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ICR researchers to present on topics from evolution to imaging at UK’s biggest cancer conference

Posted on 30 October, 2014 by Roberto Inchingolo

The biggest conference about cancer in the UK is celebrating its 10th birthday this year and The Institute of Cancer Research will be a central part of it.

The National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI) conference will take place from 2–5 November at the BT Convention Centre in Liverpool.

ICR scientists will present on a wide range of topics including cancer evolution, high-precision radiobiology and tumour imaging. Here is a quick overview of some of the subjects that will be under discussion.

Dr Gerhardt Attard will be discussing an area of growing interest to the ICR - how ‘liquid biopsies’, based on analysing cancer DNA circulating in the blood, could be used to monitor whether a cancer treatment is working, or if it has actually started becoming a driver of disease.

Professor Ian Collins will talk about what makes a target attractive for cancer drug discovery, discussing the experiments and evidence that need to be built up to provide confidence that a protein might represent a suitable target.

Professor Martin Leach will update delegates on new methods to detect tumours, plan treatment and assess response using functional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). His talk will discuss how functional imaging techniques such as diffusion-weighted MRI and magnetic resonance spectroscopy add to information provided by conventional imaging.

Dr Chris Lord will host a session titled ‘DNA repair in cancer biology and treatment’, which will also feature a presentation from Professor Johann de Bono. They will be discussing how the molecular processes involved in DNA repair shape the mutational spectrum of cancers, and how our growing understanding of these processes is shaping cancer treatment.

Professor Kevin Harrington will be particularly busy, giving a presentation about radiobiology and its impact on how radiotherapy is delivered, and hosting a workshop about human papillomavirus and its involvement in head and neck cancer.

In addition to the presentations from our scientists, the ICR will also have a stand at the conference in the exhibitor area (stand number M4, if you happen to be going).

The conference is sold out, but you can still keep up with what’s going on: the ICR will be live tweeting from the floor during the most important talks and events so make sure to follow us on @ICR_London and on #NCRI2014. We will also blog from the conference, covering the news and the highlights of the event.
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