16th Metastasis Research Society (MRS) Biennial Congress in Chengdu, China

Thomas R. Cox, Sep 2016

So the time has come for me to head to the 16th Biennial Metastasis Research Society (MRS) Congress in Chengdu, China. This year it is being held in conjunction with the Chinese Metastasis Research Society and promises to be an exciting event.

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16th International Biennial Congress of the MRS

The conference is being held at the Jinjiang hotel in Chengdu, China and will bring together the world leading experts on cancer metastasis to discuss current and future work in the field. The meeting is held biennially and is one of the biggest events in the metastasis research calendar.

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Supporting Young Metastasis Researchers –
The MRS ECLC Young Investigator Satellite Meeting

Building on the success of the 2014 meeting in Heidelberg, I have once again been involved in organising a Young Investigator Satellite meeting to precede the main congress. The satellite meeting is open to all junior investigators including graduate students, medical students and residents, and clinical and postdoctoral fellows in cancer metastasis research.

The meeting is being organised by the Early Career Leadership Council (ECLC) which is the representative body of the early career members of the Metastasis Research Society (MRS) and is made up of elected Early Career Ambassadors (ECAMs). Our mission is to promote the interests of junior investigators and support them in establishing productive relationships with senior metastasis researchers and developing leadership and professional skills to help them advance their careers.

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We have been working hard to put together an exciting programme for the satellite meeting including;

– Keynote talk from Cyrus Ghajar (Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center, US)
– 8 short talks selected from abstracts
– Careers in industry by Liping Liu, CEO & CSO Shenzhen HighTide Biopharmaceutical Ltd
– Lunch and Meet the ECLC
– Meet the Professor Round table session
– Coffee and networking

The satellite meeting provides an ideal platform for junior metastasis researchers to present their work in a relaxed and supportive environment before the main congress kicks off. You can read more about the Early Career Leadership Council of the MRS here, and find more information on the programme here.

Short Talk

I will also have the honour of giving a short talk as part of the main congress which will titled “Cancer: Opening LOX to Metastasis – The hypoxic cancer secretome induces pre-metastatic bone lesions through lysyl oxidase” as discuss the work published last year in Nature

Session chair – Exosomes and other vesicles in metastasis

As part of the main congress I will also be chairing the session on “Exosomes and other vesicles in metastasis” which has a spectacular lineup of speakers including David Lyden from Weill Cornell Medical College, US; Dolores Di Vizio from Cedars – Sinai, US; Alissa Weaver from Vanderbilt University, US; and Jian Zhang from Guangxi Medical University, China.

More details on the Congress can also be found on the official congress website

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