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03 November 2010

Leading US Oncologists visit Dublin

Prof. John Crown, Dr. Dennis Slamon & Dr. Mario Sznol

Prof. John Crown, Dr. Dennis Slamon & Dr. Mario Sznol

Two leading US oncologists, Prof. Dennis Slamon, Chief of the Haematology-Oncology division at UCLA and Prof. Mario Sznol, Vice-Chair at the Yale Cancer Centre, New Haven, visited Dublin from 3rd – 5th November. Both are scientific advisors for the Molecular Therapeutics for Cancer Ireland (MTCI) and were in Ireland to participate in its Scientific Advisory Board meeting. In addition to their time with the Advisory Board, they managed to fit in one public lecture, a public meeting and a scientific symposium.

On the evening of their arrival from the US, Profs Slamon and Sznol each gave a public lecture on new developments in breast cancer and melanoma research. Over 100 people attended this lecture including leading cancer specialists, clinicians and researchers from across Ireland. A lively discussion chaired by Prof John Crown finished the evening.

After a full day on advisory board matters for MTCI, ‘A Night with Dennis Slamon’, took place in the Herbert Park Hotel. This was open to the public. Prof Slamon stood for more than 90 minutes and took questions from a large and curious audience which included patients, relatives and people interested in cancer.

Prof. Slamon is credited with the discovery of the breast cancer therapy known as Herceptin and his Dublin visit coincided with the 10th anniversary of its introduction. Since then, this breast cancer treatment has undoubtedly saved the lives of thousands of women and revolutionised the treatment of HER2+ breast cancer.

On Friday an MTCI Breast Cancer Research Symposium hosted by Prof. Liam Gallagher at the Conway Institute, UCD, gave young PhD students and post-docs from the MTCI units all over the country an opportunity to present and discuss their research work with Profs Slamon and Sznol, which was an inspiring event for all participants.