CAIMS Prize Award

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CAIMS*SCMAI is pleased to announce that Professor Thomas Hillen of the University of Alberta is the winner of the 2015 CAIMS*SCMAI Research Prize.  Prof. Hillen obtained his PhD and Habilitation from the University of Tubingen in 1995 and 2001, respectively.


Since 2001 he is a faculty member at the University of Alberta and he has been Associate Chair Graduate for 2009-2014.


Professor Hillen is recognized for his outstanding contribution to the understanding and treatment of cancer through mathematical modeling, analysis and simulations. Of particular importance is his series of studies in such important aspects as modelling of cell movement, modelling of brain tumor spread, optimization of radiation treatment, and modelling of cancer stem cells. Professor Hillen is also recognized for his fundamental research in the area of chemotaxis, with significant discoveries on interesting dynamical properties including pattern formation and spatio-temporal chaos. The volume filling mechanism introduced by Hillen and Painter in 2001 has become a standard modelling ingredient.


Professor Hillen is a leading scientist in the field of transport equations, their scaling limits and their use for cell movement. His work, using the transport equations to model the non-homogeneous and anisotropic spread of glioma has demonstrated the potential use of this modelling approach for treatment planning of glioma. Professor Hillen is a main contributor to the development of the tumor control probability models based on detailed stochastic processes, and one of his models that includes cell-cycle dynamics is now known as “Dawson-Hillen TCP”.

He also developed a cancer stem cells model to explain the tumor growth paradox.


Professor Hillen is recognized for his leadership in looking at the mathematical and application related challenges in parallel, as he simply puts "Quite often, biological ideas manifest themselves in mathematical properties, and mathematical results uncover biological processes".