Front-line: The future of cancer told by the next generation

Medical and Dental Sciences, Research
Saturday 29th September 2018 (19:00-20:30)
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Discover how the next generation of cancer scientists are shining a new light on our oldest enemy, and how the future vision of healthcare is becoming a modern-day reality. Speakers include junior research scientists in genetics, immunotherapy and radiation therapy, as well as patients sharing their experiences with cancer, and what inspired them to become involved in engaging with others.

Join us for this free event to hear fascinating talks and ask your questions. The Thinktank lecture theatre is located on Level 2 of Millennium Point. Entrance for the evening will be to the left of the main Thinktank museum entrance doors (note the museum will be closed). 

This event is free to attend, but donations to Cancer Research UK would be welcome on the night. Places are limited and allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Outline agenda

  • Arrivals from 18:30 to take seats in the lecture theatre
  • Talks from 19:00 to 20:30
  • Event concludes at 20:30

Speaker topics

Agata Stodolna: Organoids in Bowel Cancer

Bowel cancer is the fourth most common cancer in the world and yet, despite therapeutic improvements over the last two decades, survival still sits below 60% in the UK. University of Birmingham researcher Agata Stodolna introduces the challenges of developing novel therapies, and how new genetic editing techniques are already bringing us closer to improved outcomes for patients.

Dr Oliver Pickles: The Evolution of Chemotherapy

Scientific advances have brought new treatments into the clinic for cancer patients. Oncologist and Cancer Research UK researcher Oliver Pickles aims to track the evolution of cancer therapy, from traditional chemotherapy, through to targeted therapy – so called 'Magic Bullets' – and the emergence of immunotherapy.

Matthew Ward: The Physics that's Fighting Cancer

Radiotherapy is one of the most effective and efficient methods for cancer treatment in 21st century medicine, yet it struggles with its reputation within society. Physicist Matthew Ward highlights this issue, the misconceptions that surround it, and how technological advancements are already offering new-found hope for many patients.