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Computational Chemistry and Biochemistry Group to co-arrange cancer conference

The conference A quantitative perspective on cancer, planned for 2018, will be funded by the Nordic Institute for Theoretical Physics.

Nordita – the Nordic Institute for Theoretical Physics – has decided to fund a new edition of the conference A quantitative perspective on cancer. The conference will take place at Nordita in Stockholm in 2018; the final date has not been decided yet. For more information and/or to notify your participation, please contact associate professor Ran Friedman, head of the research group Computational Chemistry and Biochemistry Group and one of the organisers of the conference.


  • Ran Friedman, Computational Chemistry and Biochemistry Group, Linnaeus University, Sweden
  • Merja Heinäniemi, University of Eastern Finland
  • Yuval Kluger, Yale University, USA
  • Marcus Ringnér, SciLifeLab, Stockholm/Uppsala, Sweden

Scope of the meeting

From a clinical point of view, cancer is a devastating disease. From the point of view of theoretical physics, it is fascinating. Cancer progression involves cells changing shape, cells that migrate under constraints imposed by the human body, flow of blood and cells, and changing of the physical characteristics of a human tissue, to give just a few examples. Moreover, some aspects of cancer development, such as population genetics, are well routed within subfields of theoretical physics.

In this conference, we will host world-renown experts in cancer research who will present their views of fundamental problems that limit our understanding of cancer (and where theoretical physics might be helpful). In addition, leading physicists and theoretically-oriented scientists from related fields will discuss theory and modelling applied to cancer research.