On 11th and 12th December, 2019, the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research, Oxford Branch held its annual retreat at Milton Hill Hotel, near Abingdon. The retreat showcases the exciting research that is being undertaken at Ludwig Oxford and gives an opportunity for more informal scientific discussions. This year’s event started with the Principal Investigators giving an overview of the scientific research themes of their laboratories.
After lunch, parallel sessions were run for students and post-docs on academic and non-academic careers, with a panel of guest speakers who related their career experiences and participated in an interactive Q&A. This was followed by a lively poster session.
On the second day, the Institute heard from three guest speakers. Dr Roger Geiger (Institute for Research in Biomedicine, Switzerland) spoke about his approach for personalised cancer immunotherapy and Prof. Ellie Barnes (Experimental Medicine Division, NDM, Oxford) outlined her plans for research into the early detection of hepatocellular liver cancer. The keynote speaker, Prof. Kun-Liang Guan (University of California, San Diego), gave a talk on the Hippo signalling pathway in cell growth, organ size and cancer.
The retreat finished with the Institute’s Christmas lunch.