MRN research day

Event details

Date: Monday 17 June 2019
Location: Wellcome Collection, 183 Euston Road, London, NW1 2BE
Time: 9.30am - 5.30pm
CPD:  Approved by Federation of the Royal Colleges of Physicians of the United Kingdom for 5 category 1 (external) CPD credits.
Abstract submission: 7 March – 18 April 2019

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Agenda for Monday 17 June 2019

9.00am Coffee and registration
9.30am Opening address, Dr John Moore-Gillon, MRN Steering Group Chair
9.40am Session 1 - Mesothelioma, where are we now?
Chair: Mrs Anne Moylan, Portsmouth
  • Mesothelioma 101: a run-down of the clinical situation for non-clinicians

Dr Anna Bibby, Bristol

  • Living with mesothelioma - patient/carer perspective
10.00am Session 2 - Making preclinical models work for you
Chair: Dr Ed Hollox, Leicester

What cancer models can do for you - Dr Katie Finegan, Manchester

  • Mesothelioma organoids - Dr Robert Rintoul, Royal Papworth
  • Cell lines from pleural fluid - Dr Ioannis Psallidas, University College London
  • Genetically engineered mesothelioma mouse model - Dr Claire Rooney, Glasgow
  • Targeting protein synthesis reshapes metabolism of malignant mesothelioma primary cells - Dr Stefano Grosso, MRC Toxicology Unit


11am Coffee, posters and networking
11.30am Session 3 - Keynote plenary - immunotherapy in mesothelioma 
Chair: Dr Selina Tsim, Glasgow and Prof Bruce Robinson, Western Australia

Prof Arnaud Scherpereel, Lille


Session 4 - What more are we doing to understand mesothelioma?
Chair: Dr Sarah Martin, Barts Cancer Institute 

  • The impact of mRNA translation dysregulation on mitochondrial dynamics and functions in malignant mesothelioma – Dr Alberto Marini, MRC Toxicology Unit
  • Selecting and validating targets and developing new molecules - Prof Tariq Sethi, AstraZeneca
  • Can we prevent mesothelioma with therapeutics? - Prof Karen Brown, Leicester
1.10pm Lunch, posters and networking
2.10pm Session 5 - Clinical trial update
Chair: Prof Najib Rahman, Oxford
  • Surgical trials update - Mr David Waller, Barts Cancer Institute
  • Diagnostic and prognostic trials update - Dr Kevin Blyth, Glasgow
  • Chemotherapy and immunotherapy trials update - Prof Dean Fennell, Leicester
  • Radiotherapy trials update - Dr Stephen Harrow, Glasgow
3.10pm Coffee, posters and networking
3.30pm Session 6 - New technologies
Chair: Mr Alan Dawson, Leicester
  • AI in diagnosis of mesothelioma - Prof Fergus Gleeson, Oxford
  • Engineering technologies in the treatment of mesothelioma - Dr David Fairen-Jimenez, Cambridge
  • ASyMSmeso: determining the feasibility and acceptability of remote symptom monitoring by mobile phone for patients with pleural mesothelioma – Dr Naomi Klepacz, University of Surrey
4.25pm Closing remarks
4.30pm Networking drinks reception
5.30pm Close

Programme may be subject to change. 

Thanks to the organising committee for kindly donating their time to develop the programme and oversee abstract submission. 

  • Mr Alan Dawson, Cardiothoracic Surgical Registrar and Clinical Research Fellow, University Hospitals of Leicester
  • Dr Katherine Finegan, Lecturer in Cancer Biology and Therapy, University of Manchester 
  • Dr Ed Hollox, Reader in Genetics, University of Leicester
  • Dr Sarah Martin, Senior Lecturer and Deputy Centre Lead, Barts Cancer Institute
  • Mrs Anne Moylan, Mesothelioma Clinical Nurse Specialist, Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Professor Najib Rahman, Consultant in Respiratory Medicine and Clinical Director of the Oxford Respiratory Trials Unit, University of Oxford
  • Dr Selina Tsim, MacMillan Consultant in Respiratory Medicine (with an interest in mesothelioma), Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, Glasgow

To submit an abstract for this event please read our abstract guidance first. You will need to submit your abstract to [email protected] by 9am Thursday 18 April 2019. Abstract submission opens 7 March 2019. 

A travel bursary (up to £100 per person) is available for early career investigators who want to attend the event but will have difficulty securing funds for travel. Please email [email protected] by 11 April 2019 to get more information. 

If you have any questions about the event, please get in touch with Cheryl Lenny at [email protected]