Researchers from across the country joined together to share their research at the Canadian Cancer Research Conference early November at the Vancouver Convention Centre. This is Canada’s only national forum on the entire spectrum of cancer.
“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, laboratory medicine, obstetrics and gynecology 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.”
This year’s meeting will feature several important topics such 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. The planning of the scientific program was led by three notable cancer scientists; Dr. Gerald Batist from The Segal Cancer Centre and McGill University, Dr. Shoukat Dedhar from The BC Cancer Agency and The University of British Columbia and Dr. Christine Friedenreich from The Alberta Health Services and The University of Calgary.
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.
The “Celebration of Science” lecture took place on Monday, November 6. This public event showcased 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. Eaves shared 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.
Access the scientific program here: http://conference.ccra-acrc.ca/.
Learn more about the Canadian Cancer Research Alliance (CCRA), visit: http://www.ccra-acrc.ca