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Linking Biomechanical Principles to Oncology

Increasing evidence indicates that the physical and mechanical environment can regulate cell behavior and tumor progression at a cellular level. It is likewise clear that many patients benefit from physical manipulation of connective tissue, but it is not clear what happens at the cellular and molecular level when these manipulations occur.

On Friday, November 11, Thomas Findley, professor of physical medicine at Rutgers University, New Jersey Medical School and associate member of the Cancer Institute of New Jersey, will explore this critical research and therapeutic topic in a presentation titled “Link Between Manual Therapy, Movement, Fascia and Cancer: Application of Biomechanical Principles to Oncology.” The NJIT community is invited to hear Findley speak beginning at 11:30 a.m. in Fenster Hall, Room 698.

Findley will highlight how a large disconnect exists between the cell and connective-tissue biology and integrative-medicine approaches. As such, consideration of physical sciences in oncology should be expanded to include the whole host and possible ways that integrative medicine might be deployed to determine whether we can safely impact tumor progression and the underlying biology with active and passive physical manipulation. The possibility is that active or passive mechanical forces applied away from the tumor itself may promote a healthy connective tissue environment that is inhospitable to cancer.

Findley’s presentation is sponsored by the NJIT Department of Biomedical Engineering and the Vetha Center for Transdisciplinary Studies.