SRUK cancer networking series – UK (Manchester)


Do you want to meet world-renowned experts in cancer research? Come and join us for the 1st Cancer Research Networking Day on the 16th of November in Manchester!

The SRUK Cancer Committee is launching for the first time the SRUK Cancer Networking Series to promote an European network of young researchers within the cancer field. These events aim to promote scientific discussion and collaborations between cancer researchers in the UK, Germany and Spain, and also brings together world-leading cancer institutions from these countries. This has been possible due to the partnership with our friends in Germany, CERFA. This Series consists of two networking days: the first to be held in the UK and the second in Spain (Early Summer 2020) both in world-leader hubs for cancer research; Manchester Cancer Research Centre (MCRC) and the Spanish National Cancer Research Centre (CNIO), respectively.

This UK one-day event will include talks by British keynote speakers and early career researchers from Spain and Germany, Women in STEM discussions, networking and interactive activities including; meet the expert and career and funding opportunities.

This event is free to attend and everyone is welcome. However, due to the high relevance of the topic, we anticipate a large audience and therefore registration is required.



Programme: (all speakers confirmed)

09:00-09:30 Registration

09:30- 09:45 Welcome – Prof Rob Bristow (Director of the Manchester Cancer Research Centre)

09:45 – 10:50 Session I: Metastasis

Laura Machesky. Beatson Institute. Glasgow

Title:Mechanosensing and actin dynamics driving cancer metastasis

Violeta Serra. Vall D´Hebron Institute of Oncology (VHIO). Barcelona

Title: Mechanisms of sensitivity and resistance to PARP inhibitors in breast cancer

Jacob Insua Rodríguez , Hi-STEM. Heildelberg.

Title: Stress signaling promotes a pro-metastatic and chemoprotective ECM niche in breast cancer cells

10:50 – 11:30 Funding and collaborative opportunities: CRUK (Lorenzo de la Rica), CRIScancer (Jesús Sánchez), FC-AECC (Vanesa Abon)

11:30 – 12:00 Coffee break (+ meet the expert)

12:00 – 13:10 Session II: Cancer Metabolism

Andrew Finch. MRC Institute of Genetics & Molecular Medicine. Edinburgh

Title: Aspartate corrects mitochondrial redox imbalance in respiration-deficient cells

Cristina Muñoz Pinedo. Bellvitge Biomedical Research Institute (IDIBELL). Barcelona

Title: A pro-inflammatory signature induced by nutrient deprivation and anti-metabolic therapy

Alejo Efeyan.  CNIO. Madrid

Title:Oncogenic Rag GTPase signaling links cellular nutrients with the lymphoma microenvironment.


13:10 – 14:00 Lunch (+ meet the expert)

14:00 – 15:10 Session III: Tumour microenvironment

Claus Jorgensen, CRUK-Manchester Institute. Manchester


Maria Muñoz Caffarel. BioDonostia. San Sebastian

Title: Activation of Cancer Associated Fibroblasts by the pro-inflammatory cytokine OSM contributes to breast cancer progression.

: Fernando Calvo . Institute of Biomedicine and Biotechnology of Cantabria (IBBTEC). Santander.

Title: Defusing CAFs: Signalling circuitries controlling the emergency of tumour promoting cancer-associated fibroblasts

15:10 – 16:00 Gender Equality in Research – Roundtable. SRUK (Judit García), Athena Swan ( Suzanne Johnson & Lynne Hampson), ASEICA-women (María Muñoz C.)

16:00 – 16:30 Conclusions


The participant funding bodies (CRUK, CRIScance, FC-AECC) will offer during the day a 1-2-1 sessions for further discussion about funding opportunities in the UK and Spain. If you are interested, please, show at the registration your interest. We will request your CV previous to the day in preparation to those session.

We have designed different interactive activities during the day to boost the collaborations between the participants as polls or informative badges.

In order to facilitate the attendance of members of SRUK residing outside Manchester, we are offering microgrants to provide partial support of travel expenses. If you are attending the event, you can apply for a microgrant until 8th November at the registration platform. The value of the microgrants depend of the SRUK constituency of origin:

London – £50 / SouthWest – £50 / Oxford – £50 / Cambridge – £50 / North Ireland – £50 / Midlands – £30 / North East – £30 / Yorkshire – £15 / Scotland – £15 / North West – £5

The selection will be carried out by seniority, prioritising first last year PhD students, postdocs, early career researchers and finally early students and senior members of SRUK. We will confirm the award of the microgrant by 13th NOvember at the latest and the funds will be transferred after the event.

For any further information please contact [email protected]


Sponsors: Fundación Ramón Areces, Manchester Cancer Research Centre, CERFA, IDIBELL, CRIScancer, BACR.