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Despite decades of research, cancer remains a major killer worldwide. So could progress in understanding and controlling malignancy be made by scientists from outside the established cancer research community? That fresh approach is behind a new research center at ASU – one of 12 physical sciences/oncology centers nationwide established by the National Institutes of Health’s National Cancer Institute. Each center is committed to using insights from the physical sciences and engineering to bring a radical new approach to cancer research with the goal of developing new methods of arresting tumor growth and combating metastasis.
The Center for Convergence of Physical Science and Cancer Biology at ASU is directed by Regents' Professor Paul Davies and receives funding from a five-year proposal to tackle the root causes of cancer on a conceptual level by asking questions such as:
The research is complemented by an outreach program under the direction of Pauline Davies, Professor of Practice in the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication. Outreach includes public lectures and debates, seminars for scientists and oncologists, broadcast-quality edited podcasts, and webcasts of lectures and workshops.