Ottawa hosts hugely successful Canadian Cancer Research Conference

November 27, 2019

A collage of photos taken at the eventNearly 900 researchers, clinicians, trainees and members of the public recently came together for the Canadian Cancer Research Conference, held for the first time in Ottawa. Plenary sessions focused on novel cancer immunotherapies, cancer genetics & precision medicine and the future of cancer research.

Dr. John Bell co-chaired the conference, while Dr. Barbara Vanderhyden co-chaired the scientific program committee. Dr. Jean-Simon Diallo, Jenn Ganton and Dr. Jen Quizi represented The Ottawa Hospital on the local organizing committee.

The conference also included a public event titled Cancer: Piecing the Puzzle Together. This event included representatives from the medical physics realizeLAB, patient engagement, cancer clinical trials, 3D mammography study, indigenous cancer program, psychosocial oncology, patient and family support, patient decision aids, Let’s Talk Science, BioCanRx and the Diallo lab, among many others.

Check out the public event photo collage, conference twitter stream and keynote public talk from CBC host Lucy van Oldenbarneveld and Dr. John Bell.

The conference was organized by the Canadian Cancer Research Alliance and was proudly sponsored by the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute and many other organizations.

The Ottawa Hospital: Inspired by research. Driven by compassion 

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University of Ottawa: —A crossroads of cultures and ideas

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