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QBI/SBI Symposium on Molecular Networks of Cancer and Other Diseases – the Virtual Edition

Written by: Maryann Kelly
Written on: Friday, 16 October, 2020

On October 29 – 30, SBI will be co-hosting an online symposium with the Quantitative Biosciences Institute (QBI) at University of California San Francisco. The event is free of charge and open to all who register.

The event was originally planned to be held at a venue in Dublin last month. But, what should have been a large collaborative scientific event was – like so many things this year – postponed to Autumn 2021 in the hopes that in-person conferences will return to normal in the new year. However, the organisers of the QBI/SBI Symposium on Molecular Networks of Cancer and Other Diseases did not cancel everything. After tossing the idea back and forth across the Atlantic, SBI’s Walter Kolch and QBI’s Nevan Krogan though it would be a shame to lose the momentum towards the big event and decided to host a smaller, online version in the interim.

Now featuring a total of 19 speakers from across University College Dublin and University of California San Francisco, the QBI/SBI Symposium will be streamed live online on October 29 and 30 (8 – 10:45 am PDT, 4 – 6:45 pm GMT). The speakers’ list is a mix of early-career researchers and scientific heavy-hitters coming from different veins of biology, computer science, medicine and chemistry, all with a focus on cancer.

“We are really looking forward to this symposium,” said Walter Kolch, Director of SBI. “It is a fantastic collection of very groundbreaking scientific talks from across the world. We are very excited to be collaborating with QBI on the programme and we think it will be both interesting and fun.”

"One of QBI’s main missions is to foster collaborations across the world to facilitate the advancement of science with the ultimate goal of developing treatments and solutions at a faster pace with more minds working together as opposed to silos of information that are hard to breach,” said Nevan Krogan, Director of QBI. “We are thrilled to bring together a high caliber group of scientists from our two institutions."

Unlike most in-person symposia, the scientific talks for this virtual edition will only be about 10 minutes each, keeping the flow fresh and engaging for attendees who may be suffering any recent bouts of Zoom fatigue. In addition, the organisers may have a few surprises up their sleeves – after all, it is Halloween week!

UCD and UCSF signed a 5-year International Unit Affiliation Agreement (IUAA) last year to develop closer educational, research, innovation and cultural links between both institutions.

The QBI/SBI virtual symposium (and the hopeful in-person event in Dublin next year) comes as part of the 5-year UCD/UCSF International Unit Affiliation Agreement (IUAA), a collaboration to develop closer educational, research, innovation and cultural links between UCD and UCSF.

For more information on QBI/SBI Symposium on Molecular Networks of Cancer and Other Diseases or to register, check out the symposium website: http://qbi.ucsf.edu/qbi-sbi-symposium.

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