CCRI at the Interface: symposium and 25th anniversary 07.06.2013

Paediatric Cancer Research at the Interface: Celebrating the 25th anniversary of the CCRI

We would like to announce that our 2-day expert symposium will be held at the Austrian Academy of Sciences on 7-8 June, 2013. At the same time, it is a great honour to announce that we will celebrate our 25th anniversary.

Modern biomedical research is moving from fragmented to holistic approaches to understand and manage complex diseases such as cancer. Paediatric oncology has always been at the forefront of research and treatment. Due to the rarity of individual childhood cancers, networking between all stakeholders (academia, industry, patients/parents, funding agencies, regulatory bodies and government) across borders is necessary to enable basic and clinical research, access to and quality of treatment, and individualisation of therapy. Individualised therapy, however, requires a deep and comprehensive biological understanding of disease mechanisms, and depends on our ability to predict the response to targeted perturbations of the biological system “disease” on the cellular and organismal levels. This can be achieved by the close collaboration between wet lab researchers, bioinformaticians, modelers and mathematicians, and clinical researchers.

Based on the active and leading involvement of the Children´s Cancer Research Institute into the European Network for Cancer Research In Children and Adolescents (ENCCA) and the European Systemsbiology project on the pathogenic mechanisms of embryonal tumours (ASSET), the INTERFACE symposium shall bring together scientists from various disciplines as speakers and audience to discuss progress and problems in paediatric oncology, and to give an example of a multidisciplinary approach to cancer research and management.

Speakers from the most timely and innovative relevant areas of cancer research will tackle topics that are at the “interface” of oncology to other scientific areas. The INTERFACE meeting should not just be another paediatric haematology/oncology meeting, but a unique occasion to look beyond current research in this field. It will allow to get in touch with representatives of other areas of relevance that may shape paediatric cancer research in the future.

For further details, please click our symposium's webpage which will be online in a few weeks.

Yours sincerely,
Prof. Heinrich Kovar (CCRI's Scientific Director)

To register, please click here.

Paediatric Cancer Research at the Interface

Venue: Academy of Sciences, Dr. Ignaz Seipel-Platz 2, 1010 Vienna