Speakers and Faculty

Speakers and faculty taking part in the programme will be listed as we receive their information.


Andy ChanProfile photo of Andy Chan

Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School (HMS), Chief of the Clinical and Translational Epidemiology Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and the Director of Cancer Epidemiology at the MGH Cancer Center.

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Anja WagnerProfile photo of Anja Wagner

Clinical geneticist at the Erasmus University Medical Center. Her research focuses on optimising diagnostics and surveillance of individuals with a predisposition for Lynch syndrome or polyposis, especially Peutz-Jeghers syndrome.

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Anna RosénProfile photo of Anna Rosén

Senior consulting physician and medical specialist in clinical genetics at the Hereditary Cancer Unit, Regional Cancer Center at Umeå University Hospital. She is currently directing the Swedish national multi-centre study ‘Direct information to at-risk relatives – a randomised controlled trial’.

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Aung Ko WinProfile photo of Aung Ko Win

Principal Research Fellow in the University of Melbourne Centre for Epidemiology and Biostatistics and Centre for Cancer Research. Aung Ko Win is a NHMRC Career Development Fellow and has developed and led several large-scale research programs in the field of genetic epidemiology.

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Aysel AhadovaProfile photo of Aysel Ahadova

Postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Applied Tumor Biology, University Hospital Heidelberg. Her research mainly focuses on microsatellite instability and its consequences for tumor development and progression, including colorectal carcinogenesis in Lynch syndrome.

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Caroline YoungProfile photo of Caroline Young

Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Training Fellow and academic pathologist on the NIHR academic Pathology Training Scheme in Leeds. Her PhD investigated the potential of the colorectal microbiome to improve screening. Member of the Cancer Research UK Grand Challenge team ‘Optimisticc’.

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Cătana AndreeaProfile photo of Catana Andreea

Primary care physician in medical genetics in the Oncogenetics Department of the Oncology Institute Cluj-Napoca, Romania and genetics counsellor. Her fields of interest are hereditary cancers and oncogenetics, including cytogenetics, PCR and NGS.

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Christoph EngelProfile photo of Christoph Engel

Physician working in the field of biostatistics and particularly clinical epidemiology of Lynch syndrome, and hereditary breast and ovarian cancer for more than 20 years. He is leader of the research group ‘Hereditary Tumour Diseases’ at the University of Leipzig, Germany.

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Coral ArnauProfile photo of Coral Arnau Collell

PhD student in the Genetic Predisposition to Gastrointestinal Cancer Group within the Hospital Clínic of Barcelona. She works on whether low-penetrance genetic variants associated with CRC are also involved in serrated polyposis syndrome.

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Dan BuchananProfile photo of Dan Buchanan

Associate Professor at the University of Melbourne Centre for Cancer Research and Principal Research Fellow and Head of the Colorectal Oncogenomics Group. He has a PhD in Molecular Genetics from the University of Queensland and is a NHMRC R.D. Wright Biomedical Career Development Fellow.

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Denise NebgenProfile photo of Denise Nebgen

Associate Professor in the Department of Gynecologic Oncology and Reproductive Medicine, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Her research centres on cancer prevention and quality of life for female mutation carriers and survivors.

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Emanuele UrsoProfile photo of Emanuele Urso

Medical doctor and general surgeon at the University of Padova, Italy. His main interests are in GI surgical oncology and inherited GI tumours. He has co-authored 45 papers on oncology and surgical oncology.

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Fonnet BleekerProfile photo of Fonnet Bleeker

Clinical geneticist specialising in cancer at The Netherlands Cancer Institute in Amsterdam. Her PhD thesis was about mutational profiling in glioblastoma. Her main interest is the genetics of colorectal cancer.

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Heather HampelProfile photo of Heather Hampel

Professor, Department of Internal Medicine and Associate Director, Division of Human Genetics at Ohio State University. She was co-ordinator of the Columbus-area study which determined the frequency of Lynch syndrome among newly diagnosed patients and is PI of the Ohio Colorectal Cancer Prevention.

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Henry WoodProfile photo of Henry Wood

Bioinformatician with a PhD in the genetics. Currently analyses cancer genomes and microbiomes for the Bowel Cancer Group at the University of Leeds, primarily as part of the CRUK OPTMISTICC Grand Challenge consortium.

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Ian TomlinsonProfile photo of Ian Tomlinson

Incoming Director of the University of Edinburgh Cancer Research Centre. His research encompasses genetic predisposition to cancer and cancer evolution, focussing on colorectal cancer, although he also works on other cancer types. He leads the colorectal cancer domain of the 100,000 Genomes Project.

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Ingrid WinshipProfile photo of Ingrid Winship

Professor of Adult Clinical Genetics at University of Melbourne. She is a clinician scientist in clinical genetics, cancer genetics and dermatology. She is the Inaugural Chair of Adult Clinical Genetics at the University and The Royal Melbourne Hospital, and was Melbourne Health’s Executive Director of Research.

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Isabel QuintanaProfile photo of Isabel Quintana

PhD student at the Hereditary Cancer Program of the Catalan Institute of Oncology. Her current research is focused on several candidate genes for colorectal cancer and polyposis predisposition. She also collaborates in a project to identify new genes for hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia.

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Jan LubinskiProfile photo of Jan Lubinski

Jan Lubinski is a Professor of Medicine and Head of International Hereditary Cancer Center of Pomeranian Medical University, Szczecin, Poland. He is author of around 700 papers on clinical and molecular genetics of cancers and editor of Hereditary Cancer in Clinical Practice journal.

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Jawara AllenProfile photo of Jawara Allen

Medical student at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, investigating the impact of the gut microbiome on colorectal cancer development. His work focuses on the genetic and epigenetic changes that occur.

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Jesca BrouwerProfile photo of Jesca Brouwer

PhD student at the Division of Human Nutrition and Health of the Wageningen University & Research, The Netherlands where she tries to identify factors other than the genetic predisposition that may influence cancer risk for persons with Lynch syndrome.

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Sir John BurnProfile photo of Sir John Burn

Professor of Clinical Genetics, Newcastle University since 1991. Appointed consultant specialist in Newcastle in 1984 and led the regional NHS Genetics Service for 20 years. He helped to create Newcastle’s Centre for Life which houses an education and science centre alongside the Institute of Genetic Medicine.

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John MathersProfile photo of John Mathers

Professor of Human Nutrition and Director of the Human Nutrition Research Centre in Newcastle University. His major research interests are in understanding how eating patterns influence risks of such as heart disease, diabetes, dementia and bowel cancer.

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Karl HeinimannProfile photo of Karl Heinimann

Professor of Medical Genetics at the University of Basel, Switzerland, also Deputy Medical Director and Head of the Molecular Genetics Laboratory at the Department of Medical Genetics and Pathology at the University Hospital Basel. He has a longstanding interest in cancer predisposition.

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Laia BonjochProfile photo of Laia Bonjoch

Postdoctoral fellow at the Institut d’Investigacions Biomèdiques August Pi i Sunyer in Barcelona. Since 2012, she has been involved in projects focused on gastrointestinal diseases, such as pancreatic adenocarcinoma and colorectal cancer.

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Laura KoskenvuoProfile photo of Laura Koskenvuo

Colorectal surgeon working at Helsinki University Hospital Department of Colorectal Surgery. She works in the care of patients with familial adenomatous polyposis. FAP and desmoid tumours have been the subject of her PhD and research focus.

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Maija Kohonen-CorishProfile photo of Maija Kohonen Corish

Director of the Centre for Lung Cancer at Woolcock Institute of Medical Research, Sydney, Australia. She has a long track record of discovery in cancer research, including Lynch syndrome, translational research in colon and lung tumours and the development of mouse cancer models.

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Maria RasmussenProfile photo of Maria Rasmussen

PhD student at the Danish HNPCC Register, Clinical Research Centre, Copenhagen University Hospital. Her current research focusses on immunoprofiling in Lynch syndrome urothelial cancers and its therapeutic implications.

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Matthias KloorProfile photo of Matthias Kloor

Matthias Kloor PD Dr. med is a physician scientist who has been working in the field of molecular pathology, tumour immunology, and pathogenesis of hereditary cancer for more than a decade. His main research interests are molecular models of tumour formation and their transfer into the clinical application.

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Minna NyströmProfile photo of Minna Nyström

Professor of Epigenetics and Genetics and Research Vice Dean at Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences, University of Helsinki, Sweden. Has 27 years experience in the field of Lynch syndrome research and is the leading inventor of DiagMMR®, a novel carrier test to detect inherited MMR deficiency.

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Neal RamchanderProfile photo of Neal Ramchander

Junior doctor at the Manchester Royal Infirmary. Recently completed a Master of Research in Oncology where his work centred on the immune profiles of Lynch syndrome and sporadic mismatch repair deficient endometrial cancer.

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Neil RyanProfile photo of Neil Ryan

Clinical Research Fellow and Specialty Registrar in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Manchester and St Michael’s Hospital, Bristol, UK. His PhD focused on the mechanisms of testing endometrial cancer for Lynch syndrome and led to a review of national UK guidelines.

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Niels de WindProfile photo of Niels de Wind

Associate Professor at the Department of Human Genetics of Leiden University Medical Center, Leiden, The Netherlands. His lab investigates genetic, biochemical and structural aspects of pathways involved in the maintenance of genomic stability.

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Noora PorkkaProfile photo of Noora Porkka

PhD student in the Department of Medical and Clinical Genetics in University of Helsinki, Finland. Her PhD project focuses on genetic and epigenetic mechanisms in Lynch and Lynch-like syndrome predispositions.

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Núria DueñasProfile photo of Núria Dueñas

PhD student at the Hereditary Cancer Program of the Catalan Institute of Oncology. She works at the Genetic Counselling Unit and her research mainly focuses in risk estimation and phenotype-genotype correlation in Lynch syndrome.

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Pål MøllerProfile photo of Pål Møller

Educated as medical geneticist, Pål has a PhD in HLA genetics. He established and chaired the outpatient cancer genetic clinic in Oslo from 1988 to 2012. He chaired the Group for Research on Inherited cancer from 2012 to 2018 and since 2018 has been a senior scientist at the Norwegian Radium Hospital, Oslo.

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Pauline PfudererProfile photo of Pauline Pfuderer

Graduate student researcher in the Department of Applied Tumor Biology, University Hospital Heidelberg. In her bachelor’s thesis she focused on unravelling the role of lymphocyte recruitment in microsatellite-unstable colorectal cancers.

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Peter GawthorpeProfile photo of Peter Gawthorpe

Studied biochemistry at the University of York where he took taking a particular interest in modules pertaining to human physiology, disease and genetics. Currently a PhD student involved in investigating cancer chemoprevention by aspirin prophylaxis.

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Phil QuirkeProfile photo of Phil Quirke

Yorkshire Cancer Research Centenary Professor of Pathology at the University of Leeds. He leads the section of pathology and tumour biology and has a major research interest in Bowel cancer, molecular and digital pathology.

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Rein StulpProfile photo of Rein Stulp

Physician Assistant (MSc) at the Department of Genetics of the University Medical Centre Groningen with a focus on hereditary cancers, having previously been a genetic counsellor there. He has published over 20 papers, mostly in the field of cancer genetics.

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Richard GallonProfile photo of Richard Gallon

Developed a sequencing-based microsatellite instability (MSI) assay suitable for high throughput cancer diagnostics and Lynch syndrome screening as a PhD student. Currently developing this assay further with a Cancer Research UK Catalyst Award.

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Rolf SijmonsProfile photo of Rolf Sijmons

Consultant clinical geneticist with 30 years professional experience. He is Professor of Medical Translational Genetics at the University Medical Center Groningen in The Netherlands. His main clinical and research interests are familial and hereditary cancer, the mainstreaming of genetics and applied informatics.

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Saskia HauptProfile photo of Saskia Haupt

PhD student at the Interdisciplinary Center for Scientific Computing, Heidelberg University, Germany. She derives mathematical models for understanding the development of hereditary tumours at the example of Lynch syndrome colorectal cancers.

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Satu Mäki-NevalaProfile photo of Satu Mäki-Nevala

Postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Medical and Clinical Genetics in University of Helsinki, Finland. Her projects focus on genetic and epigenetic mechanisms in tumorigenesis of Lynch syndrome-associated colorectal cancer.

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Sonia KupferProfile photo of Sonia Kupfer

Adult gastroenterologist with clinical and research interests in inherited gastrointestinal cancers and colorectal cancer disparities. She is Director of the Gastrointestinal Cancer Risk and Prevention clinic at the University of Chicago.

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Stefan AretzProfile photo of Stefan Aretz

Professor of Genetics of Familial Tumour Syndromes and Deputy Head at the Institute of Human Genetics, University of Bonn, Germany. His research interests focus on Lynch syndrome and gastrointestinal polyposes in particular.

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Terri McVeighProfile photo of Terri McVeigh

Consultant clinical geneticist specialising in cancer genetics. Has a special interest in inherited predisposition to cancer in children, adolescents and adults, application of genomic testing to direct cancer treatment and clinical education.

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Tristan SnowsillProfile photo of Tristan Snowsill

Postdoctoral research fellow in health economics at the University of Exeter Medical School, UK. He led a health technology assessment of testing for Lynch syndrome in people with colorectal cancer for NICE.

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Yasmin Soares de LimaProfile photo of Yasmin Soares de Lima

Pre-doctoral researcher at Institut d’Investigacions Biomèdiques August Pi i Sunyer, Spain, focussing on the genetic predisposition to SPS, applying next-generation sequencing data analysis and functional studies of candidate variants and genes.

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Yoon-Jung KangProfile photo of Yoon Jung Kang

Research Fellow at the Cancer Research Division, Cancer Council New South Wales, Australia. She has a PhD in Epidemiology from the University of Sydney. Her current research focus is the cost-effectiveness evaluation of various testing and risk management strategies for Lynch syndrome.

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