Darwin Lecture 2020 — Cancer Evolution: From Cells to Species and Back

Prof. Michael Hochberg will provide an overview of how evolution shapes cancer over multiple biological levels, from cells to species

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ONLINE EVENING LECTURE 18:00–19:00 Thursday 12 November 2020

Copyright: NCSU
Copyright: NCSU

This event is in association with the Royal Society of Medicine.

Cancer is one of the leading causes of human mortality. Recent study has shown the ubiquity of cancer across the tree of life and sought to explain why cancer is so prevalent in some species, but virtually absent in others. Prof. Michael Hochberg will provide an overview of how evolution shapes cancer over multiple biological levels, from cells to species. He will present both theory and empirical findings that elucidate the contributions of selection and environment to patterns in some of the best studied mammals, including humans. Prof. Hochberg will also show how cancer-mediated selection may occur at other biological levels and, in particular, may have influenced the structure of organ systems in our bodies. Finally, he will review how evolution not only characterizes tumour growth, but may also be harnessed in anti-cancer therapies.


Prof. Michael Hochberg
Prof. Michael Hochberg

Prof. Hochberg is Distinguished Research Director with the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique and based at the University of Montpellier, France. He uses mathematical models and experiments to unravel complex ecological interactions and their evolution at scales from cells to societies. His main line of research seeks to understand how environments influence diseases, particularly those associated with bacteria and viruses, and cancers. Although most of his work is fundamental science, he has a keen interest in applications and has published widely on phage therapy and novel approaches to cancer therapy. He has associate positions at the Santa Fe Institute and at the Institute for Advanced Study in Toulouse.




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