The Maths + Cancer podcast explores the extraordinary and unexpected ways mathematics and statistics is being applied to cancer research across Oxford and beyond.
The podcast host, Vicky Neale, is the Whitehead Lecturer here in the Mathematical Institute and Supernumerary Fellow at Balliol College. This podcast series is both a personal and professional endeavour for Vicky.
Since March 2021, Vicky has been receiving treatment for a rare form of cancer, prompting her to discover more about how her colleagues in the mathematical community are contributing to cancer research – from prevention, through to diagnosis and treatment.
Throughout the series she will talk to a range of experts to find out more about the role of mathematics and statistics in cancer research, as well as to discover more about the people behind the work.
In the episodes, she will discuss the relevance of maths to cancer with Philip Maini and explore the importance of the communication of risk with David Spiegelhalter. She’ll also be chatting with medical physicist Tom Whyntie about the role of mathematics in medical imaging and cancer treatment, and seeing how numbers might not tell the whole story with Hannah Fry. In the fifth episode Vicky talks to mathematical biologist Helen Byrne about how modelling can provide predictive tools for growth and response to treatment of solid tumours and in the final episode of the series fellow mathematical biologist Heather Harrington explains how the maths is responding to the increasing complexity of the medical data. You can listen to all the podcasts via the links below.
The Maths + Cancer series is part of Cancer at Oxford which brings together the vast range of work that is being done in the University to increase our understanding of the many diseases that comprise cancer. You can find out more details about the podcast series here.
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