Frontiers in Cancer Science 2019

The 11th Frontiers in Cancer Science (FCS) conference took place at The Academia @ SGH from 4 to 6 November 2019. Jointly organised by seven major research institutes in Singapore – Cancer Science Institute of Singapore (CSI Singapore), Duke-NUS Medical School (Duke-NUS), Genome Institute of Singapore (GIS), Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology (IMCB), Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine (LKC Medicine), National Cancer Centre Singapore (NCCS) and National University Cancer Institute, Singapore (NCIS), this landmark conference served as an excellent platform for the exchange of cancer research and clinical knowledge. This year’s conference organizing committee was headed by Prof. Kanaga Sabapathy from the National Cancer Centre Singapore (NCCS).

FCS 2019 featured an impressive line-up of 32 distinguished speakers from across the globe, including Nobel Prize Laureate Sir Gregory Winter from University of Cambridge, who received the 2018 Nobel Prize in Chemistry and Professor Margaret A. Goodell, Director of the Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine Center at Baylor College of Medicine. The three-day conference attracted a diverse national and international audience of more than 500 attendees hailing from 14 countries, including Australia, Thailand, Israel, Belgium, United Kingdom and Canada.

At the Lightning Talk sessions, 20 selected presenters each gave a presentation on their latest research breakthroughs. Besides providing an exposure to ground breaking studies by young scientists, the 3-minute short talk series have also piqued significant interest in cancer research. In addition, a total of 70 other participants took part in the FCS Poster Presentations this year. The FCS Poster Presentations, which spanned 2 afternoons of the conference, provided a springboard for meaningful discussions and exchange of scientific ideas between the poster presenters and conference attendees.

FCS 2019 official conference partner, the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), offered two winners of the Gold Poster Award a travel award worth USD$2,000 for them to attend and present their posters at the AACR Annual Meeting 2020. The two “Gold Poster” prizes were awarded to Luyen Tien Vu from the City University of Hong Kong with his poster submission on “Activation Of Cancer-Associated Fibroblasts Via The Transfer Of Mir-125b Containing Extracellular Vesicles From Tumor Cells” and Michal Merek Hoppe from CSI Singapore, with his poster submission on “High Basal Expression of the RAD51 Recombinase Confers Poor Survival in Platinum Treated Ovarian Cancer”.

The winners of the Best Poster Awards were Justin Tan from the Genome Institute of Singapore, with his poster submission on “High-Throughput Chemical Genetic Screen Reveals SALL4-Induced Metabolic Vulnerabilities in Cancer” and Pei She Loh from Department of Microbiology and Immunology, National University of Singapore, with her poster submission on “Design, Investigation and Delivery of Advanced Trans-Splicing RNA for Suicide Gene Therapy”.

FCS 2019 would like to extend our gratitude towards all our sponsors, exhibitors, media and conference partner who have actively collaborated towards the success of the 11th conference!