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Type E – Prof Christopher Mathew – Cancer Research Symposium at WITS

The Sydney Brenner Institute for Molecular Bioscience and WITS-MRC Common Epithelial Cancer Research Centre hosted a symposium co-funded by CANSA on 9 February at WITS. The aim of the symposium was to showcase cancer research at WITS, provide networking opportunities and promote research collaborations. The programme covered sessions on Epidemiology and Surveillance, Genetics and Molecular Biology, Pathophysiology and Therapy. Registration and attendance were free.

CANSA’s Head of Research attended the event and staff of the Northern Business Unit of CANSA hosted a CANSA table/stand at the event. The symposium was well organised and attended with 150 delegates. The programme was full and included presentations from researchers in a range of fields of cancer research, including basic science, epidemiology, surveillance, genetics and clinical research, and covering a number of cancers including breast, colorectal, pancreatic, liver cancer and Hodgkin Lymphoma. There was also a poster presentation with 37 posters being submitted. CANSA awarded a prize for the best poster. This was an excellent opportunity to profile CANSA’s role in funding cancer research in South Africa and several Type A researchers, past and present, gave presentations at the event. CANSA’s Head of Research also had the opportunity to talk briefly about CANSA’s funding programme. An important outcome of this meeting will be to identify areas of need as well as opportunity, and in addition, to encourage collaboration and reduce duplication of effort.

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