CAMS Oxford Institute Symposium on Cancer Research Held in Beijing


During April 20-22, 2018, CAMS Oxford Institute Symposium on Cancer Research was held in Beijing. Themed with “Immunity, Inflammation, and Cancer”, the symposium covers three parts “tumor immunology”, “infection and cancer” and “tumor metabolism and immunology”, etc. The symposium aims to promote high-level academic exchanges between China and the UK and advance the building of the CAMS Oxford Institute by discussing about the latest progress and achievements in cancer research of the two countries. Three members of the Royal Society, two members of the Academy of Medical Sciences, two CAE Academicians and several famous Chinese scholars in tumor research made special reports at the symposium, which aims to facilitate scholars of the two countries to make in-depth communications and discussions in the form of special report, roundtable discussion, and informal discussion with students, so as to strengthen mutual understanding and cooperation. The symposium was co-chaired by Xuetao Cao, CAMS Oxford Institute Chairman (Chinese) and Academician of CAMS Institute of Basic Medical Sciences, and Prof. Edward McDermott, Jr, Head of the CAMS Oxford Institute (English), President of the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research (LICR) of the University of Oxford, and Academician of the Academy of Medical Sciences.


At the parallel session of “tumor immunology”, Fiona Powrie (Director of the Kennedy Institute of the University of Oxford, Rheumatology and Immunology Expert), Xuetao Cao from CAMS Institute of Basic Medical Sciences, Academician Zhigang Tian (former dean of the School of Life Sciences, University of Science and Technology of China), Prof. Erwei Song (Director of Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hospital), and Prof. Limin Zheng (Dean of the School of Life Sciences of Sun Yat-sen University) made reports on the latest development of the immunity and inflammation mechanism for carcinogenesis and cancer development.


By centering on the theme of “infection and cancer”, Edward McDermott, Jr from the University of Oxford, Prof. Hong Wu (Dean of the School of Life Sciences of Peking University), Prof. Yuxin Yin (Dean of Peking University School of Basic Medical Sciences), Charles Bangham (Dean of the Department of Immunology, Faculty of Medicine, Imperial College London), and Chenyu Zhang (Dean of the School of Life Sciences of Nanjing University) expounded on the important molecular mechanism and control strategies of tumor formation and development from the aspects of their respective research fields.


At the parallel session of “tumor metabolism and inflammation”, Karen Vousden (Cancer Research UK Chief Scientist, and Professor of Francis Crick Institute), Gerard Evan (Dean of the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Cambridge), Prof. Bo Huang (Deputy Head of the Institute of Basic Medical Sciences under CAMS), Prof. Yuting Ma from Suzhou Institute of Systems Medicine, Prof. Zhijie Chang from the School of Life Sciences of Tsinghua University and Prof. Pengyuan Yang from the Institute of Biophysics under Chinese Academy of Sciences made discussions about the latest paths and mechanisms that affect research results as well as the concept of new therapeutic targets. ú


The founding of CAMS Oxford Institute on December 6, 2017 is an important step taken by CAMS to implement the spirit of General Secretary Xi Jinping’s letter on congratulating the 60th anniversary of the founding of CAMS and accelerating the building of the core base of China’s medical scientific & technological innovation system. The institute is a “new model” for CAMS to play a leading role in actively advancing the strategy of international development of CAMS&PUMC, leverage the collaborative advantages of China and the UK, and innovate the mechanism of international cooperation in the medical field. CAMS Oxford Institute will focus on the frontier and cross-disciplinary medical scientific and technological innovation, join hands to solve major medical and health issues that China, the UK and the whole world are faced with, and write a new chapter for establishing a community with a shared future for mankind.


(CAMS Oxford Institute)