UCL Research Domains


UCL Cancer Domain Symposium 2019

The UCL Cancer Domain Symposium, entitled 'Rethinking Cancer', took place on Monday 13 May 2019.

Over 430 people attended the inaugural UCL Cancer Domain Symposium. Speakers and attendees representing a wide range of disciplines across UCL and partner organisations, assembled for the first time at such a large scale to consider challenges and opportunities in cancer research, prevention and treatment, from biological, clinical, technical, economic and societal perspectives.  

Video recordings of the presentations and panel discussions can be found below. They are a great resource, so if you missed the event, or even if you were there, please take a look for a unique insight into some of the most pressing questions and cutting edge research being deployed to beat cancer research and the innovative multi-disciplinary approaches that are being deployed across UCL and beyond. 

A full programme from the day can be found here.

Opening remarks and Session One: Cancer evolution: can we beat Nature?

Opening remarks and Professor Charles Swanton  (UCL Cancer Institute and The Francis Crick Institute) - Cancer evolution, immune evasion and metastatic progression - insights from TRACERx

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Dr Duncan Greig (UCL Department of Genetics, Evolution and Environment) - Microbes as models for cancer evolution

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Professor David Gems (UCL Institute of Healthy Ageing, GEE) - Learning about cancer from an organism that doesn’t get cancer

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Professor Tariq Enver (UCL Cancer Institute) - Origins and evolution of childhood Leukaemia

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Panel discussion with all speakers and moderators 

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Session Two - Early Careers Network session

Dr Marina Parry and Dr Maria Secrier (Cancer Early Career Network Co-chairs) - Introduction to Cancer Early Career Network

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Emma Beecham (UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health) - Exploration of the concept ‘quality of life’ in consultations of children with a high risk brain tumour over the course of the illness

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Monica Koo (UCL Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care) - Common cancer symptoms at presentation and associated stage at diagnosis

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Alexandra Lubin (UCL Cancer Institute) - Targeted therapeutics for AML: automated high-throughput drug screening in zebrafish

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Lydia Neary-Zajiczek (UCL TouchLab) - Using image registration, segmentation and region growing to generate whole sample stiffness maps of cancerous and healthy tissue

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Christopher Steele (UCL Cancer Institute) - Molecular fingerprints of copy number alterations in human cancer

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Yin Wu (UCL Cancer Institute) - Cancer immunology: putting the pedal to the metal

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Session Three – Cancer detection: the earlier the better?

Professor Caroline Moore (Urology, UCL and UCLH) - Prostate cancer detection - benefits and harms of early detection

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Dr Nora Pashayan (UCL Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care) - Risk stratification for population based screening: Optimising the benefit-harm tradeoffs

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Professor Sam Janes (UCL Respiratory Medicine) - Detecting lung cancer earlier: Crawling to the SUMMIT

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Panel discussion with speakers and moderators

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Session Four – The cancer treatment revolution and how we afford it

Professor Marcel Levi (UCL and Chief Executive, UCLH) - New cancer drugs in the 21st century: an acceptable bang for your buck?

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Dr Claire Roddie (Haematology, UCL) - Cellular Immunotherapy for Cancer: better targets, better targeting

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Professor Gary Royle (UCL Department of Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering) - Targeting tumours with protons
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Keynote address: Professor Mariana Mazzucato (UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose) - Bringing public value and purpose to the centre of health innovation: a mission oriented approach

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Panel discussion with speakers and moderators
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Closing remakrs - Professor Mark Emberton
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