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More knowledge needed to fight cancer

The University of Dundee has revealed that knowledge-sharing and greater cooperation are crucial in combating cancer
The University of Dundee has revealed that knowledge-sharing and greater cooperation are crucial in combating cancer ahead of a conference that will take place on June 12.

The Dundee Cancer Research Conference will see the issue being raised as one of the main focuses of the event and aims to encourage collaboration between experts working in different areas of oncology.

Dr Jean-Christophe Bourdon, at the University of Dundee, explained that this year's conference should help establish a global cancer research network that facilitates the sharing of developments in the fight against the disease.

"In Europe, cancer is one of the biggest threats facing an increasingly aging population," he said, "so advancing our understanding of the disease is one of the main concerns facing medical science."

"Dundee is at the forefront of international cancer research and is the ideal location to host this crucial event."

About 250 delegates, including scientists, doctors and clinicians, are expected to attend the conference that will see two leading researchers present new data relating to potential cancer treatments.

Anne-Catherine Prats, co-director of the Institut de Medecine Moleculaire de Rangueil in Toulouse, will present findings from studies into the tumour suppressor P53 gene. Louis Buscail, professor of gastroenterology at the Paul Sabatier University is scheduled to talk about the potential of a new cell-based gene therapy for treating pancreatic and liver cancers.

Bourdon said the conference "will bring together academics and scientists from both institutions with the aim to improve communication between researchers and ultimately increase the success of cancer diagnosis and treatment."

Both Toulouse and Dundee universities are already involved in an initiative, led by Inserm (Institut National de la Sante et de la Recherche Medicale,) which seeks to create an international network of research centres. The University of Dundee has already established one such laboratory.

Karen Tocher, of the Dundee & Angus Convention Bureau, said that hosting the event in the city serves as testament to the university's reputation for cancer research.

10th June 2008

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