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Symposia on Cancer Research

MD Anderson Cancer Center has held symposia on cancer research for more than 60 years. In the early years, this meeting covered all of cancer research, providing an annual overview of new scientific findings and new developments in patient care. In recent years, more focused topics were selected, reflecting the enormous growth in the spectrum of cancer research at MD Anderson and in the field in general. Over the past decade, these topics were closely tied to our institutional research themes.

The goals of the symposia remain unchanged: to bring the leaders in a given field from all over the world to MD Anderson to allow interaction, promote collaboration and provide education for the benefit of our trainees and faculty.

Upcoming Meeting

All meetings are held at MD Anderson with the main venue being the Robert C. Hickey Auditorium (R11.1400), Main Building, Floor 11, near Elevator B.

2014 Symposium

Illuminating Genomic Dark Matter "ncRNA in Disease and Cancer" 

October 9-10, 2014

George Calin, M.D., Ph.D.
Gabriel Lopez-Berestein, M.D. 
Helen Piwnica-Worms, Ph.D.
Anil Sood, M.D. 

It has become apparent that non-protein-coding regions of the human genome play critical roles in numerous aspects of human biology from early development to multiple diseases including cancer. MicroRNA alterations are involved in the initiation and progression of human cancer. The multiple roles of non-coding RNAs (ncRNAs) are being deciphered rapidly. In this meeting, we will highlight new fundamental and translational discoveries in this rapidly emerging field including the use of ncRNAs in cancer detection, initiation, biology, and therapeutics. This will be accomplished by convening scientists, clinicians, and trainees to share their insights and by fostering interdisciplinary interactions.





Awards and Past Symposia

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