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Professor Johann de Bono to chair NCRI Cancer Conference

Professor Johann de Bono

The ICR’s Professor Johann de Bono will take the prestigious position of Chair of the Scientific Committee for the National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI) annual conference in Liverpool this November.

The NCRI Cancer Conference is the UK’s largest forum showcasing the latest advances in cancer research – and each year gives the honour of chairing the Scientific Committee to one of the country’s leading researchers.

Professor de Bono, Regius Professor of Cancer Research at the ICR and an honorary consultant at The Royal Marsden, has worked hard with the Scientific Committee to put together a wide-ranging and stimulating programme.

The four-day event will feature more than 150 speakers and over 50 informative and interactive sessions – with more than 1,500 delegates expected to attend.

Dedicated tracks for radiotherapy and surgical oncology

Boasting a multidisciplinary programme that showcases exciting scientific developments from around the globe, this year’s conference includes dedicated tracks for radiotherapy and surgical oncology and has encouraged early-career researchers in particular to present their findings.

Plenary sessions, symposia, parallel sessions and workshops will cover six broad themes:

  • Diagnosis and therapy
  • Epidemiology and prevention
  • Healthcare delivery
  • Information, patients and the public
  • Supportive, palliative care, living with and beyond cancer
  • The cancer cell and model system

The NCRI’s Scientific Committee comprises experts in many areas of cancer research and clinical care and comes together several times a year to discuss and decide what key topics and speakers should be featured on the programme.

Other members of the committee include the ICR’s Dr Fiona Hemsley, Director of Research Operations, Professor Kevin Harrington, Joint Head of the Division of Radiotherapy and Imaging, and Professor Chris Lord, leader of the ICR’s Gene Function Team.

Take a look back at the news, blog posts and videos we posted from the National Cancer Research Institute conference in Liverpool in 2016.

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Communicating key advances in cancer research

As Scientific Chair, Professor de Bono will present the opening session of the 2017 conference and introduce the first three plenary speakers. He will also be in attendance for the duration of the conference to talk to delegates and to receive feedback on the conference as a whole.

Professor de Bono said: “The NCRI Cancer Conference is an excellent opportunity to communicate key advances in our field of cancer research with national and international colleagues, enabling critically important dialogue and generating collaborations that are accelerating our ability to translate cancer research into clinical benefit.

“I am delighted to be chairing the Scientific Committee in 2017 and we have worked hard to put together a fantastic programme for this year’s conference.

“There will be an outstanding line-up of world-leading plenary speakers with informative and interactive sessions taking in topics from across the spectrum of cancer research, from basic science to public health. I look forward to the NCRI Cancer Conference and hope to see many of my colleagues from the ICR and The Royal Marsden there.”


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