a full day event beginning at 8:00 a.m. and ending at 8:00 p.m.  Continental breakfast and lunch with be provided for registered attendees.  Additionally, we will have a reception and poster session in the evening from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.  For more information regarding this event, please contact Kristina Gerber at 323-442-3849 or Registration is now available at

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