StratCan Interactive Summer School

StratCan Interactive Summer School in Cancer is an international summer school arranged annually. The aim is to create a truly interactive atmosphere and an active exchange of knowledge, experiences and ideas between students, lecturers and organizers.

The program contains organized lectures and discussions, as well as plenty of opportunities for informal exchange and discussions. 
The summer school is intended for PhD students and post-doctoral fellows. The number of participants is limited to around 30-40 to ensure an thruly interactive format and a small registration fee has been collected.

2017

Cancer Genomics

The 2017 StratCan Interactive Summer School focuses on Genomics within cancer. The summer school will be held June 13th - June 16th at Sånga-Säby in the Stockholm archipelago.

The summer school will give students a comprehensive overview of Cancer Genomics, and allows students to present their own work and interact with world-leading professors in their research area.

Six of the top scientists in the genomics field have been hand-picked to help the students to focus in on the following themes:

  • Functional Cancer Genomics
  • Computational Cancer Genomics
  • Clinical Cancer Genomics
  • Cancer Evolution
  • Cancer Genomics
  • Chemical Genomics

The following speakers are confirmed:

  • Dr Sebastian Nijman, Director of Functional Genomics at the Target Discovery Institute
  • Professor Sampsa Hautaniemi, University of Helsinki
  • Professor Lauri Aaltonen, University of Helsinki & KI
  • Professor Ian Tomlinson, University of Oxford
  • Dr. Thijn Brummelkamp, Netherlands Cancer Institute

Program outline and application procedure to the StratCan Summer School 2017 on Cancer Genomics

2016

Cancer Cell Niche

StratCan Interactive Summer School in Cancer 2016 was held June 14-17 at Conference Hotel Yasuragi in the Stockholm archipelago. This Summer School on "Cancer Cell Niche" was organized by Hong Qian and Julian Walfridsson from Center for Hematology and Regenerative Medicine (HERM) at Karolinska Institute.

2015

Targeting DNA repair in Cancer

StratCan Interactive Summer School in Cancer 2015 was held June 22 - June 25 at Vår Gård Saltsjöbaden in the Stockholm Archipelago. This Summer School on "Targeting DNA repair in Cancer" was organized by Thomas Helleday & Oscar Fernandez-Capetillo.

2014

Using Computation and Systems Biology to Further the Understanding of Cancer

StratCan Interactive Summer School in Cancer 2014 was held August 30 - September 1, 2014 at Vår Gård Saltsjöbaden in the Stockholm Archipelago. This Summer School on "Computation and Systems Biology to Further the Understanding of Cancer" was organized by Andrey Alexeyenko and Ingemar Ehrnberg.

2013 

Targeted Cancer Therapies

StratCan Interactive Summer School in Cancer 2013 was held in June 10-14 at Sandhamn Seglarhotel in the Stockholm archipelago. This Summer School on "Targeted Cancer Therapies" was organized by Galina Selivanova and Giovanna Zinzalla.

Targeted therapies, which include monoclonal antibodies and small-molecules, have significantly changed the treatment of cancer over the past 10 years. Although traditional cytotoxic chemotherapy is still the widely applied treatment for different types of cancer, targeted therapies are now an important component of treatment for many common malignancies.

Targeted therapy has raised new questions about the tailoring of cancer treatment to an individual patient's tumor, the assessment of drug effectiveness and toxicity, and the economics of cancer care.

The meeting covered the most exciting and promising advances in targeted therapies. The event is designed to promote interactions between young researchers (PhD students and postdoctoral fellows) and leaders in different fields of cancer research to discuss challenges and opportunities in this area.

Plenary Session Topics

  • Epigenetics
  • Targeting Oncogenic and Tumour Suppressor Transcription Factors: MYC and p53
  • Biologics for Cancer Therapies
  • Tyrosine Kinase Signal Transduction Pathways

Keynote Speakers

  • Gerard Evan (Cambridge University, UK)
  • Mien-Chie Hung (MD Anderson Cancer Center, USA)
  • Brian Huntly (Cambridge University, UK)
  • David Lane (A*Star Biomedical Science Institutes, Singapore)
  • Greg Winter (Medical Research Council, Cambridge, UK)

PROGRAM FOR THE SUMMER SCHOOL IN TARGETED CANCER THERAPIES

2012 

Tumor Immunology 

StratCan Interactive Summer School in Cancer 2012 was held in June 25-27 at Rastaborg, Linanäs in the Stockholm archipelago. This Summer School on "Tumor Immunology" was organized by Andreas Lundqvist, Rolf Kiessling, and Klas Kärre.

Keynote Speakers and topics

  • Mary Disis: "Animal models for immunoncology"
  • Olivera Finn: "Tumor-associated antigens as disease associated antigens and targets of immunosurveillance"
  • Patrick Hwu: "Immunotherapy of melanoma"
  • Kees Melief: "Immunity to virus-induced cancers"
  • Jeffrey Miller: "Educating NK cells to treat cancer"

The summer school had five distinct themes, each covering half a day and each being lead by an invited word-leading lecturer. Each theme contained an overview lecture, a research presentation and a discussion led by the invited speaker where the students contributed actively.

The summer school also included two poster sessions and a panel discussion on timely issues within the research field.

PROGRAM FOR THE SUMMER SCHOOL IN TUMOR IMMUNOLOGY

2011

Metastasis

The first StratCan Interactive Summer School in Cancer was held in June 2011 at Balingsholm, Stockholm on the topic metastasis. This Summer School on "Metastasis" was organized by Staffan Strömblad, Jonas Bergh, Christer Betsholtz, Dan Grander, Catharina Larsson, Arne Östman. 

Keynote Speakers and topics

Sandy McAllister: "Tumor instigators"
David Lyden: "The pre-metastatic niche"
Katarina Wolf: "Cancer cell migration and invasion"
Klaus Pantel: "Circulating tumor cells and micrometastasis"
David Cameron: "Clinical strategies hindering metastatic spread and development of macrometastasis"

The 1st StratCan Interactive Summer School contained five distinct themes, each covering half a day. For each theme, there was an overview lecture, a research presentation, and a discussion led by the invited speaker where the students actively contributed. There was also two poster sessions and all students presented a poster. The summer school ended with a panel discussion on timely issues within the research field.

PROGRAM FOR THE SUMMER SCHOOL ON METASTASIS

All 32 participants said afterwards that they would like to attend another Summer School organized by StratCan. Comments from participants of the Summer School 2011:

Probably the most interactive meeting I´ve been to.

Thank you for this opportunity - it was a great experience :-). The format, the overview lecture, the research presentations, the student discussions - the whole experience has been great!

I sincerely feel that the interactions between the lecturers and students are of high quality.