#SinCAPA-First National Pancreatic Cancer Researchers Symposium

Better late than never!! This post is a summary of the First National Pancreatic Cancer Researchers Symposium that we organised together with Pilar Martín Duque, Roberto Pazo and Antonio Antón in Zaragoza on November 21st to celebrate the World Pancreatic Cancer Day. 124 participants (29 speakers/chairs+95 attendants) and a lot of great science concentrated in one day! Our main objective was to create a forum in which different researchers interested in pancreatic cancer can share knowledge, materials and points of view. We had great talks both from the basic and the clinical point of view.

You can find the program here:

Pilar Navarro from IMIM opened the symposium talking about interactions between tumor and stroma
Round table and discussion of the second session. From left to right: Manuel Hidalgo, Patricia Sancho, Pilar Martín-Duque, Valeria Grazú, Sonia Melo, Héctor Peinado, Julián Pardo and Jorge Adeva
Patients´perspective session chaired by Roberto Pazo. Representatives from ACANPAN and AECC, as well as a patient who shared her batle with this disease offered a different point of view of research in pancreatic Cancer.
@psancholab at the photocall stand
@psancholab at the Patio de la Infanta Building, where the symposium took place

You can find a complete summary of the activities in the simposium in the following file (in Spanish)

SEE YOU ALL NEXT YEAR!!

DOCTORAL INPhINIT FELLOWSHIPS PROGRAMME – INCOMING

We offer an exciting PhD project for the INPhINIT PhD fellowships programme from “La Caixa” Foundation. The phylosophy of the programme is the attraction of outstanding students of any nationality for a PhD in Spain or Portugal, offering them an integral formative programme in centres of research excellence.

The candidate will join a young and vibrant research group devoted to the study of pancreatic cancer metabolism, focusing on CSC-targeting therapeutic strategies. The present project involves the study of the role of lipid storage and mobilization for CSCs adaptation to the changing and challenging conditions characteristic of tumor progression and metastasis. We aim to analyze the specific role of lipid uptake, storage and mobilization for tumor progression in order to identify and validate the most effective and readily translatable CSC-targeting strategies. For that purpose, the candidate will work with PDAC patient-derived material from solid and liquid biopsies both in vitro and in vivo.

The candidate will use a broad range of cellular and molecular biology techniques, including 3D cultures of tumor-derived cells, co-culture with stromal cells, isolation of rare subpopulations by FACS sorting and metabolic/metabolomics assays, as well as in vivo experiments involving tumorigenicity and metastasis assays. We are currently collaborating with 2 different groups located in the UK, so opportunities for short stages in those labs will be available during the completion of the PhD.

Desired skills of the candidates are: MSc in any Biomedicine-related discipline, knowledge of basic cellular and molecular techniques, knowledge of cellular metabolism, and experience in cancer research.

Celebrating the #WorldCancerResearch Day at the AECC 2019 Award Ceremony

We were invited to the AECC 2019 Award Ceremony to officially receive the Worldwide Award. This ceremony takes place every year on September 24th, the World Cancer Research Day, to acknowledge the role of scientific research in the improvement on cancer patients outcomes. The public ceremony, chaired by the Spanish Queen Letizia and the president of AECC, reviewed the position of Spanish research in the cancer field in Europe.

Our lab featured during Dr. Peinado´s presentation
With the Queen Letizia

Later on, there was a private ceremony in which all the awardees were offered a personalised commemorative painting by the main representatives of the AECC.

Our first official lab meeting!!!

We welcome Jose, Sarah and Lorena!

The new academic year starts and the lab is full of people!! (well, at least it feels full for Bea and I… 😉 )From left to right: Bea (you know her already 🙂 ); Jose , our new technician; Sarah, our postdoc, and Lorena, our visiting PhD student from Prof. Giuseppe Gasparre´s group in Bologne.

We made it to TV news!

Since our WCR grant is finally official, our communication department made a great job diffusing the news everywhere!! We have been featured in newspapers, radio and even TV! It was a great experience and an amazing opportunity to make the project known for general public.

Find some links below:

TV: Aragón TV noticias (min 21:03), Buenos días Aragón (live interview, min 17:52)

Newspapers: el Heraldo de Aragón, el Diario, la Vanguardia