Past Events

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Lectures in Cancer Biology and Medicine Series 2018-19

Date: Every Thursday, starting on 1 November
Time: 09:30 - 10:30
Venue: Clinical School Lecture Theatre 2

These talks aim to give a general introduction to cancer biology and medicine and all students and staff are welcome to attend.

Lectures in Cancer Biology and Medicine - Michaelmas Term 2018

Thursday 1 November: Dr Paul Edwards, Emeritus Reader in Cancer Biology. Tumour pathology, structure and nomenclature
Thursday 8 November: Dr Paul Edwards, Emeritus Reader in Cancer Biology. Overview of the core ideas in cancer research
Thursday 15 November: Dr Paul Edwards, Emeritus Reader in Cancer Biology. The mutations that drive cancer
Thursday 22 November: Dr Christian Frezza, MRC Cancer Unit. Dysregulated metabolism: passenger or driver of cancer?
Thursday 29 November: Dr Sakari Vanharanta, MRC Cancer Unit. Introduction to the biology of metastasis
Thursday 6th December: Professor Brian Huntly, Department of Haematology. Cancer stem cells, evolution and heterogeneity
Thursday 13th December: Professor Steve Jackson, The Gurdon Institute. DNA repair: translating mechanistic insights towards new cancer therapies


















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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, 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.

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.

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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.

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Breakfast meeting: Early Detection - is it "worth it"? The importance of cost-effectiveness in healthcare.

Date: Thursday 11th October 2018
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 October meeting will be opened by Dr Ed Wilson, Senior Research Associate in Health Economics & Academic Lead, Cambridge Research Methods Hub, Institute of Public Health on the subject of Early Detection - is it "worth it"? The importance of cost-effectiveness in healthcare.

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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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.

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Breakfast meeting: How can engaging with health policy support the implementation of research and technology into clinical practice?

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?

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Early Detection Garden Party

Date: Monday 9th July 2018
Time: 17:00 - 18:30
Venue: Trinity College, Fellows' Bowling Green, Trinity Street, Cambridge CB2 1TQ

Please join us to celebrate the ongoing achievements of the CRUK Cambridge Centre Early Detection Programme and the BEST3 Trial and to thank you for your support. Light refreshments will be served.

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​Early Detection multidisciplinary networking series event 6: Dr Ferdia Gallagher & Dr Philip Murphy

Date: Monday 25th June 2018  
Time: 17:30 - 19:00 
Venue: Seminar Room 1, Clinical School, Cambridge Biomedical Campus

For this event series we are inviting a STEM scientist or a representative from a relevant local company to pair with a clinical colleague to speak for 15-20 minutes each on their work and where it might be relevant to early cancer detection, and where greater collaboration could assist. 

We have two speakers for this event who will speak on Using new imaging methods to detect cancer.

Dr Ferdia Gallagher - Honorary Consultant Radiologist, Department of Radiology

Philip Murphy - Head, Clinical Imaging, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK)

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Breakfast meeting: Dr Stuart Hogarth

Date: Thursday 14th June 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 June Dr Stuart Hogarth, Lecturer in Sociology of Science and Technology focusing on biomedical innovation, will open the meeting on "Screening for cancer in the era of blockbuster diagnostics – the political economy of diagnostic innovation in comparative perspective".

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Seminar by Dr Ranjit Manchanda: "Population based genetic testing strategy for cancer prevention"

Date: Monday 21st May 2018  
Time: 17:30 - 19:00
Venue: Maxwell Centre, Cavendish Laboratory, JJ Thomson Avenue CB3 0HE Cambridge

We are delighted to announce that Dr Ranjit Manchanda of the Barts Cancer Institute Centre for Experimental Cancer Medicine will give a seminar for our programme on 21st May. Dr Manchanda's main research interests are:

  • Risk prediction, screening and prevention of ovarian and endometrial cancer
  • Population based approach(es) to genetic testing for risk stratification and cancer prevention
  • Targeted surgical approaches for prevention of gynaecological cancer
  • Familial gynaecological cancer

He and his team recently published an article in Journal of the National Cancer Institute suggesting that screening the entire population for breast and ovarian cancer gene mutations, as opposed to just those at high-risk of carrying this mutation, is cost effective and could prevent more ovarian and breast cancers than the current approach. Click here for paper.

The talk will be followed by refreshments and the opportunity to network with colleagues.

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CRUK Early Detection of Cancer evening

Date: Wednesday 16th May 2018  
Time: 17:30 - 19:00 
Venue: Essex Country Cricket Club, New Writtle Street, Chelmsford  CM2 0PG

An informative evening event, aimed at non-scientists. Speakers will be Dr Sarah Bohndiek, Co-Lead of the Early Detection programme, Dr Charlie Massie and Dr Daniel Munoz-Espin, Group Leaders within the Early Detection programme.

Each speaker will take it in turn to talk about their work in the field of Early Detection, and the difference they hope it will make for future patients. The talks will be followed by a Q&A session with the audience.

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DNA Methylation: Bench to bedside - Non-invasive detection of cancer

Date: Friday 11th May 2018  
Time: 14:00 - 15:00 
Venue: Clifford Allbutt Lecture Theatre

A seminar by Dr Andy Feber, Senior Lecturer in the Division of Surgery and Interventional Science at UCL, and leads the genomics research within the Kelly:Feber Lab.

Utilising the latest technologies, the aim of Dr Feber’s research is to define the genomic and epigenomic  alterations involved in cancer development and progression and how these alterations can be used in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer.

His team at UCL have developed the UroMark test that uses the latest technology to analyse over 150 cancer related epigenetic changes in urine samples.  Results to date show that UroMark can detect  bladder cancer with high certainty and is able to differentiate between  bladder cancer and non-cancer conditions such as urinary infection.  The UroMark test is currently in Phase III validation.

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Breakfast meeting: Options and considerations for liquid biopsies in cancer early detection

Date: Thursday 10th May 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 May Dr Charlie Massie, Early Detection Group Leader with the main focus on risk stratification and precision medicine in early stage prostate cancer using non-invasive biomarkers and high-sensitivity genomics approaches, will open the meeting on "Options and considerations for liquid biopsies in cancer early detection".

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Early Detection multidisciplinary networking series event 5: Dr Simon Buczacki & Dr Mark Eccleston

Date: Tuesday 1st May 2018  
Time: 17:30 - 19:00 
Venue: Seminar Room 10, Clinical School, Cambridge Biomedical Campus

For this event series we are inviting a STEM scientist or a representative from a relevant local company to pair with a clinical colleague to speak for 15-20 minutes each on their work and where it might be relevant to early cancer detection, and where greater collaboration could assist. 

Speakers at this event are: 
Dr Simon Buczacki - Honorary Consultant Colorectal Surgeon & CRUK Clinical Scientist
Talk title: Barriers to early detection in colorectal cancer

Dr Mark Eccleston - Business Development Director at Volition
Talk title: Nucleosomics - Clinical application of cell free circulating nucleosome profiling in colorectal cancer. 

Merging clinical, biological and physical sciences approaches for cancer research

Date: Tuesday 10th April 2018  
Time: 09:30 - 17:00 
Venue: BMA House, Princes Room, Tavistock Square, London WC1H 9JP

A workshop organised by Cancer Research UK. 

Workshop Overview

The contribution of physics and biology to understanding cancer is long-standing and increasingly well-recognised. Recent major strategic initiatives, including the National Institutes of Health “Physical Sciences in Oncology”, and Cancer Research UK Multidisciplinary award scheme, reflect this increasing recognition and are intended to strengthen collaboration between the physical sciences and biological research communities in order to better address the “Grand Challenges” in cancer research.

In collaboration with the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Cancer Research UK and the EPSRC/BBSRC Physics of Life Network, this  workshop will bring together clinicians, biologists and physicists to show-case successful existing collaborations and promote engagement, new ideas and collaborations. This workshop is scheduled in the lead up to Cancer Research UK Multidisciplinary and Early Detection Awards and events.

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Cancer and society event series: exploring philosophical and ethical issues around cancer

The CRUK Cambridge Centre Early Detection Programme, in conjunction with the Department of History and Philosophy of Science, the Cambridge Science Festival, CRASSH, the von Hügel Institute and the Cambridge Philosophy and Medicine group present a series of three workshops on philosophical and ethical issues around cancer to be held Cambridge during 2017-2018. Click on the titles of each event for further information and to register.

Philosophy of Cancer: the ethics and epistemology of detection and prevention

Date: 
Wednesday 13th December 2017   
Venue: Department of History and Philosophy of Science, Free School Lane, Cambridge CB2 3RE
Organiser: Dr Stephen John

The sixth sense of the oncologist. How doctors can find cancer earlier and why you may not necessarily want to know (Panel discussion)

Date: Thursday 15th March 2018 (part of Cambridge Science Festival)
Venue: Garden Room, St Edmund's College, Mount Pleasant, Cambridge CB3 0BN
Organiser: Dr Gianmarco Contino
This event is part of the Cambridge Science Festival.

What is so special about cancer? Perspectives from clinical research, philosophy and social sciences

Date: Thursday 5th April 13:30 - Friday 6th April 17:00
Venue: SG1/2 Alison Richard Building, Sidgwick Site
Organiser: Dr Gabriele Badano

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Early Detection multidisciplinary networking series event 4: Dr Moritz Gerstung & Dr George Vassiliou

Date: Monday 26th March 2018  
Time: 17:30 - 19:00 
Venue: Maxwell Centre, Cavendish Laboratory, JJ Thomson Avenue CB3 0HE Cambridge

For this event series we are inviting a STEM scientist or a representative from a relevant local company to pair with a clinical colleague to speak for 15-20 minutes each on their work and where it might be relevant to early cancer detection, and where greater collaboration could assist.

Speakers at this event are: 
Dr Moritz Gerstung - Group Leader: Computational cancer biology
"Cancer evolution: Inference and prediction"

Dr George Vassiliou - Group Leader and Honorary Consultant Haematologist
"Identification of healthy individuals at risk of AML"

Science Festival: Listening to light

Date: Sunday 25th March 2018  
Time: 12:30 - 13:15  
Venue: Cancer Research UK, Cambridge Institute, Li Ka Shing Centre, Robinsons Way, CB2 0RE

Michal Tomaszewski explores the various ways we can look inside the human body without touching it, and how different imaging technologies can be used to visualise different aspects of the organism and its function. He focuses on optoacoustic imaging which may help to tell benign from aggressive cancer tumours.

Science Festival: How lab discoveries are leading to earlier detection and more precise treatments for cancer patients

Date: Sunday 25th March 2018  
Time: 11:00 - 15:00  
Venue: Cambridge Academy for Science and Technology, Robinson Way, CB2 0SZ

Join scientists from the Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute, MRC Cancer Unit and Hutchison/MRC Research Centre to discover how cancer develops, grows, and spreads, and see how researchers and clinicians are developing targeted, personalised therapies and techniques to detect cancer sooner.

Get hands on with games to build your own cell, identify mutations in DNA, try your hand at brain surgery, and learn how new technologies are being used for the early detection and treatment of cancer. Put on a lab coat and isolate DNA or stain tissue samples and look at them under a microscope.

Science Festival: The harms and benefits of breast cancer screening

Date: Tuesday 20th March 2018  
Time: 18:00 - 19:30  
Venue: Mill Lane Lecture Rooms, 8 Mill Lane, CB2 1RW

In recent years the debate about the harms and benefits of breast cancer screening has become increasingly polarised. This expert panel discussion will consider the complexities of this debate from four different disciplinary perspectives. Dr Sian Taylor Philips, an epidemiologist who works with the UK National Screening Committee, will provide insights into the challenges of interpreting the evidence base; Dr Fiona Gilbert will give a clinical perspective and describe new technological options in breast screening, Dr David Spiegelhalter will discuss the challenges of communicating complex risk information to the public in screening programmes and Dr Hogarth will provide a social scientist’s perspective on how the mammography debate has developed since the 1970s.

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Breakfast meeting: Genomics/Proteomics and Imaging: Friends or foes in early detection

Date: Thursday 8th March 2018
Time: 08:00 - 09:00
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 March Dr Oshaani Abeyakoon, PhD student and Honorary Breast Radiology Consultant at the University of Cambridge will open the meeting on "Genomics/Proteomics and Imaging: Friends or foes in early detection".

Early Detection multidisciplinary networking series event 3: Mr Grant Stewart & Professor Russell Cowburn

Date: Tuesday 27th February 2018  
Time: 17:30 - 19:00 
Venue: Seminar Room 3, Clinical School, Cambridge Biomedical Campus

For this event series we are inviting a STEM scientist or a representative from a relevant local company to pair with a clinical colleague to speak for 15-20 minutes each on their work and where it might be relevant to early cancer detection, and where greater collaboration could assist. The speakers at this event are:

Mr Grant Stewart, Academic urological surgeon with clinical and research expertise in kidney cancer, will speak on: Kidney cancer, a silent killer, in need of an early detection strategy

Professor Russell Cowburn, Department of Physics, with research interests in nanotechnology and its application to magnetism, electronics and optics, will speak on: Magnetic nanostructures for novel cancer therapy and detection

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Workshop: The future of in-vitro diagnostics - a regulatory perspective

Date: Thursday 15th February 2018  
Time: 13:00 - 17:30  
Venue: The Gillespie Centre, Clare College, Cambridge

How can regulators strike a reasonable balance between supporting diagnostic innovation and proving rigorous independent evaluation of new diagnostic tests before they enter clinical practice?

In this workshop organised by the Cambridge Academy of Therapeutic Sciences, we will hear from Alberto Gutierrez (former Director of FDA's Office of In Vitro Diagnostic Device Evaluation and Safety), Robyn Meurant (World Health Organisation) and Stuart Hogarth (University of Cambridge) and consider regulatory developments in the context of the response to the genomic revolution in biomedicine as well as the need for safe and effective diagnostics in low and middle-income countries.

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Breakfast meeting: Cancer from an evolutionary perspective

Date: Thursday 8th February 2018
Time: 08:00 - 09:00
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 February Dr Jamie Blundell, Early Detection Group leader with the aims to understand how mutant clones arise, expand and compete in our tissues as we age, will open the meeting on "Cancer from an evolutionary perspective".

Early Detection Annual Symposium 15th January 2018

Date: Monday 15th January 2018
Time: 14:00 - 18:00
Venue: Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute, Li Ka Shing Centre, Robinson Way, Cambridge CB2 0RE

The annual symposium is our main showcase event providing an exciting opportunity to meet, hear and network with clinicians and scientists from across the many disciplines involved in cancer early detection work.

This year's keynote speaker is Professor Jessica Zucman-Rossi, Director of functional genomic of solid tumours unit, INSERM, France. She will speak on genomic alterations in early liver tumour development.

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Breakfast meeting: Dr Annalise Katz-Summercorn

Date: Thursday 11th January 2018
Time: 08:00 - 09:00
Venue: Cancer Research UK CI Gallery

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 January Dr Annalise Katz-Summercorn, Clinical research fellow in Early Detection in oesophageal adenocarcinoma, will open the meeting on the subject of Screening and pre-invasive GI disease from a surgical perspective.

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Breakfast meeting: Initial steps to oncogenesis – modelling via organoids

Date: Thursday 14th December 2017  
Time: 08:00 - 09:00  
Venue: Cancer Research UK CI Gallery

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. 

Our next breakfast meeting will be opened by Dr Mona Shehata, Krishnan-Ang postdoctoral research fellow working on identifying the different cell types within the normal mammary gland, which will allow better knowledge of the cell of origin of breast cancer. The subject of the informal meeting will be: Initial steps to oncogenesis – modelling via organoids.

Early Detection multidisciplinary networking series event 2: Panel discussion - Taking new diagnostic techniques into clinical application

Date: Monday 27th November 2017  
Time: 18:00 - 19:30 
Venue: Postdoc Centre, Biomedical Campus, Hills Road, Cambridge, CB2 0SP

At this event we will have a panel of people with direct experience of taking new diagnostic techniques into clinical application. The panel will be moderated by Dr Dafne Chirivino of Cambridge Enterprise and will include Dr John Pritchard (Entrepreneur in Residence, Cambridge Enterprise), Professor Rebecca Fitzgerald (MRC Cancer Unit), Mr Vincent Gnanapragasam (Department of Surgery) and Dr Anita Marguerie de Rotrou (Office for Translational Research, School of Clinical Medicine). The panel discussion with audience participation will be followed by the opportunity to network further with colleagues over drinks.

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Breakfast meeting: Development, validation and potential clinical uses of cancer risk prediction models

Date: Tuesday 14th November 2017 
Time: 08:00 - 09:00 
Venue: Cancer Research UK CI Gallery

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. Our next breakfast meeting is opened by Professor Antonis Antoniou, CRUK Senior Cancer Research Fellow and leads a research group within the Department of Public Health and Primary Care & Dr Juliet Usher-Smith, Clinical Senior Research Associate and Cancer Research UK/BUPA Foundation Cancer Prevention Fellow.

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Early Detection multidisciplinary networking series event 1: Dr David Kent & Dr Thierry Savin

Date: Monday 30th October 2017  
Time: 17:30 - 19:00 
Venue: Maxwell Centre, Cavendish Laboratory, JJ Thomson Avenue CB3 0HE Cambridge

For this new event series we are inviting a STEM scientist or a representative from a relevant local company to pair with a clinical colleague to speak for 15-20 minutes each on their work and where it might be relevant to early cancer detection, and where greater collaboration could assist. The speakers at this first event are:

Dr Thierry Savin, University Lecturer in Bioengineering on "modelling cancer invasion as a mechanical instability"

Dr David Kent, Group Leader, Cambridge Stem Cell Institute on "new approaches to expanding blood stem cells outside the body"

Cambridge prostate cancer research forum: research and innovation for early detection and treatment in primary disease

Date: Wednesday 18th October 2017  
Time: 12:00 - 19:30  
Venue: Alice Fisher Lecture Theatre
Cambridge Biomedical Campus, Addenbrooke’s Hospital Site
S Wards Building, Keith Day Rd 
CB2 0SL Cambridge

This meeting will bring together the vibrant and diverse Cambridge research work in prostate cancer. We will have talks from a wide field of researchers working in very different specialities (e.g. clinical trials, radiology, engineering, imaging, bioinformatics) but all focused on driving improvements in outcomes for men suffering from the most common male cancer in the western world. It will be a unique opportunity for networking and exploring synergies in ideas and themes to advance our research in (i) early detection of lethal disease  (ii) better understanding of the biology of primary cancers and (iii) delivering individualised treatment & novel precision medicine approaches.

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Breakfast meeting: Early Detection - how histopathology can help

Date: Thursday 12th October 2017
Time: 08:00 - 09:00
Venue: Cancer Research UK CI Gallery

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 October Dr Maria O'Donovan, Department of Histopathology, will speak on the subject of "Early Detection - how histopathology can help".

Early Detection programme film night and discussion

Date: Thursday 5th October 2017  
Time: 18:00 - 20:30  
Venue: Postdoc Centre, Biomedical Campus
Clifford Allbutt Building (Clinical School entrance) 
Hills Road 
Cambridge CB2 0SP 

We are delighted to announce that the Early Detection Programme will be hosting a film night on Thursday 5th October, at 18.00 in the Postdoc Centre on the Biomedical Campus. We will show the film 50/50 which will be followed by a discussion of some of the issues, led by Early Detection Programme Group Leader Dr Charlie Massie. Refreshments will be provided.

Breakfast meeting: Mr Vincent Gnanapragasam

Date: Thursday 14th September 2017 
Time: 08:00 - 09:00 
Venue: Cancer Research UK CI Gallery

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. Our next breakfast meeting is opened by Mr Vincent Gnanapragasam, University Lecturer in Uro-oncology and Consultant Urologist.

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Early Detection Garden Party

Date: Tuesday 18th July 2017
Time: 17:00 -18:30
Venue: Trinity College Cambridge, Fellows' Bowling Green

To celebrate our ongoing achievements, we would like to invite you to the Early Detection programme Garden Party at Trinity College Cambridge.

Breakfast meeting: Stem cell subversion, myeloproliferative neoplasms and the earliest stages of cancer

Date: Thursday 13th July 2017 
Time: 08:00 - 09:00 
Venue: Cancer Research UK CI 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. Our next breakfast meeting is opened by Professor Tony Green, Head of Department; Professor of Haemato-Oncology on the topic "Stem cell subversion, myeloproliferative neoplasms and the earliest stages of cancer"

27th GI Cancer Forum

Date: Wednesday 12th July 2017
Time: 17:30 -19:30
Venue: CRUK Cambridge Institute Lecture Theatre

We are very pleased to invite you to the 27th GI Cancer Forum on July 12th. We have put together a great line up of talks with cutting edge science that will allow us to understand how GI tumours arise and metastasize, and the most advanced application of endoscopic ultrasound in hepatobiliary cancers.

Speakers: 

Dr David Wedge, Oxford University - Heterogeneity and evolution in gastrointestinal cancers.

Dr Maxime Delvincourt, Cambridge University Hospital - Use of EUS in the examination of the bile ducts: past, present and future.

Dr Ayesha Noorani, University of Cambridge - The genomics of metastatic oesophageal adenocarcinoma

At the event we will also announce the exciting GI CANCER FORUM CLINICAL PICTURE CHALLENGE. 

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Clinicians meet STEM Scientists: Using genomes and networks to catch cancer early

Date: Thursday 22nd June 2017
Time: 17:30 - 19:00
Venue: Maxwell Centre, Cavendish Laboratory, JJ Thomson Avenue CB3 0HE Cambridge

Join the Early Detection Programme for the 'Clinicians meet STEM Scientists' event series focusing on idea sharing between clinical and physical scientists, in the field of early cancer detection. 

Speakers
Professor Sir Bruce Ponder: Emeritus Professor of Oncology and Founding Director of CRUK Cambridge Centre.

Dr Florian Markowetz: Group Leader, CRUK Cambridge Institute.

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Breakfast meeting: CanTest project & Primary Care

Date: Tuesday 6th June 2017 
Time: 08:00 - 09:00 
Venue: Cancer Research UK CI 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. Our next breakfast meeting is opened by Dr Fiona Walter, Principal Researcher in Primary Care Cancer Research and leader of the CanTest team.

Clinicians meet STEM Scientists: Early detection of lung cancer - multidisciplinary challenges and opportunities

Date: Monday 22nd May 2017
Time: 17:30 - 19:00
Venue: Maxwell Centre, Cavendish Laboratory, JJ Thomson Avenue CB3 0HE Cambridge

Join the Early Detection Programme for the 'Clinicians meet STEM Scientists' event series focusing on idea sharing between clinical and physical scientists, in the field of early cancer detection.

Speakers
Dr Frank McCaughan: University Lecturer at the Department of Medicine, University of Cambridge and Honorary Consultant Physician, Cambridge University Hospitals. His laboratory research is focused on understanding the early driver events critical to the development of lung cancer and translating this knowledge into novel approaches to early detection and novel therapeutics or chemoprevention agents.

Dr Carola Schonlieb: Reader in Applied and Computational Analysis, head of the Cambridge Image Analysis (CIA) group at the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics (DAMTP). Her area of expertise is mathematical image reconstruction and image analysis, designed and adapted to various application areas, among them biomedical imaging. In this context we work on high resolution image reconstruction for MR, PET, EM; image reconstruction and analysis for multi-modal imaging; object segmentation, tracking and motion analysis for various imaging modalities.

Breakfast meeting: Thinking big - Cancer early detection in 2027, goals and barriers to progress

Date: Thursday 11th May 2017
Time: 08:00 - 09:00
Venue: Cancer Research UK CI 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. Our next breakfast meeting is opened by Dr David Crosby, CRUK Director of Early Detection and Dr Lauren Kerr, CRUK  Early Detection Programme Manager. The topic of this month's meeting will be "Thinking big: Cancer early detection in 2027 - goals and barriers to progress".

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Clinicians meet STEM Scientists: Novel tools for lung cancer early diagnosis and therapy

Date: Monday 24th April 2017
Time: 17:00 - 18:30
Venue: Maxwell Centre, Cavendish Laboratory, JJ Thomson Avenue CB3 0HE Cambridge

Join the Early Detection Programme for the 'Clinicians meet STEM Scientists' event series focusing on idea sharing between clinical and physical scientists, in the field of early cancer detection.

Speakers
Dr Robert Rintoul: Consultant respiratory physician in thoracic oncology at Papworth Hospital, Cambridge and Honorary Visiting Senior Fellow in the University of Cambridge. Robert is currently the lead clinician for cancer at Papworth Hospital and Director of the Papworth Hospital Clinical Trials Unit Collaboration. The focus of his work is around clinical trials and translational research in malignant mesothelioma and the early detection of lung cancer.

Dr Daniel Munoz-Espín: Group Leader, Early Detection Programme. Daniel's laboratory focuses on the fundamental mechanisms and processes that lie at the origin of lung cancer. In particular, the interplay between cellular senescence and cellular plasticity, and the role of cancer stem cells. He aims to translate this knowledge using diagnostic and therapeutic tools based on novel mesoporous silica nanoparticles targeted to senescent cells.

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Breakfast meeting: Improving management and diagnosis of Barrett’s oesophagus and early oesophageal carcinoma

Date: Thursday 13th April 2017
Time: 08:00 - 09:00
Venue: Cancer Research UK CI 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. Our next breakfast meeting is opened by Dr Massimiliano Di Pietro, MRC Senior Clinician Scientist and Gastroenterology Consultant at Addenbrooke’s Hospital with a specific interest in early detection of upper gastro-intestinal cancer, on the topic "Improving management and diagnosis of Barrett’s oesophagus and early oesophageal carcinoma".

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Love your lifestyle

Date: Sunday 26th March 2017
Time: 11:00 - 16:00
Venue: 
Cancer Research UK CI, Robinson Way, Cambridge CB2 0RE

As part of the Science Festival Cambridge Biomedical Campus open day, from test tube to treatment, join members of the Cambridge Early Detection programme for a fun, interactive game looking at lifestyle factors which could contribute to risk of cancer development. Aimed at children in KS1 and KS2.

Many other activities are planned for this Biomedical Campus wide event. Further details may be found here.

Cambridge Cancer Center Postdoc meeting

Date: Friday 17th March 2017
Time: 09:00 - 18:00, followed by drinks and dinner
Venue: Cancer Research UK CI (dinner at Clare College)

This meeting is aimed at all cancer-related postdocs across Cambridge and has been planned and organised by a committee of postdocs from different departments and institutes. Dr Daniel Muñoz-Espín will be one of the speakers at the event.

Cambridge Science Festival: Is earlier necessarily better?

Date: Wednesday 15th March 2017
Time:
18:00 - 19:30
Venue:
McCrum Lecture Theatre, Eagle Pub Archway (behind Eagle pub), Bene't Street, Cambridge, CB2 3QN

Following our successful Festival of Ideas event on the topic 'Are health tests really a good idea?' we are delighted to announce our plans to reprise this event at the Cambridge Science Festival on 15th March. The format of the event will be similar,showing excerpts from the BBC Horizon programme to stimulate panel and audience discussion, although the focus will be slightly more scientific. The date is set and the venue is booked so if you couldn't be there last time don’t miss it this time!

For more information please visit http://www.sciencefestival.cam.ac.uk/events/earlier-necessarily-better

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Breakfast meeting

Date: Thursday 9th March 2017
Time: 08:00 - 09:00
Venue: Cancer Research UK CI 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. If you or your colleagues are involved in early cancer detection in any way please join us for an informal and pleasant start to the day. This month's breakfast meeting is opened by Davina Gale on the topic "Non-invasive cancer diagnostics".

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ELRIG Networking Event - Nano delivery of Medicines

Date: Wednesday 8th March 2017
Time: 18:00 - 20:30
Venue: AstraZenenca (Darwin Building), 310 Cambridge Science Park, Milton Road, Cambridge CB4 0FZ

ELRIG is pleased to announce our first free-to-attend networking event of 2017 in the Cambridge area. We continue our focus of developing networking opportunities for unmet scientific or technical challenges. The March event will focus on the challenges of nanodeliveries for therapeutics and will involve informal presentations by guest speakers followed by a free food and drinks reception to facilitate further networking. This event will feature presentations from:

Dr Stefano Pluchino - Department of Clinical Neurosciences University of Cambridge
Dr Daniel Muñoz-Espín - Department of Oncology Hutchison MRC Research Centre

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Breakfast meeting

Date: Thursday 9th February 2017
Time: 08:00 - 09:00
Venue: Cancer Research UK CI 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. This month's breakfast meeting is opened by Daniel Muñoz-Espín on the topic "Nanotechnology in cancer diagnosis and therapy".

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Early Detection Annual Symposium

Date: Monday 16th January 2017
Time: 14:30 - 18:30
Venue: Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute, Li Ka Shing Centre, Robinson Way, Cambridge CB2 0RE.

This is an opportunity for researchers across Cambridge and further afield who are engaged with our programme to showcase their latest research and engage in key debates related to early detection.

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Breakfast meeting

Date: Thursday 12th January 2017
Time: 08:00 - 09:00
Venue: Cancer Research UK CI 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. This month's breakfast meeting is opened by Sarah Bohndiek on the topic "The role of imaging in early detection".

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Breakfast meeting

Date: Thursday 8th December 2016  
Time: 08:00 - 09:00 
Venue: Cancer Research UK CI 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. This month's breakfast meeting is opened by Maria Alcolea on the topic "Which model systems are useful for early detection?".

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Infographics launch party

Date: Tuesday 6th December 2016 
Time: 18:00 - 19:30 
Venue: The Maxwell Centre, Cavendish Laboratory, JJ Thomson Avenue, Cambridge CB3 0HE

The aim of the infographics is to address some of the knowledge gaps that have been identified to exist across the clinical / physical science divide and encourage greater understanding and collaboration.

Click here to download the infographics.

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Cambridge Festival of Ideas: Is earlier necessarily better?

Date: Monday 24th October 2016
Time: 17:00 - 18:30
Venue:
McCrum Lecture Theatre, Eagle Passage (behind Eagle Pub), Bene’t Street, Cambridge CB2 3QN

The Cambridge Cancer Centre Early Detection programme invites you to explore the wider issues surrounding earlier cancer detection. Using excerpts from the BBC Horizons programme “Are health tests really a good idea” we will look at the use of cancer screening tests and an invited panel of experts representing the social, legal, anthropological, psychological, ethical and medical fields will debate the issue with the audience.