FICAN West Science Day


April 24, 2024    
8:30 am - 4:00 pm
FICAN West Science Day

April 24th at 08:30-16:00
On-site event
Vierailu- ja innovaatiokeskus Joki

Welcome to 2nd FICAN West Science Day – Translational cancer research co-operation

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8.30-9 Coffee, reception
9-9.15 Opening words: Panu Jaakkola, scientific director of FICAN West

SESSION 1 – New and diverse in melanoma research, Chair: Maria Sundvall & Rogerio de Figueiredo
9.15-10.00 Keynote speaker – Menashe Bar-Eli, Department of Cancer Biology, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas, USA
A -to-I MicroRNA editing and Melanoma Progression
10.00-10.30 Micaela Hernberg, HUS Comprehensive Cancer Centre, Helsinki University Hospital
Clinical melanoma trials in Finland during the targeted treatment and immunotherapy era
10.30-11.00 Carlos Rogerio de Figueiredo, Institute of Biomedicine, InFLAMES Flagship, University of Turku
Immune microenvironment of desert tumors: Insights for prognosis and immunotherapy combinations

11.00-12.00 LUNCH BREAK

SESSION 2 – Cancer metabolism, biomarkers and prediction models, Chair: Saara Hämälistö
12.00-12.30 Tero Aittokallio, Institute for Cancer Research, Oslo University Hospital, Oslo Centre for Biostatistics and Epidemiology, University of Oslo, FIMM, HiLIFE and iCAN Digital Precision Cancer Medicine Flagship, University of Helsinki, InFLAMES Research Flagship, University of Turku
Predictive modelling of drug treatment responses for precision oncology
12.30-13.00 Pilvi Riihilä, Department of Dermatology, University of Turku and Turku University Hospital
Complement system in cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma
13.00-13.30 Pauliina Kronqvist, Department of Pathology, Turku University Hospital
Challenges of biomarker assessments in triple-negative breast cancer

13.30-14.00 COFFEE and networking

14.00-14.20 Anna Karhu, University of Turku, Turku School of Economics
Developing regional cancer research network through mentoring program

SESSION 3 – Brain tumors and viruses, Chair: Kari Kurppa

14.20-14:50 Cecilia Söderberg-Nauclér, Institute of Biomedicine, InFLAMES Flagship, University of Turku
Antiviral treatment to Cytomegalovirus to improve survival of glioblastoma patients
14.50-15.20 Kirsi Rautajoki, Faculty of Medicine and Health Technology, Tampere University
Progression of diffuse astrocytomas in the treatment setting
15.20-15.35 Sponsor talk
15.35-15.45 Closing remarks by Pia Vihinen, director, FICAN West
15.45- Wine & salad menu