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Symposium on Evolution and Cancer

Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown, 24th June 2014 - Room 21.15, 2nd floor

  1. 17.6.2014

    14:30 Somatic evolution in neoplastic progression and therapeutic resistance
    Carlo C. Maley, Ph.D.
    Center for Evolution and Cancer,
    University of California, San Francisco, USA

    15:30 Coffee break

    16:00 Cancer and the evolution of somatic cheating
    C. Athena Aktipis, PhD 
    Center for Evolution and Cancer,
    University of California, San Francisco, USA

    17:00 Round table: Applications of evolutionary biology to cancer research and treatment. Is this a new paradigm?
    Carlo C. Maley, PhD - Center for Evolution and Cancer
    C. Athena Aktipis, PhD - Center for Evolution and Cancer
    António Parreira, MD, PhD - Fundação Champalimaud
    Miguel G. Ferreira, PhD - Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência
    Sérgio Dias, PhD - Instituto Medicina Molecular
    Moderator: Patrícia H. Brito, PhD - Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência, Faculdade de Ciências Médicas, UNL

    Main speakers

    Carlo C. Maley, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Surgery, a member of the Thoracic Oncology Program and a Principal Investigator in the Thoracic Oncology Lab and Maley Lab. Dr. Maley is also the leader of the new Center for Evolution and Cancer at The UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer, University of California, San Francisco, USA.

    Dr. Maley is interested in the evolution of cancer, both at the level of cells evolving in neoplasms and at the level of the effects of cancer as a selective pressure on multicellular organisms. The Maley Laboratory studies the evolution of clones during neoplastic progression of Barrett's esophagus as well as the selective effects of therapy in acute myeloid leukemia (AML) and esophageal adenocarcinoma. It is also developing the comparative biology of cancer to determine how large, long-lived organisms like whales are able to suppress cancer 1000-fold better than humans.

    Athena Aktipis is the Director of Human and Social Evolution and co-founder of the Center for Evolution and Cancer at the University of California, San Francisco, and a Research Professor in the Psychology Department at Arizona State University. She is a theoretical evolutionary biologist, cancer biologist and cooperation theorist who now works at the intersection of these fields. Dr. Aktipis is the author of the forthcoming book from Princeton University Press "Evolution in the flesh: Cancer and the transformation of life."


    Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown

    Room 21.15 - 2nd Floor

    Entrance is free and subject to availability. Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

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