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Call for papers – Precision Oncology

We are pleased to announce a new cross-journal thematic series on ‘Precision Oncology’ across a number of BMC journals within the oncology portfolio to help bring together the latest research on precision oncology.
The thematic series is now open for submission of original research and review articles (click on image or link for more information).

The future of cancer research points to machine learning!

On 30 January, Stand Up To Cancer, Cancer Convergence executive advisory editor and IAS's Arnie Levine, and Microsoft Research's Jennifer Chayes, introduced an $11M research program that brings together the clinical investigation of the immune system and the computing power of Microsoft's machine learning. Multidisciplinary teams (one of which with the collaboration of Editor-in-Chief David T. Ting) will examine variations in immune system response to an array of cancers to better understand the mechanisms of how immunotherapies work and find new treatments. 

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Springer Nature Oncology Portfolio

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Discover the range of academic oncology titles at Springer Nature here.


  1. Authors: Krastan B. Blagoev, David T. Ting, Herbert Levine, Yvonne Saenger, Thea D. Tlsty and Bo Sun

  2. Authors: Dongya Jia, Mohit Kumar Jolly, Satyendra C. Tripathi, Petra Den Hollander, Bin Huang, Mingyang Lu, Muge Celiktas, Esmeralda Ramirez-Peña, Eshel Ben-Jacob, José N. Onuchic, Samir M. Hanash, Sendurai A. Mani and Herbert Levine

About the Editors-in-Chief

Krastan B. Blagoev, PhD
Dr. Blagoev is the Director for the Physics of Living Systems Program in the Division of Physics of the National Science Foundation and an Adjunct Research Scientist at the Department of Biophysics at Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Blagoev's research interests range from cancer progression to clinical trials and organismal aging. Read more

Dr. Blagoev talks about the founding of Cancer Convergence in an interview for the SpringerOpen blog.

David T. Ting, MD
Dr. Ting is Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and a medical oncologist with focus on gastrointestinal malignancies at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Cancer Center. Dr. Ting’s laboratory utilizes RNA-sequencing and RNA in situ hybridization technologies for pancreatic cancer theranostics. Read more

Robert Austin: Cancer biology still needs physicists

In a recent comment in the journal Nature, Editorial Board member Robert Austin penned a compelling case for more collaboration between the traditional cancer community and physical oncologists, proposing that "game theory and the role of physical forces could lead to better treatments for cancer."

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Work of convergence team highlighted in the Wall Street Journal

Find out how the joint research of a team of physicists and physicians that includes Cancer Convergence Editor-in-Chief David T. Ting sets out to tackle pancreatic cancer treatment and learn the details of their upcoming clinical trial. 

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Aims and scope

The fundamental and interdependent processes responsible for cancer initiation, tumor progression, and the response to treatment pose challenges that call for multidisciplinary efforts. It is increasingly recognized that no single scientific discipline currently possesses the experimental and conceptual tools needed to address all components of this exceedingly complex and heterogeneous disease process. Cancer Convergence creates a single platform to bring together techniques and synergistic perspectives from different disciplines to facilitate the study and development of strategies for curing cancer. This new journal connects researchers from the physical and mathematical sciences and engineering, who bring quantitative approaches, new questions, and testable hypotheses to the study of cancer, with cancer biologists and research oncologists who represent a long tradition of progress toward understanding the emergence and pathogenesis of the disease. As a platform for collaboration, Cancer Convergence welcomes both qualitative and quantitative approaches that offer new insight into the etiology, mechanisms, diagnosis, or treatment of cancer.

Multifaceted physical, chemical, and biological processes maintain homeostasis in animals, and failure of this intricate process often leads to the development of cancer. Therefore, Cancer Convergence welcomes papers from researchers interested in tissue, organ, and systems maintenance where disruption may be a causal agent of cancer. Overall, the journal aims at understanding the principles that operate during normal function of a complex animal body and their relationship to the cancer processes that govern failure at the cellular, tissue, organ, and systems level. While significant advances have been made in cancer research and treatment, a more interdisciplinary approach is needed to achieve a comprehensive understanding of the disease leading to improved diagnostic and treatment strategies.

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