PhD student Lee Curtin has been awarded a travel grant to attend the 6th Integrated Mathematical Oncology workshop at the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida, USA. The workshop is focused on cancers that develop resistance to therapy, a major issue in cancer therapy today. Participants will be divided into small competing groups to create, solve and present a mathematical model within a week. The winning team will receive a $50,000 pilot grant to realise their proposed research.
Lee is a PhD student in the School of Mathematical Sciences under the supervision of Professor Markus Owen and Dr Kris van der Zee working on mathematical modelling and simulation of brain tumour growth and therapy. The group collaborates closely with colleagues in the University of Nottingham Medical School and the Children’s Brain Tumour Research Centre. Lee said "I work on a very aggressive brain tumour that quickly develops resistance to therapy. As this workshop is focused on resistance, I’m hopeful that it will help in my own research."
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