The relevance of maths to cancer with Professor Philip Maini

Episode 1,   Nov 04, 2022, 10:45 AM

What role does maths play in the prevention, detection and treatment of cancer?

In the first episode of the series, Vicky talks to Philip Maini, Director of the Wolfson Centre for Mathematical Biology and Professor of Mathematics at the University of Oxford.   

Here, they discuss how mathematical modelling can help researchers and doctors to improve the quality of life for people receiving cancer treatment.

Their conversation covers how mathematical modelling can be used in calculating tumour growth and treatment scenarios. They explore the application of modelling to treatment dosages and clinical trials, as well its importance in surgical approaches to tumour and tissue removal.

They also discuss Professor Maini's own career and extensive work mentoring students. Highlighting the collaborative nature of modelling in cancer research, Professor Maini indicates that this is an area where mathematics and science meet to ‘move the knowledge forward’.