MONTREAL, Feb. 1, 2019 /CNW Telbec/ - On the occasion of World Cancer Day (February 4), the Institute for Research in Immunology and Cancer (IRIC) of the Université de Montréal is organizing two scientific outreach events highlighting the importance of helping to advance research to fight the disease.
On February 4, from 7am to 9am, a breakfast-chat will be held to discuss the hopes and challenges involving research. The discussion will revolve around the Leucegene Project, which deals with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML), bringing together fundamental research, clinical applications and evaluation of the socioeconomic impact of such a project.
Also, the second edition of the event, "Behind the Scenes: Cancer Research", spotlighting the next generation of Investigators, will be held on February 7, from 6:00pm to 9:00pm.
Both events will be hosted by Yanick Villedieu, journalist, host, author and lecturer, specializing in science and medicine. Yanick Villedieu hosted Radio-Canada's radio show Les années lumière for almost 35 years.
February 4 - Cancer: hope and challenges (Breakfast-chat revolving around the Leucegene Project) with four Investigators
More than 50,000 cases of AML are diagnosed each year in Canada, the United States and Europe. The survival rate is approximately 27%. The Leucegene Project's mission is to design tools that will help to better predict the prognosis of patients suffering from the disease and to develop new therapies. For the occasion, four members of the Leucegene Project team will discuss their promising research work targeting this major cause of cancer-related deaths in young adults.
The four speakers will be available for interviews:
- Guy Sauvageau, M.D., Ph. D., F.R.C.P.(C), FRSC, Molecular Genetics of Stem Cells
- Josée Hébert, M.D., F.R.C.P.(C), Immunology-Oncology
- Sébastien Lemieux, Ph. D., Functional and Structural Bioinformatics
- Philippe Roux, Ph. D., Cell Signalling and Proteomics
Monday, February 4, 2019
7am – 9am
At the IRIC
February 7 – Behind the Scenes: Cancer Research with 16 next-generation Investigators
For a second straight year, members of the next generation of Investigators from the IRIC have organized the "Behind the Scenes: Cancer Research" event, bringing together 16 young scientists who will present their research work in "scientific speed dating" mode. The communicators will take on the challenge of making science more accessible using an "express" formula.
Available for interviews will be:
- Thomas Milan, co-organizer of the event, Molecular Biology Ph.D. student (Brian Wilhelm's lab) and President of the IRIC's Students' Association (AÉRIC)
- Delphine Bouilly, Ph.D., guest speaker and Principal Investigator (Design and Application of Electronic Nanobiosensors)
- Nadine Beauger, Ph.D., MBA, guest speaker and Chief Executive Officer, IRICoR
The Organizing Committee would like to thank the valued partners who make it possible to carry out such a project: the Association francophone pour le savoir (ACFAS), IRICoR, the Fédération des associations étudiantes du campus de l'Université de Montréal (FAÉCUM), the Oncopole, Génome Québec, the Vice-décanat – Recherche et création of the Université de Montréal and the IRIC.
Thursday, February 7, 2019
6pm – 9pm
At the IRIC
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About the Institute for Research in Immunology and Cancer (IRIC) of the Université de Montréal
An ultra-modern research hub and training centre located in the heart of the Université de Montreal, the Institute for Research in Immunology and Cancer (IRIC) was created in 2003 to shed light on the mechanisms of cancer and discover new, more effective therapies to counter this disease. IRIC operates according to a model that is unique in Canada. Its innovative approach to research has already led to discoveries that will, over the coming years, have a significant impact on the fight against cancer. For further information, visit iric.ca/en.
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