Math Colloquium @ Bryn Mawr: "Using mathematics to design cancer vaccines"Math Colloquium @ Bryn Mawr: "Using mathematics to design cancer vaccines"http://www.haverford.edu/calendar/details/221131Bryn Mawr. Park Science 328.2012-11-19T16:00:002012-11-19T17:00:00
November 19, 4:00PM–5:00PM
Bryn Mawr. Park Science 328.
Ami Radunskaya (Pomona College). Park Science 328.
Bi-College Math Colloquium
"Using mathematics to design cancer vaccines"
Ami Radunskaya Pomona College.
Monday, November 19, 2012
Talk at 4:00 – Park 328
Tea at 3:30 – Park 355 (Math Lounge)
"How much?", "How often?", "Where?" The answers to these three questions are crucial in the design of cancer vaccines: treatments designed to trigger an improved immune response to an existing tumor. Mathematical models that describe tumor growth in tissue, the immune response, and the administration of different therapies can suggest treatment strategies that optimize treatment efficacy and minimize negative side-effects. However, the inherent complexity of the immune system and the spatial heterogeneity of human tissue gives rise to mathematical models that pose unique challenges for the mathematician. In this talk I will describe some of theses mathematical challenges as well as our approaches to overcoming them.
This talk is intended for a general audience: no knowledge of biology will be assumed.
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