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The Cancer Research Group recently hosted the 14th Annual Cancer and Primary Care Research International Network (Ca-PRI) Conference at Worcester College over 23rd and 24th of March. We were joined for a jam packed 2 days by a record-breaking number of delegates from 14 countries across 4 continents who were enthusiastic to attend the first face-to-face Ca-PRI Conference since 2019.

Across 10 workshops, 60 oral sessions and 40 Lighting Talks cross cutting themes of Early Diagnosis, Screening & Prevention and Survivorship were explored with work in cancer awareness and impact of comorbidities proving to be especially popular with delegates.  

Opening Plenary Speakers Professor Peter Johnson (National Clinical Director for Cancer, NHS England), Professor Anne Mackie (Director of Programmes for the UK National Screening Committee) and Dr Ruth Etzioni (Division of Public Health Sciences, Fred Hutch Cancer Center) discussed issues surrounding screening and early diagnosis in primary care, including current limitations and what the future may look like, and the challenges ahead for integrating multi-cancer early detection testing into clinical practice.

We were also delighted to be joined by Professor Rikke Sand Anderson and Dr Marie Louise Tørring, both University of Aarhus, discussing their new book Cancer Entangled that considers what the impact of a sustained push to diagnose cancer earlier might have on healthcare and society. The closing plenary was delivered by Professor Eva Grunfeld (University of Toronto) reflecting on her career in cancer survivorship research. 

Dr Brian Nicholson, head of the local organising committee and lead investigator of the Cancer Research Group, said: “We invited leading voices from the UK and abroad hoping to stimulate discussion about relevant topics germane to cancer control in primary care. The quality of the discussions in and between the sessions has been exceptional. We would like to say a huge thank you to all attendees for making the conference such a success.”

We would also like to think the Ca-PRI Executive Committee for the opportunity to host, Worcester College for their hospitality and Tom, Hazel and Jonathan from Oxford Cancer PPIE Group who kindly joined us for Thursday morning.


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