Feb 13 2018 Posted: 16:50 GMT

Blood Cancer Network Ireland is holding its annual symposium  on Friday 24th May  in University College Cork

“Blood Cancer : Advances in therapeutic strategies and enhanced patient registration to improve outcomes

The aim of the symposium is to provide Irish researchers and clinical staff with the opportunity to hear about the latest research and hottest topics in blood cancer research from international experts and to present their own work in this area.

The scientific focus will be in two key areas:

  • Immunotherapy and targeted therapies
  • Enhanced blood cancer patient registries

This symposium will bring together researchers in the fields of therapeutics development in hematological malignancies with clinical investigators and experts in patient registeries to improve treatment and patient outcomes.

  • There will be an opprotunity for researchers to present posters in the area of immunotherapy, targeted therapies, clinical registries and PROMS .  Prizes will be awared for the best poster presentation.
  • There will be an opportunity for young researchers to meet experts in the field at a "meet the experts" session
  • There will be a session on "Advances in blood cancer research" directed towards patients and their families at the end of the symposium

Abstracts and Posters

Abstracts on research in any area of blood cancers and  in particular abstracts  in the areas of drug discovery, immunotherapy, cancer registration, PROMs measures are welcome . Abstracts should be submitted as a Word Document and should not exceed 350 Words (excluding: Abstract Title/Authors/References – Tables and graphs are not permitted).

All abstracts should be emailed to Sinead Cassidy on sinead@sineadcassidy.com. All abstract submissions will receive an acknowledgment email from Sinead. If you do not receive an acknowledgment email, your email has not been received by Sinead.

DEADLINE FOR ABSTRACTS – 26th April 2019!!

For more details and to register for the symposium please see


Registration fee is €50

Draft Programme 2019

"Blood Cancers: Advances in therapeutic strategies and enhanced patient registration to improve outcomes"                                                                                                               
WGB G05, Western Gateway Building, University College Cork, Friday 24th May
9.00 - 10.00 Registration, poster set up and networking "Meet the Experts" at tea/coffee 
Session 1 – Chair Prof Michael O'Dwyer
10.00-10.05 Welcome (Prof Mary Cahill)
10.05-10.50 Marc Mansour (UCL Cancer Institute, London)                                                            
10.50-11.10 Irish Junior PI/Postdoc/student
11.10-11.30 Tea/Coffee
11.30-12.15 Michael O'Dwyer (National University of Ireland Galway)  
12.15-13.00 Caroline Heckman (Institute for Molecular Medicine, Finland)
13.00- 14.00 Lunch and SFI sponsored poster session
Session 2 – Chair Eva Szegezdi
14.00-14.40 Jude Fitzgibbon (Barts, London)
14.40-15.00 Derville O'Shea(University College Cork/Cork University Hospital)
15.00-15.30 Conan Donnelly (National Cancer Registry,Ireland) 
15. 30- 16.00 Lesley Anderson (Depeuty Director , Norther Ireland Cancer Registry)
16.00-16.30 Tea/Coffee and awarding of SFI sponsored prizes for best poster presentation 
16.30-17.30 Patient session - open to the public - Presentations from Prof Cahill and our Patient advocate and advisory board member Jim Omel (USA)
We look forward  to seeing you at this years symposium!