Celebrating the launch of the Oxford Centre for Early Cancer Detection

On Thursday 27th June, the launch of the Oxford Centre for Early Cancer Detection (OxCODE) was celebrated with a symposium held at St Hilda’s College, Oxford. OxCODE is a virtual Centre created to build on Oxford’s existing momentum and galvanise early cancer detection research in Oxford for patient benefit. Early detection will transform cancer care to achieve enhanced cancer cure.

The day consisted of talks highlighting Oxford’s existing strengths and future vision in early cancer detection research. The first session focused on Oxford’s innovative early cancer detection technologies, including Jason Davis’ bioelectrical assays, Deborah Goberdhan’s study of extracellular vesicles, Bethan Psaila’s single cell transcriptomic analysis, Chunxiao Song’s detection of epigenetic and genetic markers in cell-free DNA, Justin Benesch’s development of mass photometry and Hagan Bayley’s 3D-printed microtumours. In the second session on large cohort studies, Julia Hippisley-Cox described the use of the QCancer database for risk assessment and Ian Mills outlined his plans for enhanced early detection of clinically significant prostate cancers. The final session on digestive system cancers featured talks from Barbara Braden and Jens Rittscher on the use of artificial intelligence in endoscopic detection of oesophageal cancer, Simon Leedham on predicting risk in colitis-associated carcinogenesis and Ellie Barnes on the early detection of hepatocellular carcinoma. The successful day finished with a networking drinks reception.

OxCODE welcomes members from across the University of Oxford and Oxford University Hospitals Trust. If you wish to join the OxCODE mailing list to hear about future events and funding opportunities, please email francoise.howe@ludwig.ox.ac.uk.