Education with a focus on translational cancer research is still an unmet need. To cover that need, the Summer School in Translational Cancer Research was initiated in 2011 by the EurocanPlatform. Since 2016, the course has been offered annually under the umbrella of Cancer Core Europe (CCE), organised in cooperation with the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ), the National Center for Tumor Diseases (NCT) Heidelberg, as well as the German Cancer Consortium (DKTK) and supported by the European Association for Cancer Research (EACR).

The Summer School in Translational Cancer Research will bring together scientists and clinicians from the entire research continuum. It will give examples of research areas covering this continuum from basic through clinical research, to what is needed for an adoption into the health care system and outcomes research. Well-esteemed lecturers will give overview presentations and be available for discussions. An important goal of the Summer School is the interaction between participants coming from both preclinical laboratories and clinical centers. We aim at stimulating interactions for multidisciplinary collaborations at an international level. Participants will be given the opportunity to present their research projects and data by oral or poster presentations.

FEEDBACK FROM PARTICIPANTS

Adouda Adjiri, Physician Scientist: “Overall lectures ranked from good to excellent and each lecture was followed with exciting discussions raised by students’ questions and then by participants.“

Terézia Kisková, PhD Student: “As a basic researcher I sometimes loose the vision of why and what I am doing during the routine of everyday´s laboratory work. The Summer school has bridged the gaps between medical doctors and basic researchers. I now understand even better the need of basic research in the clinics and learnt to understand the "language of clinicians". I would highly recommend everybody to attend the summer school next year.”

Jakob Nikolas Kather, Physician Scientist: “Especially, the mixture of physicians, basic researchers and young specialists in a particular area made it possible to look at our own research projects from different angles. Especially, the comparison between different European countries was very enlightening.”

Soulafa Mamlouk, Postdoc: “The term ‘translation cancer research’ has been so well drilled into our daily nomenclature that we of­ten forget its actual meaning. This event truly reminds of its significance. The mingling of the me­dical and scientific audience reflected the true me­aning of ‘translational’. Add to all that a dazzling re­sort on the cliffs of Portugal’s Algarve and you have the recipe for a perfect scientific summer course."

Sebastian Dieter, Physician Scientist:The course was a unique opportunity to get a comprehensive over­view of trends in different research areas that will shape future cancer treatment. Listening to the ex­citing talks it became very clear that next generation cancer medicine is so much more than identifying targets, developing drugs and giving them to pati­ents: Promoting personalized cancer medicine will mean building bridges between complex research areas as cancer epidemiology, prevention, innova­tive diagnostics and novel treatment strategies. We also need to build up on the developments of technology in the „omics“ era and equally take into account health economic issues. But above all: We need to closely collaborate Europe-wide and world-wide in a very structured manner. Interacting with all these fascinating researchers from all over Euro­pe this meeting was an excellent starting point for me doing so."