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UNB Biology Seminar Series presents Dr. Frédéric Thomas

Author: Joshua Evans

Posted on Oct 23, 2019

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Dr. Frédéric Thomas (Research Director of CNRS, Infectious Diseases and Vectors: Ecology, Genetics, Evolution and Control; Montpellier, France) will be visiting the Fredericton campus on Friday, Oct. 25 at 3 p.m. in Bailey Hall, 146 to present a seminar titled, "An evolutionary and ecological perspective on cancer."

Seminar Abstract: Although medical and evolutionary sciences have traditionally developed in relative isolation it is increasingly acknowledged that cancer is a process that is shaped by Darwinian evolution. In my talk, I will first present briefly when cancer appears during the story of life and why it is mainly an evolutionary problem. Then, in order to stimulate the discussion, I will present different research directions that are currently explored by evolutionary biologists. Among them: Why are certain cancers transmissible? Why are certain species or organs more
vulnerable than others to cancer? What is the evolutionary meaning of phenotype changes in
tumour-bearing individuals? Do we have an evolved dependence to cancer? What is adaptive
therapy? I will finish my presentation by arguing that the traditional separation between
medicine and evolutionary ecology remains a fundamental limitation that needs to be
overcome if complex processes, like oncogenesis, are to be completely understood.

Snacks and hot beverages are provided! If you would like to meet Dr. Thomas on Friday morning, please contact Dr. Aurora Nedelcu ( to organize a time.

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