Your chance to forecast what early detection of cancer will look like in 20 years' time

Call for participation in multidisciplinary groups to present at Early Detection Programme annual symposium 2019 - prizes for best presentation.

Would you like to share your vision of what early cancer detection will look like 20 years from now at the CRUK Cambridge Centre Early Detection Programme Annual Symposium? Chaired by Dr Andy Richards CBE, healthcare and life sciences entrepreneur and business angel, you and your team will have the opportunity to present your thoughts with prizes for the team with the most compelling vision.

We are calling for researchers (PhD students, Postdoctoral researchers and Junior Group Leaders) to volunteer to join multi-disciplinary groups to discuss the question of What will the early detection of cancer look like 20 years from now?

We envisage four teams of 3-4 people, which we will put together from the applicants. Each group will have a senior colleague as a mentor (you are welcome to propose your mentor). The mentor will guide the group and ensure the ideas are rooted in science, but the ideas will be generated by the group members. We are purposely not prescribing definite themes in order to encourage the most wide-ranging and blue-sky thinking, but still based in science, but some areas to consider might include:

  • Wearables/ Nano devices / Apps
  • Machine Learning in ED
  • Imaging
  • Liquid, breath and other inventive biopsy methods
  • Risk prediction / prevention

The groups will get together two weeks before the symposium, which takes place on 28thJanuary 2019, to brainstorm, record their ideas and create a short presentation. The presentations will consist of a maximum of 3 slides and each group will have 6 minutes to present at the annual symposium, followed by 3 minutes of questions from the audience.

If you are seeking inspiration take a look at Feynman’s famous 1959 lecture “There’s plenty of room at the bottom” (transcript) in which he laid the foundations for the field of nanotechnology by imagining what kinds of miniaturisation of machines / information might be possible.

Following the presentations, the audience will vote on the most cogent presentation and the members of that group will each receive a voucher prize.

Please submit your interest to by Sunday 16th December.