Special 9th CDD Conference on Cancer


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Genes versus Environment in Cancer
a CDD and MRC sponsored conference

Important dates
Registration deadline: 31st of August 2018

Please download the CDD Conference Final Programme.

On behalf of the CDD Press, the Medical Research Council Toxicology Unit (MRC-TU) we would like to invite you to CDD-MRC Conference on “Genes vs Environment in Cancer” which will be held between the 17th  and the 19th  of September 2018, in Clare College, Cambridge, UK.

The relative contribution of genetic and environmental factors to the aetiology of life-threatening diseases such as cancer has been focus of discussion, debate and controversy. The aim of this CDD-MRC-TU Conference is to create a multidisciplinary group, including luminary scientists, to discuss new ideas to advance our current understanding of this important issue. We expect that the symposium will provide a stimulating forum for oral presentations, close interactions among participants as well as an opportunity to explore international collaborations.

The CDD-MRCTU Conference is sponsored by Cell Death and Differentiation, a leading journal in the field of cell death and the MRC Toxicology Unit.

The Organising Committee
Ivano Amelio – Martin Bushell – Gerry Melino – Ashok Venkitaraman – Anne E. Willis

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Claire College viewed from the River Cam

Confirmed Speakers

Speaker biographies and interests can be found here.

Martin Bushell, Cambridge
Pierre Close, Liege
Vishva Dixit, San Francisco
Michaela Frye, Cambridge
Douglas Green, Memphis               
Sharad Kumar, Adelaide
Scott W. Lowe, New York
Xin Lu, Oxford
Tak W. Mak, Toronto
Owen J. Sansom, Glasgow
Maria Soengas, Madrid
Brigitta Stockinger, London
Charles Swanton, London
Ashok Venkitaraman, Cambridge
Karen Vousden, London      
Anne E. Willis, Cambridge


Organising Committee

Ivano Amelio
Martin Bushell
Gerry Melino
Ashok Venkitaraman
Anne E. Willis

CDDiscovery Chief Liaison Editor

Alessandro Rufini

CDD MRC-TU Conference Secretariat

Julie Smith 

Registration & Abstract Submission

Registration is NOW OPEN. Click here to access the registration portal.


Early Bird Registration
by May 14th
Late Registration
by July 31st
PhD Student £395 £465
Academic £455 £525

Registration fees include access to lecture sessions, accommodation for 2 nights (17-19 September) in single ensuite bedroom at the Clare College, meals and Gala Dinner in the Great Hall on the evening of 18th of September.

From more information please email us at: CDDConference2018@gmail.com

Abstract Submission

The CDD Conference organisation will offer participants the chance to present their work to colleagues from around the world. Submitted abstracts will be selected for oral presentations or poster exhibition. All the abstracts will be considered for publication as Conference Proceedings in a special supplement of the CDDpress journal Cell Death Discovery. If you do not wish your abstract to be published you can indicate your preference during the submission process.

Abstract submission is NOW CLOSED. Please contact the organisers for any information.

The CDDiscovery Chief Liaison Editor
Alessandro Rufini


Bursary Applications

CDDpress and MRC-TU are pleased to be able to offer conference bursaries to assist students and junior postdocs to attend the meeting. The bursaries provide funds to fully cover registration fees, including conference attendance, accommodation and meals.

  • Eligibility: Applications are welcome from students and early-career researchers  with less than 3 years of postdoctoral experience.



  • 2018 CDD Prize & Award 

  • Following a long standing presence in the field of cell death, CDDpress strengthen the link with the scientific community by establishing The CDD Juerg Tschopp PRIZE and The CDD AWARD. These awards are dedicated to outstanding career contributions in our field. Prize winners are recognized as active investigators who have produced innovative, paradigm-shifting research that is worthy of significant and broad attention in the field of cell death.

    The CDD AWARD Advisory Committee (EH Baehrecke TW Mak, RA Knight, M Piacentini, A Strasser, G Melino), following a call for nominations from all editors of the CDD journals, is proud to announce The 2018 CDD PRIZE & AWARD:

    Awards 2018

    The winners will receive the award and present the keynote lecture at 2018 CDD Conference in Cambridge.


    From more information please email us at: CDDConference2018@gmail.com


    This 9th special conference will be held in Clare College, Cambridge, UK

    Riley Auditorium
    The Riley Auditorium comfortably seats 150 delegates in raked seating with excellent AV facilities and easy access.
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    The college’s 17th century Great Hall

    Below is the location of Clare College close to the city centre of Cambridge.