Exploring cancer from an evolutionary perspective

Last week, TriCEM hosted a Cancer & Evolution Catalysis Meeting that brought together 50 scientists and trainees from Duke, NCCU, NC State, UNC-Chapel Hill, and other organizations in the NC Triangle to explore cancer biology and treatment through the lens of evolution.

The event featured a keynote presentation by Carlo Maley, Associate Professor in the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University and Director of the Arizona Cancer Evolution Center, whose work applies evolutionary and ecological theory to neoplastic progression, therapeutic resistance, and cancer suppression in large, long-lived animals. Maley’s presentation was followed by a series of short flash talks from Jason Somarelli and Will Eward (Duke), Corbin Jones (UNC-Chapel Hill), Tara Harrison (NC State), Marc Ryser (Duke), Shelley Hwang (Duke), and Tomi Akinyemiju (Duke) on topics as diverse as metastasis, drug resistance, One Health, and health disparities. These flash talks set the stage for breakout discussions that enabled networking opportunities and discussion of the frontiers in cancer and evolution research.

We enjoyed our first in-person event in over 2 years and are looking forward to more events like this in the near future!

Carlo Maley at the Cancer & Evolution Catalysis Meeting in March 2022