Beatson International Cancer Conference

The Cartography of Cancer: Mapping Tumours in 3D

Sunday 12th July - Wednesday 15th July 2020
Glasgow, Scotland


The Beatson International Cancer Conference series is a relaxed and friendly meeting where delegates and invited speakers interact on both a scientific and social basis. We encourage speakers to stay for the duration of the conference to help to ensure this interaction.

Aims of the conference

Much of our understanding about the molecular mechanisms of cancer initiation, progression and spread stems from methods that involve the dissociation of tissue and, unfortunately, the loss of spatial information either within the tumour, or in relation to the tumour microenvironment. Recent technological advances are now making it possible to preserve spatial coordinates and still extract functional molecular information. We can now interrogate cancer genetics, metabolism, microenvironment and immunology in space and time with unprecedented breadth and depth. This is underpinned by emerging technologies to address fundamental questions about the cellular and metabolic rewiring that occurs during tumour development, to get a deeper understanding of how these networks are modified by cancer treatment and ultimately help us perform 'the cartography of cancer'.

We have developed a strong programme of world-leading speakers themed around these five key research areas and are encouraging early career researchers to submit their abstracts for consideration as soon as possible.

Once again, the conference will be held at the beautiful University of Glasgow – a successful venue for many previous Beatson conferences. The scientific content of the conference is guaranteed to stimulate, and there are some events arranged to give you a taste of the culture and warmth of Glasgow and the West of Scotland.

If you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact the conference administrator,

Programme Overview

Keynote speakers:
Greg Hannon (UK)
Josephine Bunch (UK)

Metabolic mapping:
John Le Quesne (UK), Ralph DeBerardinis (USA), Zoltan Takats (UK), Alec Kimmelman (USA)

Mutation mapping:
Charlie Swanton (UK), Trevor Graham (UK), Rebecca Fitzgerald (UK), Gareth Inman (UK)

Val Weaver (USA), Fran Balkwill (UK), Cristina Lo Celso (UK), Giorgio Scita (IT)

Immunology mapping:
Michael Angelo (USA), Ed Roberts (UK), Edwin Hawkins (AUS), Leo Carlin (UK)

Elizabeth Hillman (USA), Michael Sheetz (SG), Vasilis Ntziachristos (GER), Rosalie Sears (USA), Yi Feng (UK), David Lewis (UK)




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