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Call for Papers - Evolutionary Biology and Ecology of Cancer

Guest Editors:
David Basanta: Moffitt Cancer Center, USA
Ignacio González Bravo: CNRS Montpellier, France

Submission Status: Open   |   Submission Deadline: 9 January 2024

BMC Ecology and Evolution welcomes submissions of experimental, mathematical and conceptual articles applying the knowledge, methods and concepts of evolution and ecology to help further our understanding of cancer and its management.

Meet the Guest Editors

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David Basanta: Moffitt Cancer Center, USA

David Basanta is an Associate Member at the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida. He is part of the Integrated Mathematical Oncology department and holds a courtesy appointment at the genitourinary oncology department. His group, CancerEvo, studies the role of cancer evolution in driving cancer progression and resistance to treatment. While intra tumor heterogeneity and genetic mutations are key aspects of somatic evolution, selection is driven by the ecosystem that cancer cells inhabit. CancerEvo’s research combines data from pre-clinical models and patients together with first-principles computational models to explore evolution and the ecosystem in the context of treatment.

Ignacio González Bravo: CNRS Montpellier, France

Dr Ignacio González Bravo is a biochemist by training with a PhD in molecular microbiology studying the evolution of bacterial polysialic capsules. Ignacio was introduced to cancer research during his postdoc years at the German Cancer Research Center in Heidelberg, working on the emergence and function of viral oncogenes. Ignacio later worked on the interface between cancer epidemiology and viral diversity and evolution, first as the head of the Infections and Cancer Laboratory at the Catalan Institute of Oncology and now as Research Director at the French National Center for Scientific Research in Montpellier. Ignacio uses viral induced-cancers as an experimental model. His main research program advocates for the introduction of evolutionary thinking as a central element in understanding the proximate and ultimate origins of cancer: from molecular mechanisms and functions to adaptation, from the natural history of the infection in the patient to the evolution of cancer susceptibility across species.


About the collection

BMC Ecology and Evolution welcomes submissions of experimental, mathematical and conceptual articles applying the knowledge, methods and concepts of evolution and ecology to help further our understanding of cancer and its management. The Collection will consider manuscripts using evolutionary biology and ecology principles to:

   • Understand the natural history of the disease
   • Analyse and integrate the multilevel evolutionary processes and selection pressures
   • Identify the knowns and unknowns when mapping cellular (epi)genotypes to clinical phenotypes 
   • Study tumour microenvironments
   • Infer (epi)genetic cellular branching processes resulting in distinct cancer cell lineages
   • Study transmissible and infectious cancers
   • Study molecular and cellular competition, cooperation and conflict
   • Study the emergence and spread of therapeutic resistance
   • Study the role of stochasticity and molecular-cellular noise in the establishment and evolution of the disease

Given the interdisciplinary nature of this topic, the collection is a collaboration between the journals BMC Ecology and Evolution and Medical Oncology. The aim is to foster crosstalk between eco-evolutionary and oncology perspectives to advance our understanding of cancer. 

If you are unsure which journal has the best scope for your manuscript, please contact the Editors: 

 Dr. Jennifer Harman <> 

 Prof. Kenneth James Pienta <via>

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  1. Despite intensive research, cancer remains a major health problem. The difficulties in treating cancer reflect the complex nature of this disease, including high levels of heterogeneity within tumours. Intra-t...

    Authors: Caroline S. Carneiro, Jorian D. Hapeman and Aurora M. Nedelcu
    Citation: BMC Ecology and Evolution 2023 23:20
  2. Neoplasms are common across the animal kingdom and seem to be a feature plesiomorphic for metazoans, related with an increase in somatic complexity. The fossil record of cancer complements our knowledge of the...

    Authors: Dawid Surmik, Justyna Słowiak-Morkovina, Tomasz Szczygielski, Maciej Kamaszewski, Sudipta Kalita, Elżbieta M. Teschner, Dawid Dróżdż, Piotr Duda, Bruce M. Rothschild and Dorota Konietzko-Meier
    Citation: BMC Ecology and Evolution 2022 22:143
  3. Carcinogenesis is one of the leading health concerns afflicting presumably every single animal species, including humans. Currently, cancer research expands considerably beyond medicine, becoming a focus in ot...

    Authors: Sebastian Maciak
    Citation: BMC Ecology and Evolution 2022 22:142

Submission Guidelines

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This Collection welcomes submission of Research Articles. Before submitting your manuscript, please ensure you have read our submission guidelines. Articles for this Collection should be submitted via our submission system, SNAPP. During the submission process you will be asked whether you are submitting to a Collection, please select "Ecology and Evolution of Cancer" from the dropdown menu.

Articles will undergo the journal’s standard peer-review process and are subject to all of the journal’s standard policies. Articles will be added to the Collection as they are published.

The Guest Editors have no competing interests with the submissions which they handle through the peer review process. The peer review of any submissions for which the Guest Editors have competing interests is handled by another Editorial Board Member who has no competing interests.