Strategic Partnership in Cancer Research

All day
Through March 10, 2016
UChicago Center in Delhi

Mar. 9

The University of Chicago Center in Delhi hosted a meeting on The Formation of a Strategic Partnership in Cancer Research, organized by Professor Marsha Rosner of the University of Chicago and Professor Partha Majumder of the National Institute of Biomedical Genomics (NIBMG), India. The aim of the workshop was to initiate a conversation between researchers at the University of Chicago and at various Indian institutions, geared towards undertaking joint research and capacity-building initiatives in cancer biology. Ultimately, the organizers’ goal is to leverage respective strengths in the areas of genomics, signal transduction, big data analysis, and targeted therapies to advance novel research that will not only have immediate application to cancer diagnosis, prognosis and therapeutic treatment, but will also serve as a model for addressing other diseases.

To maintain the momentum from the first conference and move forward on this initiative, the organizers are convened a follow-up workshop that was focused on Personalized Cancer Treatment, based on innovative medical genomics and immunotherapy. Two cancers were the foci of the majority of investigators attending the conference. Most of the attendees from India were especially concerned with either breast or head and neck cancer, although there is also active research in India in cervical and brain cancers. In addition, two forefront and complementary approaches to cancer analysis and treatment were central themes at the workshop: Medical genomics and cancer immunotherapy. By combining respective strengths in biotechnology, computation and data analysis, as well as human resources, the workshop participants took advantage of an unprecedented opportunity to establish an ongoing collaboration through interdisciplinary teams and make significant progress in this complex disease.