Conference Commentary: Keystone Symposia - Cancer Metastasis

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Conference Commentary: Keystone Symposia - Cancer Metastasis

This article was written by DWS's newly-appointed Hypoxia Product Specialist, Omar Hussain (pictured) and is the first in a series of conference commentaries.

I recently started my new post at Don Whitley Scientific as a Hypoxia Product Specialist and my first exhibition took me to the beautiful city of Florence, Italy to attend the recent Keystone Symposia. The meeting was heavily focused on cancer metastasis and the role of metabolism, immunity and the tumour microenvironment. Held over the course of 4 days, the meeting consisted of talks and poster presentations as well as the social networking aspect common to all conferences.

Some of the key moments included the first talk entitled ‘Chromosomal instability and genome plasticity in cancer evolution, immune evasion and metastasis’ delivered by the keynote speaker, Professor Charles Swanton from the Francis Crick Institute. Professor Swanton discussed the importance of early genome doubling and smoking mutations in depth, and gave some great insight into his latest research which was very well-received.

Dr Massimiliano Mazzone (VIB Center for Cancer Biology, Department of Oncology, University of Leuven, Belgium) was more focused on how anti-cancer immunotherapy has provided patients with a promising treatment. Upon speaking to him after his talk, he instantly recognised the Don Whitley Scientific logo as the University of Leuven uses several Whitley Workstations (see our previous blog article detailing the research they are conducting with their Anaerobic Workstations). Dr Mazzone even came over later for a photograph with the H35 Hypoxystation we were exhibiting!

As well as the talks, the posters were of a very high standard - especially several which were presented by PhD students. In addition to PhD students, many researchers visited our exhibition stand and were very impressed with the H35 Hypoxystation; it was great to see the amount of people who recognise Whitley Workstations and what they can be used for.

Don Whitley Scientific will next be exhibiting at the upcoming AACR Annual Meeting, held in Atlanta, Georgia (29th March - 3rd April) so please do come by for a chat at stand # 4012. You can also pick up one of our workstation stress toys and enter our photo competition for the chance to win a £100 Amazon voucher.


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