Oesophageal Cancer Symposium 2017: Conference programme

International Oesophageal Cancer Symposium

With worldwide incidence growing at an alarming rate, oesophageal cancer is fast becoming a serious international health problem to which we currently have few solutions. We believe that the only way to tackle the disease is through research – by bringing together scientists from across the research spectrum to shed light on this biologically intriguing disease. Our exciting scientific programme unites world-leaders in the field with experts from allied disciplines, and it is our hope that this unique event will spark new ideas and collaborations which will make a real difference to patients.

In addition to scientific talks, there’ll be panel discussions and short ‘soap-box’ talks. There will also be plenty of opportunities to network during poster sessions, ‘meet the expert’ breakfasts, and career workshops. There will be prizes for the best posters, so please submit an abstract by 7 April.

Thursday 27 April 2017


Session 1: Size of the problem and clinical challenges

  • Prof Hesham El Serag, Baylor College of Medicine, USA
  • Dr Nicholas Shaheen, University of North Carolina, USA
  • Prof Simon Law, University of Hong Kong, HK


Session 2: The tumour context

  • Dr Robert Riddell, Mount Sinai Hospital, Canada
  • Dr Andrew Gentles, Stanford University, USA
  • Dr Matthew Garnett, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, UK
  • Prof Gian Paolo Dotto, University of Lausanne, Switzerland & Massachusetts General Hospital, USA


Session 3: Genomics and beyond

  • Prof Adam Bass, Dana-Farber Cancer Centre, USA
  • Dr Nik Waddell, University of Queensland, Australia


Session 4: Novel imaging technologies

  • Prof Dr Vasilis Ntziachristos, Technische Universitat Munchen, Gemany
  • Dr Satoru Nonaka, National Cancer Centre Hospital, Japan
  • Dr Rebecca Richards-Kortum, Rice University, USA
  • Professor Vicky Goh, King’s College London



Friday 28 April 2017


Session 5: Therapy advances

  • Prof Paul Workman, The Institute of Cancer Research, London, UK
  • Dr Narayanan Gopalakrishna Iyer, National Cancer Centre, Singapore
  • Prof Michel Ducreux, Institut Gustav Roussy, France


 Session 6: Signalling pathways

  • Prof Rick Young, Harvard Medical School, USA
  • Dr Caroline Hill, Francis Crick Institute, UK
  • Prof Xin Lu, Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research (Oxford), UK
  • Prof Neil Perkins, University of Newcastle, UK


Session 7: Towards early diagnosis

  • Prof Rebecca Fitzgerald, MRC Cancer Unit, UK
  • Dr Maria Alcolea, Cambridge Stem Cell Institute, UK
  • Dr Fiona Walter, University of Cambridge, UK
  • Prof Peter Sasieni, Queen Mary University of London, UK
  • Dr Trevor Graham, Queen Mary, University of London, UK

Gala Dinner

Duxford Air Museum, venue for the International Oesophageal Cancer Symposium Gala Dinner

We are delighted to be hosting our gala dinner at the IWM Duxford. This historic airfield and museum of aviation history tells the stories of people who lived and worked at RAF Duxford.

The dinner will be held in the AirSpace exhibition space where you can get up close to some of the most famous aircraft in the world, including the Lancaster, Spitfire, Concorde and Vulcan.

An opportunity to network and meet other delegates and enjoy this unique museum space.

Transport will be provided from the conference venue to dinner venue departing at 7pm.

Return transport will leave at 10:45pm and 11pm travelling via conference hotels and ending at Cambridge city centre.

Research opportunities in oesophageal cancer

Survival rates for oesophageal cancer have barely moved in decades, which is why we’ve made it a strategic priority. We have a broad range of funding opportunities for researchers wanting to focus on the disease.