Hello, and welcome to CICO!
The Consortium for Integrative Computational Oncology (CICO)--founded in 2012 with significant startup funding from the USC James H. Zumberge Research and Innovation Fund--seeks to develop and promote cross-disciplinary, integrative collaborations across the University of Southern California in clinically-oriented cancer modeling. Among our guiding principles:
- Computational modeling of cancer must be driven by clinical needs. Modelers need to work hand-in-hand with clinicians at all steps of the modeling process.
Computational oncology works at its fullest potential when working with clinical data. This focus:
- drives advances in mathematical model design,
- allows us to evaluate and choose between competing models,
- helps biologists to test, validate, and refine current cancer biology orthodoxy,
- helps clinicians to better interpret their data, and
- is most likely to lead to computational tools that will make an impact in the clinic.
- Integrative computational oncology holds the potential to integrate advances from mathematical modeling, experiments, and clinical data into comprehensive tools that give a better understanding of cancer than any of these individual pieces alone.
- Integrative computational oncology must include student education at its core, to create a true "ecosystem" of clinically-focused modeling students from the undergraduate to postdoctoral level.