Institute of Cancer and Genomic Sciences Seminar Series

The Institute of Cancer and Genomic Sciences holds an internal seminar series each week where prestigious speakers, at both local and international level, are invited to present their research. This leads to collaborative working and a sharing of knowledge. Highlighted below are our 2021 speakers:

Friday 25 June - Professor Dr M. Cristina Cardoso, Chair of Cell Biology and Epigenetics at the Department of Biology of the Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany (Host: Dr Grant Stewart) - “Elementary units of DNA replication and repair: a mirror of chromatin higher order structure?”

Friday 11 June - Professor Syed Hussain, Professor and Honorary Consultant in Medical Oncology, University of Sheffield and Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust (Host: Dr Rik Bryan) -  Changing landscape in the management of advanced bladder cancer.” 

Friday 4 June - Dr Alexandros Tzatsos, Associate Professor in the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology and a member of the Cancer Center at the George Washington University School of Medicine in Washington, DC. (Host: Dr Gianmarco Contino) - “Molecular stratification and targeted therapies for pancreatic cancer.”

Friday 28 May - Dr Luke Yates, Research Associate, Department of Infectious Diseases, Imperial College London (Host: Dr Mathew Coleman) - “PIKK-ing apart the DNA damage response: how cryoEM provides a molecular view that rationalises disease mutations and drug design.” 

Friday 21 May - Dr Louise Stone, Senior Editor, Nature Reviews Urology (Host: Dr Rik Bryan) - “What editors want – the Nature of Reviews.”

Friday 14 May - Dr Deena Gendoo, Senior Lecturer in Computational Biology, Centre for Computational Biology (Host: Dr Claire Palles) - “Computational pharmacogenomics to identify cancer and subtype-specific therapies.”

Friday 7 May - Dr John Counsell,Senior Research Fellow at the UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health (Host: Professor Ferenc Mueller) - “Engineering the next generation of genomic medicines.”

Friday 30 April - Prof. Dr. med. Michael Quante,Head of Gastrointestinal Oncology,University of Freiburg, Germany (Host: Dr Claire Palles) - “Lessons from a mouse model of Barrett Esophagus – Translational opportunities in upper GI cancer.”

Friday 23 April - Dr Nicky Whiffin, Sir Henry Dale Fellow and Group Leader, Wellcome Centre for Human Genetics, University of Oxford (Host: Dr Claire Palles) - “Understanding the role of non-coding region variants in rare disease.”

Friday 26 March - Dr Ian Groves, Associate Principal Investigator, Department of Medicine, University of Cambridge (Host: Dr Jo Parish) - “Novel therapeutic strategies to abate human cytomegalovirus-mediated disease in the transplant setting.”

Friday 19 March - Professor Colin Watts, Professor of Neurosurgery, Chair Birmingham Brain Cancer Program (Host: Dr Sovan Sarkar) - “Translating the Science of Gliomas: Current Concepts & Future Challenges.” 

Friday 12 March - Professor Esther Moss, Associate Professor in Gynaecological Oncology, University of Leicester (Host: Professor Sudha Sundar) - “Endometrial cancer: The need for personalised treatment.” 

Friday 5 March - Professor Jan Jacob Schuringa, Department of Experimental Hematology, University Medical Center Groningen, University of Groningen, The Netherlands (Host: Professor Conny Bonifer) - “Dissecting clonal heterogeneity in AML.”

Friday 26 February - Professor Gerard Graham, Gardiner Chair of Immunology / Head of the Chemokine Research Group / Interim Director of the Institute of Infection, Immunity and Inflammation, University of Glasgow (Host: Dr Elaine Leung) - Atypical chemokine receptors in biology and pathology.”

Friday 12 February - Dr Kunal Rai, Associate Professor, MD Anderson Cancer Center/Scientific Director, MD Anderson Epigenomics Initiative (Host: Dr Sovan Sarkar) - “Exploiting Cancer Epigenome for Precision Medicine.”

Friday 5 February - Professor Steve Smerdon, Professor of Structural Biology, Institute of Cancer and Genomic Sciences, University of Birmingham (Host: Dr Paloma Garcia/Dr Clare Davies) - “Structural biology at the ICGS: What we are up to and how you can get involved!”

Friday 29 January - Professor Alan Parker, Professor of Translational Virotherapies, Cardiff University (Host: Dr Elaine Leung) - “From basic virology to precision virotherapies: How to train your oncolytic virus.”

Friday 22 January - Professor Marc Peschanski, Director of Research Emeritus at INSERM, Scientific Director of the I-STEM Institute, Scientific Director of the Center for Stem Cell Studies (Host: Professor Timothy Barrett) - “Harnessing pluripotent stem cells for therapies applicable to rare diseases of genetic origin.”

Friday 15 January - Dr Diu Nguyen, Cancer Biology Scientist, Memorial Sloan Kettering Institute, USA (Host: Dr Rui Monteiro) - "Understanding Post-transcriptional Regulation by RNA-Binding Proteins in Normal and Malignant Stem Cells for Novel Therapeutic Opportunities.”