Mathematical Oncology: how mathematics helps to understand and fight cancer – Birmingham Popular Maths Lecture

Watson Building - Lecture Theatre A (R15 on campus map)
Wednesday 30 January 2019 (19:00-20:00)

Eleanor Mestel, Outreach and Schools Liaison Officer

A Birmingham Popular Maths Lecture from Dr Fabian Spill

Biology and Medicine are currently undergoing a quantitative revolution. New technologies enable researchers to gather unprecedented amounts of quantitative data. For instance, we can encode the genetic mutations of cancer.  We can also quantify how individual cancer cells react to different treatments in dependence on the different organs affected organs.

Mathematical models are being developed to understand the enormous amount of data. These can help to address basic research questions as well as to inform clinical decisions. For instance, the models can predict how fast tumours grow and spread, how cancer cells behave in different environments (e.g. in different organs), or how tumours react to different drugs. Mathematical oncology is thus a new field of research that drives the development of new mathematical models and methods to revolutionise cancer research.


The Birmingham Popular Maths Lecture series runs in the Watson Building (School of Mathematics) on the last Wednesday of each month, arriving from 6.30pm onwards for a 7pm start.

The Birmingham Popular Mathematics Lectures are open to all members of the public and the University who are interested in the study of Mathematics. They are particularly suitable for those studying Mathematics at A Level and we also welcome advanced GCSE students. Young people are welcome on their own, with parents or with a school group.

Registration is not required, though those travelling in a minibus should get in touch to confirm parking.

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