Forthcoming Events


The elimination of cervical cancer by 2050 - reality or wishful thinking?

Date: Wednesday 24th October 2018
Time: 17:30
Venue: Yusuf Hamied Theatre in the Yusuf Hamied Centre, Christ's College, New Court

Professor Margaret Stanley OBE (Honorary Fellow of Christ's) will be giving a Lady Margaret Lecture 'The elimination of cervical cancer by 2050 - reality or wishful thinking?'. Click here to read more about this event.

CRUK CI seminars in cancer: Towards cancer screening using circulating DNA

Date: Thursday 25th October 2018
Time: 1.00-2.00pm
Venue: Lecture Theatre, Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute, Robinson Way, Cambridge CB2 0RE

There is much recent interest in the use of circulating DNA in plasma for performing liquid biopsies for cancer. However, most of the published efforts are for the investigation of patients who have already been diagnosed to have cancer. There is much less information on the use of circulating DNA for the screening of cancer. My laboratory has developed the use of circulating Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) DNA as a biomarker for EBV -associated malignancies, especially for nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC). We have just completed a large scale trial of using plasma EBV DNA in the screening of NPC in asymptomatic individuals. Our data indicate that using this approach, one can shift the stage distribution at diagnosis from 20% early stage diseases in an unscreened population to 70% early stage diseases in a screened population. Furthermore, NPC subjects whose cancer were detected by plasma EBV DNA screening had a much better prognosis than those NPC patients who were not screened. The implication of this work to cancer screening in the context of NPC and for other cancers will be discussed.

Speaker information:

Professor Dennis Lo, Director of the Li Ka Shing Institute of Health Sciences, the Li Ka Shing Professor of Medicine and Professor of Chemical Pathology of The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). He is also the Associate Dean (Research) of the Faculty of Medicine of CUHK. Dennis Lo received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Cambridge and the Doctor of Medicine and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from the University of Oxford. Full biography.


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, 16 Mill Lane, Cambridge CB2 1SB. Please note the seminar room is in the basement and access is via stairs only.

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 now open.

Early Detection Technology Sharing Forum

Date: Tuesday 4th December 2018
Time: 17:30 - 19:30
Venue: David Dunn Room, Addenbrooke's Hospital (through main hospital concourse entrance), Hills Road, Cambridge CB2 0QQ

An issue that we are constantly hearing about in the application of technology to healthcare is the disconnect between technology providers and clinicians. We are going to address this by hosting an event in the hospital itself, enabling as many clinicians as possible to attend. We have invited four technologists to share their early detection technologies with clinical colleagues in order to stimulate feedback, discussion and the co-creation of ideas. If this event is successful we hope that we can run a series of them in the New Year.

In December we will hear from Prof George Malliaras, Electrical Engineering on New materials and devices for early detection; Dr. Róisín Owens, Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology on Bioelectronic devices for cancer detection; Dr Ljiljana Fruk, Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology on Diagostics/theranostics: Chemistry behind (bio)functionalised nanomaterials, and Professor Andrew Flewitt, Engineering on Using systems-based engineering as a means of addressing clinical needs.

We hope that this event will lead to interesting, two-way discussion and greater collaboration. Refreshments will be provided. Please sign up here.


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. We are delighted to have two Keynote speakers, Bob Steele - Senior Research Professor in Surgical Oncology, University of Dundee and Chair of UK National Screening Committee and Per Hall, Professor of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the Karolinska Institute and Honorary Consultant Physician, Södersjukhuset, Sweden. Click here to register for a place.

Call for abstracts: We are inviting PhD students and postdocs involved in all aspects of early detection research to submit abstracts to be considered for an oral and/or a poster presentation at the event. Please submit a 500 work abstract on your research on any discipline related to early cancer detection, including but not restricted to:

  • Early cancer biology
  • Modelling cancer development and evolution
  • New biomarkers and detection technologies
  • Public health and the impact of early detection
  • Clinical translation studies

Paper presentations should be 10 minutes in duration. The paper presentations will be followed by a Q&A.

Please include in your abstracts:

  • Title
  • Abstract text (max 500 words)
  • Lead investigator name
  • Other investigator names

All abstracts should be submitted by Friday 30th November 2018 to

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. General registration for the conference is available here.


Breakfast meeting

Date: Thursday 14th February 2019
Time: 08:30 - 09:30
Venue: Clinical School Restaurant

These 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.

The speaker for the February meeting will be confirmed in due course.