• LEVERAGING EVOLUTIONARY THEORY TO UNDERSTAND AND TREAT CANCER

    A new scientific society seeking a deeper understanding of cancer's fundamental dynamics

  • Mission Statement

    The mission of the International Society for Evolution, Ecology and Cancer is to advance cancer research and clinical management by employing evolutionary, comparative and ecological approaches and principles to cancer biology, prevention, and treatment. By bringing together cancer biologists, evolutionary biologists, ecologists, quantitative modelers, bioinformaticians and clinicians, the society seeks to enable collaboration at the interface of these fields, the exchange of research findings, novel methodologies and theoretical frameworks across disciplines. ISEEC supports education and outreach efforts to train the next generation of scientists in the evolution and ecology of cancer, as well as engaging the public in fundamental questions about the nature and evolutionary origins of cancer.

  • Previous iSEEC Events and initiatives

    Supporting Conferences and Eduction in Evolutionary, Ecological and comparative approaches to cancer biology and clinical management

    iseec 2017 conference, asu

    Resistance, Resilience and Robustness

    December 7-10, 2017

    ASU and Tempe Mission Palms

     

    Can we target cancer's evolutionary and ecological nature?


    Many biological systems are resilient to shocks, having the ability to return to a previous state following a disturbance. In the case of cancer, this resilience presents a clinical problem of therapeutic resistance. The theme of this year's ISEEC conference is "Resistance, Resilience
    and Robustness" and will focus on the evolutionary and ecological processes underlying cancer. During cancer progression and treatment, cancer has the capacity to exhibit resistance, resilience and robustness. Further, organisms have evolved defenses against cancer that increase the robustness of bodies to mutations and other perturbations that can increase cancer susceptibility. Considering the cancer and cancer defenses through the lens of resilience and resistance can help identify challenges and opportunities in cancer therapy and new horizons for cancer prevention. ISEEC welcomes scientists from different disciplines, including but not limited to oncology, cell biology, evolutionary biology and mathematics.

     

    This conference was supported in part by the Biodesign Institute at ASU, the Mayo Clinic, Genentech - A Member of the Roche group, and the Beyond Center at ASU.

     

    You can download the conference program here and the conference poster here. The Storify capture of the event can be accessed here.

     

    The ASU Now coverage of the conference is now available here.

     

     

     

     

     

    ISEEC 2017 Conference, asu

    Resistance, Resilience and Robustness

    December 7-10, 2017

    ASU and Tempe Mission Palms

    Selected video recorded talks are available below.

    Plenaries

    Grazyna Jasienska, Evolution of Female Reproduction and Breast Cancer: It Was Never About the 3 Rs; to watch the video of the talk click here

    Pablo Marquet, Diversity, Transitions and Robustness in Cancer Ecosystems; to watch the video of the talk click here
    Jake Scott, Learning and Perturbing the Evolutionary Mechanisms Driving Therapeutic Resistance in Cancer; to watch the video of the talk click here

    Bruce Tabashnik, Insect Resistance to Transgenic Crops: Lessons From the First Billion Acres; to watch the video of the talk click here

     

    Talks

    Ahmet Acar, Quantitative Measurements of Treatment Resistance in Non-Small Cell Cancer; to watch the video of the talk click here

    Rob Noble, Spatial Competition Constrains Resistance to Targeted Cancer Therapy; to watch the video of the talk click here

    Jeffrey Chuang, Evolutionary Dynamics of Response to Chemotherapies in Breast Cancer Xenografts; to watch the video of the talk click here

    Benjamin Werner, Forecasting Resistance Evolution in Cancer From Liquid Biopsies; to watch the video of the talk click here

    Nara Yoon, Optimal Chemotherapy Scheduling Based on a Pair of Collaterally Sensitive Drugs; to watch the video of the talk​ click here

    Andriy Marusyk, Acquired Resistance to Targeted Therapies Evolves Through Gradual, Therapy-Directed Trajectories; to watch the video of the talk​ click here

    David Basanta, Define the Bone Ecosystem: Homeostasis in Bone Metastasis; to watch the video of the talk​ click here

    Weini Huang, Exploring the Evolutionary Mechanisms of Spatial Heterogeneity in Tumour samples; to watch the video of the talk​ click here

    Dominik Wodarz, Feedback Regulation in Cancer: Evolutionary Dynamics and Treatment; to watch the video of the talk​ click here

    July 11-15, 2016

    Wellcome Genome Campus

    Evolution and ecology are fundamental to both the understanding and clinical control of neoplasms. This summer school will provide an introduction to the basics of cancer evolution and ecology for both cancer biologists and evolutionary biologists. The summer school is aimed at early career scientists, including post-graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and new principle investigators. This summer school will provide cancer biologists with the relevant tools and theory from evolution and ecology. It will also provide evolutionary biologists and ecologists an introduction to cancer biology and demonstration of how their theories and tools can be applied to cancer.

     

    This summer school is supported by the Centre for Evolution and Cancer at the Institute of Cancer Research in London, the Wellcome Trust and the International Society for Evolution, Ecology and Cancer. This next summer school will be held in 2018.

     

    Read Revolutionary biology: Evolutionary biology and ecology of cancer summer school supports a growing field to learn about the 2016 summer school.

     

     

     

    Evolutionary Tradeoffs and Clinical Consequences

    December 10-13, 2015

    Mission Bay Conference Center, UCSF

    Tradeoffs are pervasive in biological systems, and the evolutionary dynamics underlying cancer are no exception. The Third International Biannual Evolution and Cancer Conference (IBECC2015) explores the ways in which tradeoffs have shaped the evolution of cancer suppression systems and the role of tradeoffs in the progression of tumors from benign to malignant. A consideration of evolutionary tradeoffs can also help us to identify challenges and opportunities in cancer therapy and new horizons for cancer prevention. We welcomed scientists from different disciplines, including but not limited to oncology, cell biology, evolutionary biology and mathematics.

     

    This conference was supported in part by the Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center at UCSF, the Center for Evolution and Cancer at UCSF and the Biodesign Institute at ASU. Download the official conference poster here.

  • Society Information

    Find out more about ISEEC

    Interim officers

    ISEEC elections will be held in the 2017 calendar year

    • Interim President: Michael Hochberg
    • Interim Vice President: Mel Greaves
    • Interim Treasurer: Leonard Nunney
    • Interim Secretary: Aurora Nedelcu

    Committees

    ISEEC committees are now forming to help support the mission of the society

    • Conference Planning Chairs: Athena Aktipis & Carlo Maley
    • Membership Chair: Athena Aktipis
    • Fundraising Chair: TBD
    • Education and Outreach Chair: Pamela Winfrey
    • Society Bylaws Chair: Aurora Nedelcu
    • Awards Chair: Amy Boddy
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