UCL Cancer Institute


CRUK UCL Centre Events

Find out more about CRUK UCL Centre events, including our multidisciplinary seminar series, events from our partners, and how you can get involved.

For CRUK City of London Centre events see www.colcc.ac.uk/events


CRUK Cancer Immunotherapy Award (CITA) Webinar

Date: Monday 14th September 2020
Time: 10:00-11:00
Location: Virtual seminar hosted on Zoom


  • 10:00-10:30 - Immunological changes shown in cancer patients after COVID-19 infection, Irene Del Molino Del Barrio
  • 10:30-11:00 - Learning a new language during lockdown – R, Amandeep Bhamra

Email CITA Project Manager, Cindy Li, for the Zoom link. 


MCRC - CRUK RadNet Manchester: Radiotherapy - Immunotherapy Research Workshop

Date: Tuesday 15th September 2020
Time: 09:00-12:10
Location: Online meeting via Zoom

Join us to explore how radiotherapy and immunotherapy combinations can be used to overcome the  immunosuppressive tumour microenvironment.

Attendees will:

  • Hear about the latest research from International leaders in radiotherapy and immunotherapy combination research
  • Share knowledge and develop potential future research collaborations with other centres across the country.

Register here



Crick Cancer Research Symposium

Date: Monday 5th - Tuesday 6th October 2020
Time: 09:00-17:00
Location: "Hybrid" event with a limited number of in-person places in the auditorium alongside virtual attendees via Zoom

This two-day biennial symposium which alternates with the larger Crick Cancer Conference will include a keynote from Fiona Watt, FRS FMedSci, alongside a full programme of invited speaker talks, selected short talks and lunchtime workshops run by some of our sponsors.

Poster sessions will take place on a virtual poster gallery and we encourage people to submit their abstracts for short and flash talks and posters.

Please submit your abstract using the attached form to events@crick.ac.uk by 7th September 2020.

Register Here


Cancer Research UK Early Detection of Cancer Conference

Date: Tuesday 6th - Thursday 8th October 2020
Location: London

There will be a series of virtual talks, discussions and networking for everyone working in early detection. You can expect a jam-packed agenda with lightning talks from submitted abstracts, networking sessions, virtual posters and expert panel discussions.

Topics will include:

  • Windows of opportunity for early detection
  • Leveraging risk stratification for early detection
  • The future of designing and delivering early detection trials
  • Making the most of big data – early detection and artificial intelligence

There will also be a panel discussion on emerging opportunities for early detection reflecting on COVID-19.

Key deadlines:

Register Here


Molecular Analysis for Precision Oncology (MAP) Virtual Congress

Date: Friday 9th - Saturday 10th October 2020
Time: 12:00-13:00
Location: Virtual conference

A joint initiative between Cancer Research UK, ESMO and Unicancer, MAP is a leading congress in precision medicine in oncology, established by key opinion leaders in the field (Jean-Charles Soria, Fabrice André and Charles Swanton). Participants can expect to learn how to integrate insights from tumour sample analysis into daily practise, how to seek and identify actionable mutations in patient DNA and how to provide the best possible personalised treatment.

World-recognised congress officers and opinion leaders will discuss a range of topics in the field of molecular analysis for precision oncology, such as; molecular targeting, clonal evolution, epigenetics and new technologies for therapeutic targeting.

Registration is free.

Register Here


CRUK UCL Centre & UCL Cancer Domain Multidisciplinary Seminar Series

Modelling and quantification of mutational processes underlying tumour evolutionDr Maria Secrier, Genetics, Evolution & Environment and Professor Chris Barnes, Cell & Developmental Biology

Date: Thursday 29th October 2020
Time: 12:00-13:00
Location: Virtual seminar hosted on Zoom

The genomes within somatic cells are constantly undergoing changes through mutational processes that affect the information and structure of the chromosomal sequences. These processes underlie ageing, disease and evolution; in cancer they give rise to intra-tumour heterogeneity and drug tolerance. Work performed in the Barnes and Secrier labs employs various statistical modelling and analytic approaches to understand how these mutational processes arise and shape the trajectories of tumour evolution. Methods to infer evolutionary parameters, subclonal tumour architecture, chromosomal instability and dynamics of mutational processes from pre-cancerous stages to advanced cancers will be discussed.

Email us at ci.crukcentre@ucl.ac.uk for the Zoom link. 


CRUK UCL Centre & UCL Cancer Domain Multidisciplinary Seminar Series

Cancer prevention and tobacco use: the role of e-cigarettes - Professors Jamie Brown and Lion Shahab, Behavioural Science and Health

Date: Thursday 26th November 2020
Time: 12:00-13:00
Location: Virtual seminar hosted on Zoom

E-cigarettes remain a controversial issue. Agendas influence interpretation of evidence and summaries of relevant literature often arrive at opposite conclusions. New studies are published almost daily and reviews tend to age quickly. The purpose of this seminar is to review key studies on the behavioural and health effects of e-cigarettes that have been published in the last 5 years, including work from our own group at the Department of Behavioural Science and Health.

Prof Brown will present the latest trends on the use of e-cigarettes by adults in England from the Smoking Toolkit Study. The Smoking Toolkit Study is a detailed household survey of a new nationally representative sample of approximately 1,700 adults each month designed to provide insights into population-wide influences on cigarette smoking, vaping and cessation. Cigarettes are an anachronism. A uniquely lethal but legal product that kills more than half of the people who use them as intended. A key issue in establishing whether e-cigarettes have a role in cancer prevention is whether they can help people to stop smoking cigarettes. To offer a judgment, this talk will triangulate evidence from randomised controlled trials, and individual-level and population-level observational studies.

Prof Shahab will examine the safety/risk profile of e-cigarettes. There has been considerable concern over the last year that e-cigarette use may lead to the development of pulmonary diseases due to the emergence of e-cigarette or vaping associated lung injury (EVALI), in addition to other diseases linked to the potential exposure to harmful toxicants and carcinogens in users of e-cigarettes. This presentation will first address the issue of EVALI, covering likely mechanisms for its development, which appear unrelated to use of standard e-cigarettes. Latest research on relevant toxicant exposure and markers of pulmonary and cardiovascular effects will then be summarised, including evidence from both observational studies and experimental trials. This talk will critically evaluate methodological short-comings in this area to assess in how far concerns regarding the health effects, in particular in relation to cancer, associated with e-cigarette use are supported by the evidence.

Email us at ci.crukcentre@ucl.ac.uk for the Zoom link. 


Multidisciplinary Seminar Series

The CRUK UCL Centre will be reinstating the popular multidisciplinary seminar series later this year in partnership with the UCL Cancer Domain. The series highlights research from a wide range of disciplines throughout UCL and other institutions across London with an aim to forge multi-disciplinary collaborations to the benefit of our cancer research programmes. These seminars have been pivotal to our success in gaining numerous multidisciplinary awards, as evidenced by UCL attaining six of these awards since their inception by CRUK.

Upcoming Seminars in 2020

  • Dr Sahra Gibbon
  • Professor Jasmin Fisher & Dr Matthew Clarke

Examples of our most recent seminars are listed below.

Professor Rob de Bruin
Dr Marc Mansour
Replication stress and cancer: a cause and therapeutic opportunityMedical Research Council Laboratory for Molecular Cell Biology (MRC LMCB)
UCL Cancer Institute
Professor Giuseppe Battaglia
Dr Stefano Angioletti-Uberti 
The dawn of phenotypic medicines: From the physics of multivalent interaction to personalised therapyDept of Chemistry
Faculty of Engineering, Department of Materials, Imperial College London
Dr David Atkinson
Lebina Kakkar
Prostate cancer MRI: routine practice, advanced techniques and improved robustnessMetabolism & Experimental Therapeutics
Professor Alethea Tabor
Dr Kerstin Sander
Chemical Tools for ImagingDept of Chemistry
Dr Emad Moeendarbary
Dr Fabian Spill
Microvasculature Mechanics: From in vitro Microfluidic Models to Computational Simulations Dept of Mechanical Engineering
School of Mathematics, Uni of Birmingham
Professor Guillaume Charras
Dr Guillaume Salbreux
Control of cell and tissue shape by the cytoskeleton: linking molecular mechanisms to mechanicsLondon Centre for Nanotechnology
Professor Chris Clark
Dr Patrick Hales
Advanced Magnetic Resonance Imaging in Paediatric Neuro-OncologyICH Developmental Neurosciences Programme

Dr Kate Ricketts
Professor Quentin Pankhurst

Inorganic nanoparticles: a theranostic agent for cancerResearch Department of Targeted Intervention (London Centre of Nanotechnology)
Dept of Med Phys & Biomedical Eng
Professor Paul Dalby
Dr Qasim Rafiq
Future Targeted Healthcare Manufacturing HubDepartment of Biochemical Engineering
Dr Paul Barber
Professor Tony Ng
Fluorescence Lifetime Imaging Microscopy in Cancer ResearchResearch Department of Oncology