Forthcoming Events

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Breakfast meeting: Dr Laura Blackburn

Date: Thursday 13th September 2018
Time: 08:30 - 09:30
Venue: Clinical School Restaurant

These monthly meetings are an opportunity for researchers across Cambridge and further afield who are engaged with our programme to network with fellow researchers in an informal setting.

In September Dr Laura Blackburn, Acting Head of Science at the PHG Foundation, will open the meeting on the subject of: About PHG Foundation: how can engaging with health policy support the implementation of research and technology into clinical practice?


Please join us for a lively and stimulating start to the day, no registration required.

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Early Detection Pump Priming Project Showcase

Date: Monday 24th September 2018
Time: 17:30 - 19:00
Venue: Maxwell Centre, JJ Thompson Avenue, Cambridge CB3 0HE

We present a showcase of some of the projects funded by the Early Detection Programme. Please join us for some short presentations and the opportunity to network with the project teams. Presentations will be given by:

  • Mr Vincent Gnanapragasam and Prof Andrew Flewitt
  • Dr George Gordon
  • Dr Massi di Pietro
  • Dr Angela Gonçalves
  • Dr Robert Rintoul

Drinks and nibbles will be provided. Please register here.

2018 Early Detection of Cancer Conference

Date: Tuesday 2nd Oct - Thursday 4th Oct 2018
Time: 08:30-15:30
Venue: Portland - Knight Cancer Research Building, 3181 S.W. Sam Jackson Park Road, CR145, Portland, OR 97239

OHSU Knight Cancer Institute, Canary Center at Stanford, and Cancer Research UK present the Early Detection of Cancer Conference 2018. The annual Conference brings together experts in early detection from multiple disciplines to share ground breaking research and progress in the field.

The Conference is part of a long-term commitment to invest in early detection research, to understand the biology behind early stage cancers, find new detection and screening methods and enhance uptake and accuracy of screening. The conference will be held on October 2nd – 4th at the new Knight Cancer Research Building on the campus of OHSU, Portland, Oregon.

Click here to register.

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Festival of Ideas 2018 seminar: Cancer overdiagnosis - what is it?

Date: Friday 26th October 2018
Time: 17:30 - 18:30
Venue: Eastwood Room,Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, Mill Lane, Cambridge CB2 1SB

Many diseases, such as cancer, are easier to treat the earlier they are detected, so it makes sense to test people without symptoms in higher risk groups to see if they have the disease. Unfortunately, it can be hard to detect early-stage disease with accuracy, and even harder to know that our interventions will actually benefit patients. Screening saves lives, but also leads to overdiagnosis and overtreatment.

The CRUK Cambridge Centre Early Detection Programme invites you to join Dr Stephen John, Hatton Lecturer in the Philosophy of Public Health and Dr Maryon McDonald, Fellow in Social Anthropology at Robinson College, Cambridge for a seminar to discuss some of the issues around cancer screening and diagnosis.

Registrations will open on 24th September 2018.

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SAVE THE DATE: Early Detection Programme Annual Symposium 2019

Date: Monday 28th January 2019
Time: 10:30 - 15:00
Venue: Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute, Li Ka Shing Centre, Robinson Way, Cambridge CB2 0RE

The fourth annual symposium from the CRUK Cambridge Centre Early Detection Programme will take place on Monday 28th January 2019. Please save the date in your diaries.

5th CRUK Bienniel Early Diagnosis Conference

Date: Tuesday 12th - Wednesday 13th February 2019
Venue: Hilton Birmingham Metropole

The 5th Biennial CRUK Early Diagnosis Research Conference will take place on 12th-13th February 2019 at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole. In the ten years since a national strategy to reduce premature mortality from cancer was developed, great headway has been made in all the UK nations and internationally. The theme of this 10th anniversary conference will be Accelerating early diagnosis evidence into practice.

Abstracts on the following themes are called for:

  • The cancer screening landscape
  • Optimising referral (pathways and services)
  • Latest developments in lung cancer early diagnosis: opportunities and challenges
  • International perspectives on early diagnosis
  • Optimal/rapid cancer pathways: innovation and implementation
  • Cancer data to support local and national service provision

Further information about each of these themes can be found on the CRUK webpage.

Please submit abstracts by 5pm on Monday 1st October on the Call for Abstracts form. General registration is available here.