Cancer is a complex disease involving several intertwined phenomena
and events, which collude to unleash the tumor cells inherent
programs to proliferate, live, and move; thus, it is the malfunction of
the biomolecular machinery responsible for the “checks and balances”,
normally governed by various complex feedback loops among a population
of various cell types. Breakdown of this machinery leads to
uncontrolled growth of a cell population being selected by
evolutionary pressure that ultimately costs the very survival of the

Understanding the many intricacies of all these interactions at the
subcellular, cellular and tissue levels has greatly benefitted from
the ever-improving applications of algorithmic, statistical and
mathematical modeling tools. Moreover, during the past 15 years, new
measurement technology for gene expression and, more recently, “deep”
genome sequence data, have produced vast amount of data, waiting to
be analyzed to deliver new interpretations. The design of novel “wet”
experiments and appropriately matched algorithmic, statistical and
mathematical modeling tools are expected to become the key to
successful oncological science and practice.

The Workshop and School on Cancer Development and Complexity seeks to
convene researchers from various related disciplines to explore
multiple facets of the challenges posed by cancer a “disease of the
systems.” The workshop will provide opportunities for the researchers
to exchange new ideas and viewpoints, forge new collaborations and
train the next generation of young scientists.

Participants are encouraged to present their work in two sessions and
poster presentations that will be held during the workshop.

The program will provide an introduction to both cancer biology and
mathematical and statistical methods used in analyzing the datasets
currently being produced by several laboratories around the world.
Next the program will provide an opportunity to interact with world
renowned cancer and bioinformatics researchers and the chance for
attendees to present their current work.  Finally, all the attendees
will receive a certificate of completion of the School.

*** Speakers (confirmed)

* Alessandra Carbone, Laboratory of Computational and Quantitative
 Biology, Sorbonne Universite`, Paris, France
* Davide Cittaro, Ospedale San Raffaele, USA
* Sui Huang, Institute for Systems Biology, Seattle, USA
* Enzo Medico, IRCC Candiolo, Turin, Italy
* Laxmi Parida, IBM T.J. Watson Laboratory, Yorktown Heights, NY, USA
* Tamar Schlick, Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences and
 Dept. of Chemistry, New York University, New York, NY, USA
* Ioannis Tsamardinos, Computer Science Department, University of
 Crete, Greece

*** School Directors

* Marco Antoniotti, BIMIB, Dipartimento di Informatica, Sistemistica e
 Comunicazione, Università degli Studi di Milano Bicocca, Milan,
* Bud Mishra, Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, and Tandon
 School of Engineering, NYU, New York, NY, USA.

*** Local Organization

* Francesco Camporini (Fondazione Alessandro Volta)
* Alex Graudenzi (CNR)
* Davide Maspero (BIMIB e Istituto Nazionale dei Tumori)
* Giancarlo Mauri (BIMIB)

*** Steering Committee

* Marco Antoniotti, BIMIB, Dipartimento di Informatica,
 Sistemistica e Comunicazione, Università degli Studi di Milano
 Bicocca, Milan, Italy.
* Riccardo Bellazzi, Università degli Studi di Pavia, Pavia, Italy.
* Charles Cantor, Agena Biosciences, Sequenom, Retrotope and Boston
 University, USA.
* Alex Graudenzi, Innovation & Integration in Molecular Medicine
 Laboratory (INLAB), Institute of Molecular Bioimaging and Physiology
 of the Italian National Research Council (IBFM-CNR), Italy.
* Bud Mishra, Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, and Tandon
 School of Engineering, NYU, New York, NY, USA.
* Giulio Pavesi, Università degli Studi di Milano, Milan, Italy.
* Giovanni Porta, Università degli Studi dell’Insubria, Varese, Italy.

*** Institutions

* BIMIB, Dipartimento di Informatica, Sistemistica e Comunicazione,
 Università degli Studi di Milano Bicocca, Milan, Italy
* Fondazione “Alessandro Volta”, Como, Italy
* Lake Como School of Advanced Studies, Como, Italy

*** Venue

Villa del Grumello (

*** Registration

Registration fees include participation to the school, social events,
coffee breaks and school material.

Registration: 350.00 until March 1st, 2019; 400.00 EUR afterward and
on site. (*)
Daily, on site registration: 100 EUR (social dinner extra)

Registration site will open soon.

(*) Participants affiliated with the four Universities supporting the
Lake Como Schools (Milano Statale, Pavia, Milano Bicocca and Insubria)
qualify for a 320.00 EUR registration fee.

All fees include VAT.

*** Accommodations

A list of local hotels will be provided on the web site.

*** Web sites