Talking cancer research at the NCRI conference
Our earlier post about patient involvement in research reminds us to mention the upcoming National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI) cancer conference, being held in Liverpool on 1st-4th November 2015 and open for registration now. Dr Helen Rippon, Head of Research at Worldwide Cancer Research, tells us a about the valuable role of this conference.
Co-ordinating cancer research
NCRI is a partnership of all the major funders of UK cancer research, including the NHS, the larger charities and the government research councils. Worldwide Cancer Research has been a member since NCRI started in 2001. By promoting collaboration between the different funding bodies NCRI helps co-ordinate cancer research within the UK, eliminate any duplication and address the big issues.
NCRI also runs the biggest, broadest and most inclusive annual cancer research conference in the UK. It covers the whole spectrum of cancer research - from bench to bedside - and brings together people from every community involved. Scientists, doctors, nurses, specialist healthcare workers, students, patients, research funders, trial managers, the pharmaceutical industry – everyone is represented. As usual the speakers this year include past and present Worldwide Cancer Research grant-holders, such as Dr Sergio Quezada and Professor Kristian Helin.
NCRI don’t simply permit people affected by cancer to attend; they actively encourage it and make efforts to de-mystify the science for non-experts. If you’re interested, the ‘lay’ delegate fee is a pretty reasonable £150 for the four day conference, and the programme and registration details can be found on the conference page. There are also a small number of bursaries offered by NCRI to help cover the cost of travel, registration and accommodation for cancer patients or carers who are involved in research.
If you want to get a quick snapshot of the leading edge of cancer research today, in our opinion the NCRI conference is one of the best ways to do it. We always occupy a stand in the exhibition area, so if you do come along, please swing by and say hello!