The Physical Sciences Oncology Program
The PS-OC program was started in 2009. The overall goal is to accelerate our understanding of cancer by bringing together cancer biologists and clinicians with people they might never otherwise work with, such as physicists, chemists, and mathematicians. The fundamental notion is that 'game-changing' ideas tend to be born when people from different backgrounds begin to work together on problems of common interest.
Beyond seeking to drive innovation, there are tools and methods from the physical sciences which may be of utility to the cancer biology community. For example, as cancer genome data accumulates and the number of cancer-related publications grows past one million, it is possible that algorithms and big-data tools from the physical and computer sciences may help the cancer community to integrate data from various sources. The main PS-OC website describes the program and its current activities in detail.