"What causes sarcoma?"
On Thursday 8 September, 71 scientific minds from all over the world gathered at the Royal Society of Chemistry to discuss what causes sarcoma. Hosted by Sarcoma UK, it was our first ever sarcoma basic science symposium and in attendance were researchers and scientists, including Principal Investigators, and Post-Doc and PhD students.
The day was led by Professor Adrienne Flanagan from the University College London’s Cancer Institute and featured a series of talks including one from the Director of Genomic Cancer Medicine, Professor David Thomas, who flew in from Australia especially for the event. It was incredible to see young researchers and experienced scientists all come together to discuss the current sarcoma landscape and kick-start finding answers.
The day ended with an interactive and creative workshop led by Dr Andrea Siodmok, Head of Policy Lab at The Cabinet Office. Andrea had sarcoma herself when she was 18 and she discovered Sarcoma UK through our partnership with 10 Downing Street. As a result of this session, the key research priorities for the next 10 years will be defined. ”What causes sarcoma? It’s the question we are working towards finding an answer for. It’s what our supporters and patients want to know. So we held a research symposium with the best sarcoma scientific researchers in the world…
Sarah McDonald, Sarcoma UK’s Director of Research, said: “We are delighted to host the first basic science sarcoma research meeting for all sarcoma researchers to come together. I hope this is a lightning rod moment in working towards finding the causes of sarcoma. I am excited to see what the researchers do next and how Sarcoma UK can support this. We hope The Sayako Grace Robinson Studentships will grow the research leaders of the future in sarcoma.”