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Conference inspires Scots to pursue a career in cancer research

Organisers of the National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI) Cancer Conference in Glasgow are aiming for a long-term legacy, with a special event aimed at school students considering a career in science or medicine.

The (NCRI) Cancer Conference is the UK’s largest professional forum in cancer research and is taking place in Glasgow for the first time at the Scottish Event Campus 4-6 November. Welcoming more than 1,500 delegates, it incorporates more than 500 presentations, from epidemiology and research in the lab, to trials of new treatments and quality of life studies.

Sixth form students from across Scotland, who are considering a career in science or medicine, have been invited to a special event run by NCRI and the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation where they will hear from researchers early in their careers spanning different areas of cancer research. It includes creating a video to pitch a research question to potential funders, allowing them to gain in-depth knowledge of a particular aspect of cancer research as well as learn film-making skills.|

Aileen Crawford, Head of Conventions at Glasgow Convention Bureau, said: “By opening the doors of its conference to school children across the country, NCRI will help inspire the next generation of medical professionals and leave a lasting legacy on both Glasgow and Scotland as a whole.

“As Glasgow is home to the Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre, the UK’s most advanced NHS cancer centre, Team Glasgow are proud to welcome the NCRI Conference to our city. Hosting the NCRI conference in Glasgow for the first time reinforces Glasgow’s position at the forefront of medical innovation and highlights the world-leading research undertaken in our city.”

Professor Owen Sansom, Director of the CRUK Beatson Institute and of the Institute of Cancer Sciences at the University of Glasgow, and Co-Chair of 2018 NCRI Cancer Conference, added: “It’s ten years since the UK’s most advanced NHS cancer centre opened its doors here and the Beatson Institute has built an excellent reputation for cancer research including world-class metabolism studies and renowned in vivo modelling of tumour growth and metastasis.

“What’s really exciting about this conference is that it brings together people from all areas of cancer research, from scientists to clinicians as well as cancer survivors, and enables us to make really important connections across specialisms both UK and internationally.”