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World-class cancer experts converge at Singapore scientific conference

09 November 2011

CSI Director Prof Tenen (left) at the conference with invited guest Prof Paul Matsudaira, Mechanobiology Institute Co-Director and Head of the NUS Department of Biological Sciences

Prof Mina Bissell addressing the topic “The microenvironment and the genome in breast cancer: how does tissue architecture inform therapy?”

Following the success of the first and second Frontiers in Cancer Science conference, a third annual conference was held from 31 October to 3 November 2011. This conference was hosted by the Cancer Science Institute of Singapore (CSI) at NUS and jointly organised by Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School, Genome Institute of Singapore, Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology, National Cancer Centre Singapore and the National University Cancer Institute.

Frontiers in Cancer Science 2011 witnessed the convergence of local and overseas cancer research experts and authorities, including an impressive list of partnering schools and institutes. The conference, which took place at NUS’ University Cultural Centre Theatre, saw an overwhelming response with 10 per cent oversubscription, about 500 attendees in all.

The event opened with a Welcome Address by CSI Director Prof Daniel G Tenen. This was followed by a Keynote talk by Prof Joseph Schlessinger, Chair of Pharmacology and Director of the Cancer Biology Institute at Yale School of Medicine, which discussed the “Cell Signaling By Receptor Tyrosine Kinases: From Basic Principles to Cancer Therapy”. Other eminent speakers featured included Prof Mina Bissell, Distinguished Scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory; and Prof Frank McCormick, Director at the University of California, San Francisco Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center. Participation by these international leaders of cancer research greatly boosted the extent of the scientific engagement and exchange at the conference.

Besides the talks, there were also posters and oral presentations by students, post-doctoral researchers and other budding scientists from Singapore and Asia. Being the 3rd annual conference, the Frontiers in Cancer Science 2011 has further established itself as a premier gathering of cancer experts in the region which promotes in-depth discussions and sharing on cancer-related research.

By Cancer Science Institute of Singapore, NUS