2021 Conference Agenda

The 2021 conference will unite the brightest minds in cancer research to discuss and debate some of the greatest issues in the field. Our multidisciplinary programme combines expertise from across the breadth of cancer research and career stages, together with insights from allied disciplines, to spark new opportunities for collaborative research.

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

15:45 BST
7:45 a.m. PDT

Registration

16:00 BST
8:00 a.m. PDT

Welcome from our Scientific Committee
Andrew Flewitt, University of Cambridge

16:10 BST
8:10 a.m. PDT

Keynote speaker: In conversation with Henry Scowcroft, Cancer Research UK

16:55 BST
8:55 a.m. PDT

BREAK

17:00 BST
9:00 a.m. PDT

Session 1: When and Where Detection Matters: ‘The Tipping Point’

Chair: Christina Curtis, Stanford University

Speakers:
Irene Ghobrial, Dana Farber Cancer Institute
Phil Jones, Wellcome Sanger Institute
Pepper Schedin, OHSU Knight Cancer Institute
Lightning talk:
Daniel Mūnoz Espin, University of Cambridge

18:17 BST
10:17 a.m. PDT

BREAK

18:27 BST
10:27 a.m. PDT

Great Debate: Blood is the only detection medium that matters

Speakers:
Debating for: Minetta Liu, Mayo Clinic
Debating against: Mark Emberton, University College London

19:00 BST
11:00 a.m. PDT

Networking session

19:45 BST
11:45 a.m. PDT

Closing from our Scientific Committee
Andrew Flewitt, University of Cambridge

19:48 BST
11:48 a.m. PDT

Interactive poster and networking session

Thursday, October 7, 2021

15:45 BST
7:45 a.m. PDT

Registration 

16:00 BST
8:00 a.m. PDT

Welcome from our Scientific Committee
Beverly Emerson, OHSU Knight Cancer Institute

16:05 BST
8:05 a.m. PDT

The Don Listwin Award for Outstanding Contribution to Cancer Early Detection

16:20 BST
8:20 a.m. PDT

Session 2: How to detect: emerging technologies for understanding signals over time

Chair: Billy Boyle, Owlstone Medical

Speakers:
Shan Xiang Wang, Stanford University
Daniel A. Heller
, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Stephen Friend, Oxford University and 4YouandMe (nonprofit)
Lightning talk from:
Hannah Brewer, Imperial College London

17:37 BST
9:37 a.m. PDT

BREAK

17:47 BST
9:47 a.m. PDT

Great debate: Emergent properties of the ecosystem are how we’ll understand cancer; a focus on a single cancer cell’s biology is misguided

Debating for: Aaron Grossberg, OHSU Knight Cancer Institute
Debating against: Peter Kuhn, University of Southern California

18:20 BST
10:20 a.m. PDT

BREAK

18:30 BST
10:30 a.m. PDT

Session 3: Early detection in the real world

Chair: Bob Smith, American Cancer Society

Speakers:
Livia Giordano, Centro di Riferimento per l”Epidemiologia e la Prevenzione Oncologica in Piemonte/CPO
Stacey Fedewa, American Cancer Society
Robert Winn, VCU Massey Cancer Center
Lightning talk from:
Spencer Robinson, York and Scarborough Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

19:47 BST
11:47 a.m. PDT

Closing from our Scientific Committee
Beverly Emerson, OHSU Knight Cancer Institute

19:50 BST
11:50 a.m. PDT

Interactive poster and networking session

Friday, October 8, 2021

15:45 BST
7:45 a.m. PDT

Registration

16:00 BST
8:00 a.m. PDT

Welcome from our Scientific Committee
Alice Fan, Canary Center at Stanford

16:05 BST
8:05 a.m. PDT

Session 4: Models and Systems to Inform Detection

Chair: Joan Brugge, Harvard Medical School

Speakers:
Hans Clevers, Hubrecht Institute
Thea Tlsty, University of California
Benjamin Ebert, Harvard University
Lightning talk from:
Carolyn Schutt Ibsen, Oregon Health & Science University

17:22 BST
9:22 a.m. PDT

BREAK

17:32 BST
9:32 a.m. PDT

Panel discussion: What do we do once we detect early?

Chair: Charlie Swanton, The Francis Crick Institute/UCL

Speakers:
Tom Beer, Oregon Health & Science University
Susan Galbraith, AstraZeneca
Usha Menon, University College London
Avi Spira, Johnson & Johnson

18:17 BST
10:17 a.m. PDT

BREAK

18:27 BST
10:27 a.m. PDT

Great Debate: It’s time to give up on human hypothesis-driven research; massive, multimodal data mined by AI is the only way we’ll truly unravel the complexity of cancer early detection

Debating for: Bissan Al-Lazikani, The Institute of Cancer Research/ MD Anderson
Debating against: Xin Lu, Ludwig Cancer Research and Oxford Centre for Early Cancer Detection

19:00 BST
11:00 a.m. PDT

Closing from our Scientific Committee
Alice Fan, Canary Center at Stanford

19:05 BST
11:05 a.m. PDT

Networking session