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Oct 15-17th: International workshop on the Philosophy of Cancer Biology

15 October - 17 October

ImmunoConcEpT, the University of Bordeaux, the CNRS, and Thomas Pradeu’s ERC-funded project IDEM organize the :

International workshop on the Philosophy of Cancer Biology

in Bordeaux, France.

Further information, about this workshop, here.

Registration is free but mandatory:
Opening conference:

Hans Clevers (Hubrecht Institute, Netherlands), Stem Cell-based organoids in human disease

Invited speakers:

Marta Bertolaso (Universitá Campus Bio-Medico di Roma, Italy), Modeling cancer: how the explananda change in the research programs
Melinda Fagan (Department of Philosophy, University of Utah, USA), Mintz, teratocarcinoma, lineage tracingPierre-Luc Germain (University and ETH Zürich, Switzerland; European Institute of Oncology, Italy), Darwinian populations in (human) cancersSara Green (Section for History and Philosophy of Science, Department of Science Education, University of Copenhagen, Denmark), Demarcation problems in cancer research
Lucie Laplane (IHPST, CNRS & University Paris 1; Institut Gustave Roussy, France), Stemness in cancer
Michel Morange (Department of Biology & Department of Philosophy, Ecole normale supérieure de Paris, France), TBC
Anya Plutynski (Department of Philosophy, Washington University in St. Louis, USA), Is Cancer Due to Bad Luck?
Thomas Pradeu (ImmunoConcept, UMR5164, CNRS & University of Bordeaux; IHPST, CNRS & University Paris 1, France), Is cancer a breaking up of biological individuality?

Selected talks

  • Benjamin Chin-Yee & Ian Chin-Yee, Small Clones Meet Big Data: Dangerous Liaisons?
  • Jean Clairambault, Cancer as a default of coherence between tissues in metazoans: what mathematical models should be developed to help prediction prevention and treatment of cancer?
  • Marie Darasson & Elodie Giroux, Molecular classifications of cancers – where are we going?
  • Gregor Greslehner, Molecular cancer classification: a protein-based perspective
  • Katherine Liu, How Cancer Spreads: Modeling cancer as an infectious disease
  • Alison McConwell, Tracking Medical Interventions that Target Cancer Kinds
  • Sandrine de Montgolfier, How the integration of new technologies of sequencing in oncology services leads to confusion on origin of cancer, treatment strategy and prevention
  • Jacob Neal, How to Stop Worrying about Model Microfoundationality: Lessons from Multiscale Cancer Modeling
  • Raphael Scholl, Bridging the gap between population and individuals: Epistemic strategies in cancer biology
  • Anthony Smith, Dealing with Genetic Uncertainty: Variants of Uncertain Significance and Error


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