Decoding Cancer: Science Vs. Fiction

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ABOUT THE TALK

In the latest talk in the DECODING CANCER series, Dr Robert O'Connor, Head of Research at the Irish Cancer Society, and Dr Derek Power, Medical Oncologist at the Mercy and Cork University Hospitals, will discuss some of the most common myths and misinformation surrounding cancer.
Cancer survivor Eileen O'Sullivan will discuss her experience dealing with 'fake news' as a cancer patient.

DECODING CANCER is a series of public talks about cancer and cancer research. This talks hope to dispel some of the myths around cancer, and explore the many advances being made in prevention, early detection, treatment, and survivorship. It will hear from leading experts in the cancer field about a diverse range of topics and issues, from diet and exercise to cancer clinical trials. It will engage current thinkers and leaders in the cancer field and explore and examine the latest advances in cancer research.

DECODING CANCER is aimed at cancer patients, their families, and any member of the public with an interest in cancer and cancer research. The talk is free and open to everyone. If you would like to attend please register on Eventbrite. Follow the conversation on social media #DecodingCancer

This event is taking place as part of Cork Science Festival, a celebration of science events taking place this November. Cork Science Festival is main partner of Science Week, 12-19 November 2017, supported by Science Foundation Ireland. #BelieveInScience



ABOUT THE SPEAKERS

Dr. Robert O’Connor is the Head of Research for the Irish Cancer Society, the largest charitable funder of cancer research in the state with 120 researchers currently funded across its various schemes.

Robert has 20 years of experience in pharmacology, biosafety and translational cancer research. Robert graduated from UCD with an honours degree in Pharmacology in 1991. Moving to the School of Biotechnology in DCU, he completed his Ph.D. in 1995 and took up a postdoc in cancer drug resistance in the NCTCC/NICB, a specialist biomedical research facility.

Collaborating with other scientists and clinicians he became involved in translational and cancer clinical trial research. In 2007 he assumed the chairmanship of the translational subgroup of ICORG (now Cancer Trials Ireland), Ireland’s national cancer clinical trials network, helping this organisation to a milestone of enrolment of 7% of all cancer patients into translational research studies by the time of his departure in 2015. In 2010 he became a lecturer in Biological Science in the School of Nursing in DCU and moved to take up his current role leading the research effort of the Irish Cancer Society in February of 2015.

Robert is passionate about providing the evidence-base to help manage our emerging cancer crisis; focussing on prevention, early detection, increased efficacy of diagnostics and therapeutics and supporting Irish cancer survivors to thrive after their treatment.

Dr Derek Power is a Consultant Medical Oncologist at the Mercy and Cork University Hospitals in Cork. In his clinic he treats a number of cancers, including melanoma, gut and genitourinary forms of the disease.

He initially graduated in 1994 from Trinity College Dublin with a pharmacy degree, but then moved into the study of medicine graduating from the Royal College of Surgeons in 2001. This was followed by two fellowships in the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre, New York, prior to returning to Cork to take up his consultant post in 2010, when he was jointly appointed an honorary clinical lecturer in University College Cork. His is an author on more than 80 papers, reviews and book chapters on cancer and various aspects of cancer research.

Eileen O’Sullivan was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer in January 2013. Eileen underwent treatment and has been cancer-free for the past four years. Eileen is from Dublin.




DIRECTIONS TO BROOKFIELD HEALTH SCIENCES COMPLEX:

Brookfield Health Science Complex is located about 500m up from the main UCC campus on College Road on the right hand side just beyond the Bon Secours Hospital. Click on map link below for more details. Brookfield building is # 13 on the map. Visitor Parking - Pay & Display

Visitors parking is located in the Undercroft area situated near the entrance to Brookfield Health Sciences Complex. This is a Pay & Display carpark. Alternative parking can be found at other locations throughout UCC Campus. Click here for more details.

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