UCL Division of Surgery and Interventional Science


Engineering advanced 3D (in vitro) models for solid cancer studies Virtual Workshop

Centre for 3D Models of Health and Disease presents the Engineering advanced 3D (in vitro) models for solid cancer studies virtual workshop on 20 July 14:00-18:30

More than 250,000 people are diagnosed with cancer annually in the UK, with approximately 130,000 recorded deaths. Moreover, the cost for the NHS of diagnosing and treating cancer is currently estimated at £9.4b per year and is expected to increase by approximately 60% within the next decade (Cancer Research UK). It is, therefore, essential to optimize treatment both for the benefits of the individual and society. A hallmark of all solid tumours is the so-called tumour microenvironment (TME) which is a cocktail of cellular, biomechanical and biochemical factors which interact in complex and not fully understood ways, promoting the cancer resistance to treatment, progression and metastasis. Advances in biomaterials development and tissue engineering have enabled the construction of advanced 3D in vitro tumours, with can mimic various features of the TME. Such in vitro cancer models are of great importance for cancer research as they are low cost, animal free and high throughput. Furthermore, they can act as platforms for personalised medicine.

The aim of this virtual workshop, organised by the Centre for 3D Models of Health and Disease within the Division of Surgery and Interventional Science at UCL, is to discuss recent advances in biomaterial-based 3D cancer models for various solid tumours. Open discussions, following the keynote talks and flash talks, are expected to serve as an ideal brainstorming exercise, enabling the exchange of ideas and expertise among the scientific community.

Engineering advanced 3D (in vitro) models for solid cancer studies virtual workshop 20 July 2021 14:00-18:30

Workshop Agenda:


14:00-14:10 Introduction and Welcome (Dr Eirini Velliou)

14:10-14:40 Keynote Talk 1: Dr Panagiotis Mistriotis, University of Auburn, USA

14:40-15:10 Keynote Talk 2: Dr Dania Movia, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

15:10-15:40 Keynote Talk 3: Dr Adrian Biddle, Queen Mary University London, UK

15:40-15:50 BREAK

15:50-16:00 Flash talk 1: Dr Mona Shehata, University of Cambridge, UK

16:00-16:10 Flash talk 2: Natasha Aley, UCL, UK

16:10-16:20 Flash Talk 3: Jonathan Temple, University of Liverpool, UK

16:20-16:30: Flash Talk 4: Dr Nicola Contessi Negrini, Imperial College London, UK and Politechnico di Milano, Italy.

16:30-16:40: Flash Talk 5: Dr Judith Pape, UCL, UK

16:40-16:50 Flash Talk 6: Dr Jennifer Ashworth, University of Nottingham, UK

16:50-17:00 BREAK

17:00-17:10 Flask Talk 7: Dr Priyanka Gupta, University of Surrey, UK

17:10-17:20 Flash Talk 8: Dr Claudio Ricci, University of Pisa, Italy

17:20-17:30 Flash Talk 9: Dr Olga Tsigkou, University of Manchester, UK

17:30-17:40 Flash Talk 10: Amy Collins, University of Newcastle, UK

17:40-17:50 Flash Talk 11: Sal Jones, University of Nottingham, UK 

17:50-18:00 Flash Talk 12: Professor Aline Miller, Manchester BIOGEL, UK

18:00-18:30 Open discussion, Q&A on Flash Talks, Brainstorming

Please register above to recieve joining details for the event.

Please note that this is the first of a pair of twinned events from our centre this summer. You can find out about the second event, titled ‘Novel spatial, molecular and imaging approaches to analyse 3D tissue models,’ here.