November 6th, 2017

// Advancing research to reduce the cancer burden at the Canadian Cancer Research Conference

Advancing research to reduce the cancer burden at the Canadian Cancer Research Conference

VANCOUVER, Nov. 6, 2017 /CNW/ - Researchers from across Canada will share discoveries at the 2017 Canadian Cancer Research Conference (CCRC), Canada's only national forum showcasing the entire spectrum of cancer research. The conference, hosted by the Canadian Cancer Research Alliance will be at the Vancouver Convention Centre from November 5–7. It is made possible by the supportership of several organizations, including cancer research funders and industry.

"Research is the only way through which the knowledge needed to decrease the death and suffering from cancer can be gained," said Dr. David Huntsman, Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and Obstetrics and Gynaecology at The University of British Columbia and staff pathologist at the BC Cancer Agency. "The CCRC provides an opportunity for cancer researchers to learn about novel ideas, tools and approaches, liaise with patients, inspire new investigators and trainees, and continue to make progress in our efforts to understand the inherent complexities of cancer."

Planning of the scientific program was led by three notable cancer scientists: Drs. Gerald Batist (Segal Cancer Centre and McGill University), Shoukat Dedhar (BC Cancer Agency and The University of British Columbia) and Christine Friedenreich (Alberta Health Services and The University of Calgary). This year's meeting will feature several important plenaries on topics as diverse as the burden of cancer from the epidemiological, economic, and psychosocial perspectives, the bold new world of cancer immunotherapies, and our growing understanding of the key metabolic changes at play in cancer cells. A slate of research leaders from Canada and abroad will be speaking at the 1,000-delegate conference. Nearly 600 posters will be presented over the three days.

In addition to the scientific program, the conference will host its inaugural Patient Involvement in Cancer Research Program, where patients and caregivers interested in advancing the cancer research agenda by incorporating the patient voice, will learn about the research process, their prospective roles in it, and interact with scientists in the spirit of mutual learning.

The "Celebration of Science" lecture will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. PT on Monday November 6. This public event will showcase the achievements of Dr. Connie Eaves, Distinguished Scientist at the Terry Fox Laboratory, BC Cancer Agency and Professor of Medical Genetics at The University of British Columbia. Dr. Eaves will share her personal journey as a cancer researcher, her own world class research in normal and cancer stem cell biology, and her observations on how our understanding of cancer has evolved over the past half century.

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SOURCE Canadian Cancer Research Alliance


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