The Tumour Microenvironment & Regulatory Cells

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CPD Hours: 8 hours

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This exciting one-day symposium focuses on the tumour microenvironment. It will consider both the fundamental biology of the cellular interactions within the tumour microenvironment and their translational potential, drawing on the expertise of world-class speakers who are all actively engaged in research within this rapidly evolving area of tumour immunology.

This symposium will provide an ideal opportunity for networking, aiming to bring together both international authorities in tumour immunology and more junior members of the profession, who will be able to present their work in a friendly environment – either by oral or poster format.

This is an event not to be missed if you have an interest in tumour immunology!  

Refreshments and lunch will be provided in the setting of the widely acclaimed Camden Lightwell of the Royal Veterinary College, an academic institution with over 200 years of heritage in veterinary medicine and bioscience.  


08:30 – 09:10: Registration and refreshments
09:10 – 09:15: Introduction by Chair, Professor Oliver Garden
09:15 – 09:45:

Indirect anti-cancer activities of PI 3-kinase inhibitors: exciting new therapeutic avenues

  Professor Bart Vanhaesebroeck, University College London Cancer Institute
09:45 – 10:15: Promotion of tumour immunity via the reciprocal influences of blood vessels and immune cell activation: two’s company, three’s a crowd?            
  Professor Awen Gallimore, Institute of Infection and Immunity, Cardiff University
10:15 – 10:45: The tumour microenvironment and cancer-induced bone disease: who does what?
  Dr Claire Edwards, Botnar Research Centre, University of Oxford
10:45 – 11:15: Mid-morning break and poster / exhibit viewing session
11:15 – 11:45: Immunotherapy of cancer: the final frontier?
  Dr Stephen Beers, Cancer Sciences Unit, University of Southampton
11:45 – 12:45: Three abstracts presented in oral form (20 minutes per abstract)
12:45 – 14:15: Lunch, networking and poster / exhibit viewing session
14:15 – 14:45: Hypoxia, DNA damage response and the cancer microenvironment: new angles on an old theme?
  Dr Ester Hammond, CRUK/MRC Oxford Institute for Radiation Oncology
14:45 – 15:15: Leukaemic stem cell interactions with the microenvironment: friend or foe?
  Professor Dominique Bonnet, Cancer Research UK, London Research Institute
15:15 – 15:45: Afternoon break and poster / exhibit viewing session
15:45 – 16:15: Wnt signalling in cancer and the tumour microenvironment: let’s rock!
  Dr Aamir Ahmed, Centre for Stem Cells & Regenerative Medicine, King's College London
16:15 – 16:45: Open panel discussion / ‘meet the speakers’
16:45 – 17:00: Presentation of awards to oral presenters
             17:00: Close of meeting


Allocations of all abstracts are determined by the abstract review committee of the meeting. 

Only registered delegates may present abstracts and submissions should be accompanied by a completed registration form and the appropriate registration payment. 

Authors' names should be submitted in the format ' A.B. Smith'. The submitting author MUST be the presenting author. The title of the abstract should be a maximum of 150 characters. 

Please ensure that the first word of your title starts with a capital letter. All other words (apart from proper nouns) should be in lower case. Do not type your title in CAPITAL letters. 

The abstract may be a maximum of 300 words. Abstracts exceeding this limit will be truncated.

Abstracts must be typed single spaced in the style and format indicated below using Microsoft Word for Windows (PC version). 

The abstract should be 180mm in width and we suggest that you use Times New Roman 12 font, though type face may be reduced at our discretion. 

All potential contributors should supply the following information in the following order:

1) Title of contribution - first word using capital letter: do not embolden
2) The names of all authors (the name of the presenter MUST be underlined)
3) Address(es) of contributors, including post code
4) Main text of abstract

Please save your abstract using the first five letters of your surname (e.g. Jones.doc) and return the registration form with your abstract by e-mail, to


Professor of Comparative Medicine and Immunology
The Royal Veterinary College