Oesophageal Cancer Symposium 2019: Conference programme

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 a Future Leaders session. 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 31 January 2019.

Monday 29 April 2019

08:00 – 09:30 

Registration & Posters

09:30

Conference starts

Rebecca Fitzgerald, University of Cambridge

Laurence Lovat, University College London 

09:50 

Keynote 

10:50   

Break

11:20 

Session 1: How should we approach the global epidemic of oesophageal cancer?

Chairs: Helen Coleman, Queens University Belfast, and Laurence Lovat, University College London  

Speakers:

Paul Kelly, Queen Mary University of London 

Aaron Thrift, Baylor College of Medicine  

Ludmil Alexandrov, University of California, San Diego  

 

13:35 

Lunch and poster session

14:50 

Session 2: What are the cellular and molecular drivers of Barrett's and OAC?

Chair: Xin Lu, University of Oxford and Stuart MacDonald, Queen Mary University of London

Speakers:

Inigo Martincorena, Wellcome Sanger Institute 

Thomas Meyer, Max Planck Institute

Marnix Jansen, University College London

 

16:35   

Break

17:05 ​

Session 3: Future Leaders

Chairs: TBC 

Speakers:

 

18:10 

Drinks Reception and Poster Session 

 

19:20 

Conference Dinner 

Venue TBC 

Tuesday 30 April 2019

08:00

Meet the Expert breakfast

 

08:45

Conference starts

08:45

Session 4: How can we build a more robust translational pipeline?

Chairs: Rebecca Fitzgerald, University of Cambridge and TBC 

Speakers:

Nick Clemons, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre 

Tom Hudson, Ontario Institute for Cancer Research

Neil Carragher, The University of Edinburgh

 

10:30  Break

11:00  

Session 5: How can biology drive the development of new therapies?

Chairs: Daniel Hochhauser, University College London Hospital and TBC

Speakers:

Andrea Sottoriva, Institute of Cancer Research

Russell Petty, University of Dundee and Tom Crosby, Velindre Cancer Centre

12:45 

Lunch and poster session

14:15 

Session 6: How can we exploit the tumour microenvironment?

Chairs: Tim Underwood,  University of Southampton and TBC 

Speakers:

Rupert Langer, University of Bern 

 

16:00  

Break

16:30  

Session 7:  How can early detection and prevention strategies be improved?

Chairs: TBC 

Speakers:

TBC

17:55

Conference ends 

Professor Rebecca Fitzgerald, University of Cambridge

Laurence Lovat, University College London 

Contact us

Aurora Callaghan

Research Events Manager

Oesophagealsymposium@cancer.org.uk

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.