Month: September 2011

Giving a talk at my alma mater

This is really exciting–I’ll be giving a talk at the weekly applied math seminar at the University of California at Irvine in November. (4:00 pm on November 21, 2011) This will be a fun homecoming, and I can’t wait to catch up with old friends (and potential collaborators)! Many thanks to John Lowengrub for the invitation!

Here is my current list of upcoming talks in 2011-2012:

  • September 30, 2011 (noon): Millind Tambe’s Teamcore group, University of Southern California (not a public talk)
  • October 17, 2011 (Session II): USC PSOC short course: “physical sciences approach to understanding cancer”, University of Southern California 
  • November 21, 2011 (4:00 pm): Applied Mathematics Seminar, Department of Mathematics, University of California at Irvine
  • Spring 2012: Mathematics Biology and Ecology Seminar, Centre for Mathematical Biology, University of Oxford (UK)
  • May 18, 2012: USC PSOC seminar, Center for Applied Molecular Medicine, University of Southern California

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Ramone’s Benefit at Hollywood Forever (Proceeds go to WCC and CAMM!)

David Agus sent word that there will be a special Halloween / Ramone’s Benefit for our cancer research center. The proceeds will benefit the Westside Cancer Center and the Center for Applied Molecular Medicine.

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Drop in if you’re in the Los Angeles area–it should be a lot of fun, and the proceeds will help our research towards patient-calibrated cancer modeling!

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ACP paper accepted

After a few years of work, our big DCIS paper has been accepted at Analytical Cell Pathology. I’ll post a preprint soon on the publications page. Major points: 

  • We used my agent model calibration technique, plus a volume-averaging upscaling to calibrate a simplified continuum model of DCIS growth in the breast. 
  • We used the steady-state approximation of the continuum model to estimate the DCIS volume.
  • We applied this technique to 17 cases and found a very good match in predicted vs. pathology volume in 14 of 17 cases. 
  • We also found that the model was a much better predictor of volume than mammographic estimates (although this can vary with how the mammography is processed).
  • We found that the mathematical theory predicted that a single variable A–a ratio of the apoptotic index, the proliferative index, and the estimated intraductal oxygenation–is a better predictor of tumor volume than grade, PI, or AI alone.  
The last finding is significant, because you can AI and PI from fairly standard immunohistochemical stains (cleaved Caspase-3 and Ki-67), and oxygenation can be estimated from histopathologic measurements of the viable rim size when comedonecrosis is present.  These things can likely be done on pre-operative biopsy tissue. 

In the long term, this could prove useful for improved surgical planning. Right now, second surgeries are required in 50% or more DCIS lumpectomies due to inadequate pre-surgical estimates of tumor shape and volume. 

More to come when I post the preprint tonight or tomorrow. 

Edit on Sept. 8, 2011 at 11:22 am PDT:

Preprint is now online:

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