Fifty professionals were on-site for the XVIII Workshop on Translational Research in Digestive Neoplasms

- Research

On 1-2 October the 18th edition of the Workshop on Translational Research in Digestive Neoplasms took place, organized by the IGTP and the Catalan Institute of Oncology (ICO). This edition was inevitably marked by all the safety measures required due to the pandemicl, but also a programme that did not disappoint those attending.

Fifty professionals, the limit allowed, were able to be present for the 18th edition of this workshop focussed on tumours of the digestive system. Complying with all the measures required the workshop took place in the auditorium of the Badalona Conference Centre (BCIN). All those attending gave very positive feedback.

The objective of the workshop is to impart in depth knowledge of the digestive system from the point of view of translational research. "The first day of the workshop we focussed on translational research, speaking of personalized medicine and immunotherapy, while on Friday we concentrated on new therapeutic options and advances in treatments," explained Dr Eva Martínez-Balibrea, organizer of the workshop.

Those attending were mostly biomedical researchers from the oncology field, as well as some medical interns and medical oncologists and they got up to date and discussed the first line treatments with experts from various fields. Professionals such as Dr Josep Maria Llobet (Clinic Hospital Barcelona - IDIBAPS), an expert in clinical research and Dr Núria López-Bigas (IRB Barcelona) from the area of basic research were present, both of them are ICREA Professors. In all 16 professionals took part as speakers, most of them face-to-face in Badalona.

There was also a special item in the programme, one that will be repeated in future editions. The first Xavier Giribés Lecture, delivered by Dr Jordi Petriz (Josep Carreras Leukaemia Research Institute) in memory of Xavier, who died of colorectal cancer, and his wife Imma Folch, both responsible for the book White Coats ("les bates blanques"), which is on sale to raise money for research.