NBTS is presenting a series of conversations with experts in the systems biology field to help to better understand systems biology research, and how this approach applies to brain tumors. The first conversation in the series is with Dr. Gordon Mills, the Chairman of the Department of Systems Biology at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas.
Systems biology research tackles the complexities of the interconnections and interactions of the many components that make up any biologic system, including that of brain tumors. Taken to its ultimate, that is one whopping job; one that no individual research group or collaborative effort can tackle on its own. Systems biology research can be approached from a number of directions, and different systems biology experts have their own perspectives on it. We at the National Brain Tumor Society, along with our Scientific Advisory Council Chair, Dr. Oliver Bögler, have prepared a series of interviews with experts in the field in order to gain from their personal insights, points of view, and connections to systems biology research. They have shared with us their outlook on systems biology research in general, their professional work in the field, and their thoughts regarding the application of systems biology research to brain tumors.