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. 

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 

Imran Haque, USA 

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:

Aaron Thrift, Baylor College of Medicine

Violet Kayamba, University of Zambia School 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: Maria Secrier, University College London and Daffolyn Rachael Fels Elliott, University of California San Francisco

Speakers: TBC

18:10 

Drinks Reception and Poster Session 

 

19:20 

Conference Dinner 

Quaglino's

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 Francesca Ciccarelli, Francis Crick Institute 

Speakers:

Nick Clemons, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre 

Tom Hudson, AbbVie

Neil Carragher, The University of Edinburgh

 

10:30  Break

11:00  

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

Chairs: Lizzy Smyth, The Royal Marsden and Daniel Hochhauser, University College London Hospital

Speakers:

Bissan Al Lazikani, Institute of Cancer Research

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

Andrea Sottoriva, Institute of Cancer Research

12:45 

Lunch and poster session

14:15 

Session 6: How can we exploit the tumour microenvironment?

Chairs: Tim Underwood,  University of Southampton and  Naureen Starling, The Royal Marsden

Speakers:

Thea Tlsty, University of California, San Francisco

Rupert Langer, University of Bern 

Sarah Dirks , VU University Medical Center Amsterdam

 

16:00  

Break

16:30  

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

Chairs: Peter Sasieni, Queen Mary University of London and Rehan Haidry University College London Hospitals 

Speakers:

Christian Abnet, National Cancer Institute 

Thomas Wang, University of Michigan

 Danail Stoyanov, University College London

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.