IACR 56th Annual Conference

Wednesday 26th – Friday 28th February 2020 at the Galway Bay Hotel

Conference Information

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Prof. Patrick G. Johnston Award Registration

Six early stage cancer researchers will presented research to the public and their peers to compete for the Prof Patrick G. Johnston Award For Excellence In Cancer Research Outreach. These six finalists attended a communication workshop prior to this event, where they worked with patient representatives to enhance their communication and outreach skills. The winner was picked on the night by the audience and a judging panel.

Patient Voice in Cancer Research

The Patient Voice in Cancer Research (PVCR) brings cancer researchers and those with a lived experience of cancer together. A Dragons’ Den style event took place in the Galway Bay Hotel on Tuesday 25th February from 16:00 – 19:00pm. For this event they partnered with the National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI)  UK.

Biomedical Sessions

Special Guest Speaker

Dr. Lewis C. Cantley, Ph.D.

Dr. Lewis C. Cantley, Ph.D.

Professor of Cancer Biology in Medicine and is the Meyer Director of the Sandra and Edward Meyer Cancer Center at Weill Cornell Medicine.

Lewis Cantley has made significant advances in cancer research, stemming from his discovery of the signaling pathway phosphoinositide 3-kinase (PI3K) in 1984. His pioneering research has resulted in revolutionary treatments for cancer, diabetes and autoimmune diseases.

The author of over 400 original papers and more than 50 book chapters and review articles, Dr. Cantley is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of the National Academy of Sciences. He graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. in chemistry from West Virginia Wesleyan College (1971) and obtained a Ph.D. in biophysical chemistry from Cornell University (1975).

He conducted postdoctoral research at Harvard University, where he was appointed assistant professor of biochemistry and molecular biology in 1978. He became a professor of physiology at Tufts University in 1985, but returned to Harvard Medical School as professor of cell biology in 1992.

He became chief of Harvard’s new Division of Signal Transduction, and a founding member of its Department of Systems Biology in 2002.

In 2007, he was appointed director of the Beth Israel Deaconess Cancer Center. He joined the faculty of Weill Cornell Medical College and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital in 2012

Confirmed Speakers

Dr. Karl Butterworth

Dr. Karl Butterworth

Lecturer in Translational radiation Biology, Patrick G. Johnston Centre for Cancer Research, Queen’s University Belfast, Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom.

Dr. Catherine de Martel

Dr. Catherine de Martel

International Agency for Research on Cancer, France

Prof. Helen Coleman

Prof. Helen Coleman

Professor of Cancer Epidemiology, Centre for Public Health, Queen's University Belfast

Prof. Mary Helen Barcellos-Hoff, Ph.D.

Prof. Mary Helen Barcellos-Hoff, Ph.D.

Professor and Vice Chair, Research Department of Radiation Oncology, University of California, San Francisco

Prof. Onno Kranenburg

Prof. Onno Kranenburg

Professor of Surgical and Translational Tumor Biology, Cancer Center UMC Utrecht

Dr. Maria Teresa Landi

Dr. Maria Teresa Landi

Senior Investigator, Integrative Tumor Epidemiology Branch, Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics, National Cancer Institute, NIH, Bethesda, MD, USA

Dr. Aideen Ryan

Dr. Aideen Ryan

Research Lecturer in Tumour Immunology in the School of Medicine, Discipline of Pharmacology & Therapeutics at NUI Galway.

Prof. Corrado Santocanale

Prof. Corrado Santocanale

Professor of Molecular Medicine, Centre for Chromosome Biology, NUI Galway

Prof. Joe Duffy

Prof. Joe Duffy

Adjunct Professor in the School of Medicine at University College Dublin and St Vincent's University Hospital, Dublin

Dr. Jacqui Shields

Dr. Jacqui Shields

MRC Cancer Unit, University of Cambridge, UK

Prof. Jane Skok PhD

Prof. Jane Skok PhD

Associate Director of Basic Sciences, Perlmutter Cancer Center, New York University School of Medicine

Prof. Bauke Ylstra

Prof. Bauke Ylstra

Professor in Tumor Genome Analysis, Department of Pathology Tumor Genome Analysis Core, Cancer Center Amsterdam (CCA)

Prof. Amato J Giaccia

Prof. Amato J Giaccia

Director of the Oxford Institute of Radiation Oncology

Dr Robert O'Connor

Dr Robert O'Connor

Head of Research for the Irish Cancer Society

Nursing & Allied Health Science Sessions

Improving Cancer Care and Outcomes

In 2020 as part of the 56th IACR annual conference, the IACR in collaboration with the Irish Cancer Society are delighted to recognise the importance of Social, Nursing, and Allied Health Sciences research in the lives of people with cancer. The conference will, for the first time, host dedicated parallel programme on ‘Improving Cancer Care and Outcomes,’ including sessions on Palliative and End of Life Care; Nutrition and Exercise; and Psycho-Oncology and Patient-Reported Outcome Measures.

Research is pointing to significant opportunities to improve care and outcomes throughout the cancer journey. This meeting will hear from national and international experts drawn from the many researchers and allied health professionals who are actively contributing to advances in this space and will be of interest to those from varied backgrounds, 

including, nursing, dietetics, physiotherapy, psychology, speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, specialist clinicians, and the wider research community.

This is a fantastic opportunity for multidisciplinary researchers and health care professionals at any stage of their career to learn about the most up-to-date cancer research from international experts in the field; network and collaborate with like-minded and multidisciplinary researchers and health-care professionals; disseminate your research findings to the most impactful and relevant audience; and be part of an exciting new initiative of the IACR.

We have a fantastic line-up of speakers, and more speakers are to be announced. Places are limited, so register early. 

 

Confirmed Speakers

Prof. Anna Campbell MBE

Prof. Anna Campbell MBE

Professor of Clinical Exercise Science, School of Applied Sciences, Edinburgh Napier University and Director of CanRehab

Prof. Claire Foster

Prof. Claire Foster

Professor of Psychosocial Oncology and Director of the Macmillan Survivorship Research Group at the University of Southampton

Prof. Pamela Gallagher

Prof. Pamela Gallagher

Professor of Psychology and Head of the School of Psychology at Dublin City University

Prof. Gunn Grande

Prof. Gunn Grande

Professor of Palliative Care, Lead for the Supportive and Palliative Care Research Group at the University of Manchester

Dr. Suzanne Guerin

Dr. Suzanne Guerin

Associate Professor in Research Design and Analysis, School of Psychology, University College Dublin and Vice Chair of AIIHPC’s Palliative Care Research Network

Dr. Netty Kinsella

Dr. Netty Kinsella

Uro-oncology Nurse-Consultant from the Royal Marsden Hospital in London, Honorary Research Associate, Kings College London

Dr. Aoife Ryan

Dr. Aoife Ryan

Senior Lecturer in Nutritional Sciences at UCC and registered dietician

Dr. Jane Walsh

Dr. Jane Walsh

Director of the mHealth Research Group at NUI Galway and the Co-Leader of the Health and Wellbeing Cluster in the Whitaker Institute.

Dr. Bernadette Brady

Dr. Bernadette Brady

Consultant in Palliative Medicine, Tallaght University Hospital, and Research Scholar at the Academic Department of Palliative Medicine, Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services

Richard Stephens

Richard Stephens

Patient Advocate; former Chair of the National Cancer Research Institute Consumer Forum; Co-Editor-in-Chief of BMC’s Journal of Research Involvement & Engagement.

Martina Crehan

Martina Crehan

Patient Advocate; PPI representative and member of the Voices4Care group of the All Ireland Institute of Hospice and Palliative Care (AIIHPC)

Eileen O'Sullivan

Eileen O'Sullivan

Patient Advocate with a specific interest in supporting and contributing to patient involvement in cancer research across the wider cancer ecosystem.

Conference Sponsors

2020 Charity Sponsors

 2020 Educational Sponsors

2020 Gold Exhibitors

2020 Silver Exhibitors

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Education Grants

The Irish Association for Cancer Research will support a limited number of Educational Grants that
will be made available to postgraduate PhD researchers who have been affected by the Covid-19
pandemic. We acknowledge that many of our members have been significantly impacted by the
recent pandemic that may have affected their ability to continue and/or complete research projects.

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