Discovery Park center plans workshop to bring together cancer researchers, physicians

November 25, 2013  

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue University's Oncological Sciences Center next week is bringing researchers together for a workshop focused on physical sciences, engineering and cancer.

All faculty, postdoctoral students and undergraduate and graduate students interested in learning about fundamental questions in oncology and how they relate to Purdue technologies are encouraged to attend. The Physical Sciences, Engineering & Cancer Workshop, which is free, is from 1-4:30 p.m. Dec. 6 in the Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship, Room 121.

"The goal of the event is to bridge the researchers at both institutes and to explore the potential and opportunities for collaborations," said Luanne Bermel, managing director of the Purdue Women's Global Health Institute and the Oncological Sciences Center at Discovery Park.

With five oncology clinicians from the Indiana University Simon Cancer Center, key questions raised by scientists and engineers at Purdue will be answered from varying perspectives. Drs. Leslie Anne Fecher, Shadia Jalal, Daniela Matei, Bert O'Neil and Safi Shahda each will spend 10 minutes addressing key issues and follow up with five minutes of Q&A.

The key questions to be addressed include:

* Are you faced with bottlenecks that "new" technologies might be able to remove? What are the bottlenecks?

* What information would you need to know about a patient, but don't know of a technology to obtain the information?

* What current experimental technologies in clinical research seem inadequate and need improvement?

* Which biological/medical problems can benefit from detection and analysis of both whole cells and molecular markers isolated from the same sample?

Following the presentations, Purdue physical sciences and engineering faculty will have the opportunity to showcase their cancer-related research and technology at a poster session. 

The poster session is designed to promote collaborations to address the fundamental clinical issues. Faculty members must register by Saturday (Nov. 30) to reserve a poster board. To register, email Kristine Swank, operations manager of the Oncological Sciences Center, at

The Oncological Sciences Center, created through a gift from The Lilly Endowment in 2005, is the Discovery Park arm of the Purdue University Center for Cancer Research. It builds on existing research areas and is expanding Purdue's thrust into nanotechnology, community discovery clinical trials, and cancer care and prevention. 

Writers: Brooke Fruits, 260-927-4371,

Phillip Fiorini, 765-496-3133,

Sources: Luanne Bermel, 765-496-9316,

Kristine Swank, 765-494-4674,

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