Next UCMS Lecture: Mathematical Models of Leukemia, Cancer Stem Cells, and Drug Resistance

Posted on: March 6th, 2013 by Aaron Lauve

In this talk, the audience will learn how math and medicine are working together to treat Leukemia and watch out for cancer drug resistance.

Monday, March 11th

Speaker: Doron Levy (University of Maryland – Dept. of Math)

Title: Mathematical Models of Leukemia, Cancer Stem Cells, and Drug Resistance

Lecture: 4:30 p.m., Cuneo Hall 312

Meet the Speaker: 4:00 p.m., Cuneo Hall 312
w/ tea & cookies


Abstract:
Leukemia is a cancer of the blood that is characterized by an abnormal production of white blood cells.  The treatment of Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia (CML) was revolutionized over the past decade with the introduction of new molecular-targeted drugs. Unfortunately, these drugs keep many patients in remission but do not cure the disease.  In this talk we will describe our recent mathematical models of CML. We will also present our ideas of modeling the dynamics of cancer stem cells and their role in developing drug resistance. When combined with clinical and experimental data, our mathematical analysis provides new insights on how to approach treating CML. This is a joint work with Peter Kim, Cristian Tomasetti, and Peter Lee.

About the Speaker: Doron Levy is a professor of Mathematics at the University of Maryland, College Park.  He has a joint appointment at the Department of Mathematics and at the Center for Scientific Computation and Mathematical Modeling (CSCAMM).  Before moving to Maryland, Prof. Levy held positions at Stanford University, UC Berkeley, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, the University of Paris 6, and at the Ecole Normale Superieure Paris.

The research of Prof. Levy focuses on application of mathematics in biology and medicine.  In particular he has been interested in immunology, cancer dynamics, disease modeling, and cell motility.  In addition to his research interests, Prof. Levy has been involved in many aspects of math education.  He published over 70 research papers. He received many awards for his research and educational activities, including the keynote speaker at the American Mathematical Society’s briefing to the US Congress.

See also the recent interview NSF interview on his PLoS Computational Biology paper with Lee and Kim.

More Details: http://www.luc.edu/math/ucms/

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