Centre for Cancer Biomarkers CCBIO
CCBIO Seminar series

CCBIO Seminar – Hege F. Berg

Hege F. Berg from the University of Bergen will give a talk entitled “Endometrial cancer model systems to improve treatment.” This work was recently published in Communications Medicine.

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Speaker: Hege Fredriksen Berg

Hege is a PhD candidate in her last year in the Krakstad group, in the research field Preclinical models for endometrial cancer. She has established a collection of patient-derived endometrial cancer organoids and organoid-based xenograft models.

Organoid models have proven to be highly useful in cancer research and models have been established from several cancer types. This seminar present the group's recent work to establish genetically stable models from all types of endometrial cancer. The work was recently published in Communications Medicine (https://rdcu.be/cqT0a).

Title: “Endometrial cancer model systems to improve treatment”

Time: 14.30, Thursday August 26.

Where: Digital seminar, in a Zoom webinar. Link: https://uib.zoom.us/j/61399295455?pwd=a3BHR2VBQUxjOFdLckRZbHpyL3I2UT09

Is asked for a passcode, use: 9ZEzecdq

Host: Harsh Dongre


Endometrial cancer is the most common malignancy of the female reproductive system in countries with high developmental index. Standard treatment for endometrial cancer is surgery, with adjuvant chemotherapy given for high risk or advanced disease. Still, 15-20% of patients experience recurrence. Alternative treatment options for this patient group are few and targeted drugs have not yet reached the clinic for endometrial cancer patients. To bridge the gap between bench and clinic, more advanced cellular models are emerging, such as 3D tumor organoids that mimic the molecular features of the matched patient tissue. Multiple co-clinical trials have demonstrated similar drug responses between patients and their corresponding organoid model, implying a great potential of organoids in translational research. Cancer modeling and the establishment of a new preclinical platform for endometrial cancer will be discussed. This includes the establishment of patient-derived endometrial cancer organoids and organoid-based xenograft models. The models are profiled at DNA, RNA and protein levels, and molecular features mimic the corresponding patient tissue. The clinical relevance of these models is further evaluated by treatment with conventional chemotherapy and are currently used in testing of targeted therapies.

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