Full house at long-awaited onsite CCBIO Symposium (2022)
The 10th CCBIO Annual Symposium took place at Solstrand Hotel May 10 and 11, 2022, finally as an onsite event, attracting about 200 onsite and 60 online, as the symposium was offered as a hybrid solution.
The symposium started off strong with a highly inspirational keynote talk by Robert S. Langer, founder of Moderna and considered the "Edison of Medicine". Langer shared his vast experience from a young scientist, through his first paper and first talk, the mentorship of Dr. Judah Folkman, the startup of his first company, overcoming skepticism and barriers and achieving great successes.
You can keep trying, or you could give up. I kept trying.
Valuable input from Nordic colleagues
Broad scientific program
"Researchers in deep crisis"
Speed talks and poster sessions
The program gave ample time for young researchers through 3-minute speed talks, a format that proved successful in last year's digital version of the symposium and now continued both live and online, and a poster session each day, with a total of 14 speed talks and 49 posters. Each day, the audience could vote for best speed talk and best poster, with restrictions to one vote per IP address. Congratulations to the following:
Best posters day 1:
- Ole Vidhammer Bjørnstad (Akslen group) for the project Proteomic changes induced in co-cultures of breast cancer spheroids
- and neural progenitor cells
- Cara Wogsland (McCormack group) for the project Multidimensional analysis and high dimensional phenotyping of differential drug treatment in a patient derived xenograft (PDX) model of AML
Best posters day 2:
- Katrin Kleinmanns (Bjørge and McCormack groups) for the project Rethinking high-grade serous ovarian carcinoma: Development of new preclinical animal models for evaluation of image-guided surgery and immunotherapy
- Ridhima Das (Costea group) for the project Generating oral keratinocytes for regenerative therapy from induced pluripotent stem cells derived from adult human oral and skin fibroblasts
Best speed talks:
- Kristin Watnedal Olsen (Gjertsen group) for the talk Antibody-antigen binding kinetics in multiplexed epitope-competition assays
- Christiane Helgestad Gjerde (Bjørge and McCormack groups) for the talk Establishment of peritoneal dECM scaffolds for culture of ovarian cancer organoids
Energy of in-person interactions
The CCBIO Director Lars A. Akslen was very happy to greet the extended CCBIO family in-person again. “This was probably the best CCBIO Annual Symposium ever – with a strong and inspiring program covering a wide mix of topics” says Akslen. “The level of energy was amazing, and it was great to catch up again for the first time in this context since 2019. And it really felt good to “come home” to Solstrand. It was wonderful to be there,” Akslen concludes.
In his closing remarks, Roger Strand pointed out the overarching success factor for this year's symposium: it took place with in-person attendance! Strand reflected over CCBIO's catchphrase Capturing Cancer Complexity and that understanding the phenomenon of cancer is just as much about the people and society, with its different levels of reality and complex interactions. This is a continuous challenge in the years to come – for all of us.