Organisers: Professor Ashok Venkitaraman, Dr James Fraser and Dr Nick Pugh.

  • 22 March 2024, 09:00 – 17:15
  • Cambridge University Engineering Department
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  • Event cost: Free
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Recent advances in the sciences underpinning medicine, and their translation to clinical impact, are transforming our ability to understand and treat human diseases. This one-day meeting will explore emerging areas in which the convergence of fundamental science and translational opportunities promises to shape the futures of medicine.

Cambridge University Engineering Department. Constance Tipper Lecture Theatre.


09.00-09.15 Introduction to meeting

09.15-10.15 Serena Nik-Zainal, Professor of Genomic Medicine and Bioinformatics, Department of Medical Genetics, School of Clinical Medicine, University of Cambridge - The contribution of genomics to precision medicine

10.15-11.15 Shyni Varghese, Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science and Orthopaedics, Duke University, USA - Tissue engineering

11.15-11.45 Morning Coffee

11.45- 12.45 Jan Hoeijmakers, Department of Molecular Genetics, Erasmus University, Rotterdam and Cologne, Princess Maxima Center for Pediatric Oncology, Oncode, Utrecht, both in the Netherlands and the CECAD, Cologne, Germany - DNA damage, cancer and aging, the unexpected impact of nutrition on medicine

12.45-13.45 Lunch

13.45-14.45 Paul Workman, Former CEO and President of the Institute of Cancer (ICR), London, Harrap Professor of Pharmacology and Therapeutics, Centre for Cancer Drug Discovery, ICR – Transforming small molecule cancer drug discovery for precision medicine

14.45-15.45 Iain Buchan, W.H. Duncan Chair in Public Health Systems, Associate Pro Vice Chancellor for Innovation, Public Health, Policy & Systems, University of Liverpool  – How might artificial intelligence augment population health?

15.45-16.15 Afternoon Tea  

16.15- 17.15 Alessio Ciulli, Professor of Chemical and Structural Biology and Director of the Centre for Targeted Protein Degradation, School of Life Sciences, University of Dundee - Proximity-inducing modalities in drug discovery: Protein degraders and beyond

17.15     Closing remarks   



Venue Details
Cambridge University Engineering Department
Engineering Dept
Trumpington St
Cambridge CB2 1PZ
+44 1223 332600
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