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 opens

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

Welcome from our Scientific Committee

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:
Phil Jones, Wellcome Sanger Institute
TBC
TBC

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

Pro Speaker: Minetta Liu, Mayo Clinic
Con Speaker: 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

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

Poster session

Thursday, October 7, 2021

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

Registration opens

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

Welcome from our Scientific Committee

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:
Stephen Friend, University of Oxford
Daniel Heller, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre
TBC

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

Pro Speaker: Aaron Grossberg, Oregon Health & Science University
Con Speaker: 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, CPO Piemonte
Stacey Fedewa, American Cancer Society
Robert Winn, VCU Massey Cancer Center

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

Closing from our Scientific Committee

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

Poster session

Friday, October 8, 2021

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

Registration opens

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

Welcome from our Scientific Committee

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

Session 4: Models and Systems to Inform Detection

Chair:
Joan Brugge, Harvard Medical School

Speakers:
Thea Tlsty, University of California
Hans Cleavers, Hubrecht Institute
Benjamin Ebert, Dana Farber Cancer Institute

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
Avi Spira, Johnson and Johnson
Usha Menon, University College London

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

Pro speaker: TBC
Con speaker: Xin Lu, Ludwig Cancer Research Oxford

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

Closing from our Scientific Committee

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

Networking