Global Oncology Interest Group

Let's Team Up for Cancer Research on World Cancer Research Day; Registration Open for Virtual Event

  • 1.  Let's Team Up for Cancer Research on World Cancer Research Day; Registration Open for Virtual Event

    Posted 09-18-2020 15:19
    On September 24, a multinational consortium of organizations in the cancer field will host the annual World Cancer Research Day, which aims to raise awareness about the importance of further developing and boosting cancer research as a crucial part of slowing the diseases' progression and improving survival rates and quality of life for those affected. This is particularly important as the total number of cancer cases rising.

    Word Cancer Research Day Virtual Event

    As part of the awareness-raising campaign, Her Majesty Queen Letizia of Spain and the Spanish Association Against Cancer (AECC) and AECC Scientific Foundation are hosting a virtual roundtable in which representatives from multiple organizations will discuss the importance of continuing to investigate cancer treatments and cures and of doing so as a team.

    The "Team Up for Cancer Research" roundtable discussion will be held on September 24 from 11 AM to noon (ET) and will be conducted in English with subtitles in Spanish. The two-part event will focus on COVID-19 pandemic lessons learned, short- and long-term consequences on cancer research, and management of patients with cancer. The first half of the discussion will focus on collaborative efforts in cancer research and international initiatives.

    ASCO member David Kerr, MD, professor of cancer medicine at University of Oxford in the United Kingdom, will be a featured speaker in the second part of the discussion about the impact of COVID-19 on cancer research. He and will be discussing SARS-CoV-2 effects on cancer control in the clinic; working towards a vaccine; and vaccine effects in cancer patients.

    Dr. Kerr also was a featured speaker on the May 5 session of ASCO's global webinar series on cancer care during COVID-19, during which he spoke about the "Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on Research."

    Joining Dr. Kerr will be:

    • Andrés Cervantes, European Society for Medical Oncology president-elect
    • Caroline Dive, European Association for Cancer Research president and deputy director, Cancer Research UK Manchester Institute
    • Satish Gopal, National Cancer Institute's Center for Global Health director
    • Antoni Ribas, American Association for Cancer Research president

    The discussion will be moderated by the U.S. National Cancer Institute's Nelvis Castro and will have keynote speakers Elisabete Weiderpass, director of International Agency for Research on Cancer, and Ramón Reyes, president of AECC and AECC Scientific Foundation.

    Register today for the free World Cancer Research Day event.

    Sarah Bachmann
    American Society of Clinical Oncology
    Alexandria, VA