NCRI Summer Meeting round-up: imaging, animal welfare, research translation and…much more (including an igloo!)

On Wednesday 20 June we held our second bi-annual Partner’s meeting for 2018. Lots of exciting projects were discussed as part of our strategy to accelerate cancer research. We had a jam-packed agenda for Partners and key stakeholders to share insights and ideas around our collaborative projects. Here’s a round-up of the highlights.

One of NCRI’s strategic goals is to seize opportunities and address challenges. We’re open to hearing your ideas for how the NCRI can further progress towards the goals set out in our five year strategy. Submit your Strategy Expressions of Interest.

NCRI have carried out some scoping work around imaging repositories for cancer research. We’ve identified key barriers and opportunities for the collection, storage and sharing of images for research. Next steps/potential further scoping work will be focused around collaborative working that will add value to existing efforts in this field. Watch this space for future updates.

Prof. Andy Hall gave an update on our pathology initiative (CM-Path). So much has been achieved over the last two years of collaborative working. Find out more about CM-Path.

NCRI’s Living With and Beyond Cancer (LWBC) research initiative: the priority setting partnership we undertook with the James Lind Alliance as part of this was an incredible process: two surveys which gathered 3500 unanswered research questions from patients, carers and healthcare professionals. All these were analysed and shortlisted….in to the top 10 research priorities. And now we’re working with the cancer research community to translate these into high quality research. Find out about the Top 10 LWBC research priorities at NCRI Cancer Conference on Tuesday 6 Nov, spotlight session.

Prof. Paul Workman from the ICR presented a proposal to update the guidelines for the welfare and use of animals in cancer research. This will be a collaborative project between NCRI and the NC3Rs. With the field of cancer research having moved on considerably since these guidelines were last published ten years ago, there’s a clear need to update them. Watch this space for future updates.

Bridging the translation gap: we heard from two organisations working in this field: Life Arc –  a charity specialising in translating science in to greater patient impact, and Medicines Discovery Catapult – a national facility for collaborative R&D. They paved the way for a brainstorm on ways the NCRI can help the community translate cancer research in to patient benefit.

And the igloo?

Lots of new things to look forward to at the 2018 NCRI Cancer Conference …a wellbeing programme, sessions specifically for trainees/junior researchers, a Scottish themed Conference dinner…and an igloo presentation theatre. Check out the full 2018 programme. If you would like to have a chance to influence the content of future NCRI Cancer Conferences then you can take part in our survey or apply to become a Scientific Committee member.

We’re interacting with over a 1000 researchers through our Clinical Research Groups to improve the quality and relevance of research related to cancer. We have a plethora of activities through our Clinical Studies Groups and our Radiotherapy Group (CTRad) has been pivotal in accelerating progress in UK radiotherapy research. With a further three-years of funding secured it is now entering a new and exciting phase. Read more about our progress so far and future plans.

Thanks to all our Partners and speakers for your attendance and input. Our next meeting will be early in 2019.