Australia – Spain Symposium on Breast Cancer

Australia’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October offers a valuable opportunity to raise awareness and address the impact of breast cancer within our community.

The Instituto Cervantes Sydney is proud to join forces with the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF), the Spanish Association of Cancer Research (ASEICA), and SRAP to present the “Australia-Spain Symposium on Breast Cancer” on Thursday 27th October 2023.

The conference featured the participation of five outstanding researchers. The program began with Ms. Coral Martínez Scar, the Consulate for Culture from Spain and Director of Instituto Cervantes Sydney, delivering the opening remarks. Prof. David Gallego Ortega, the Director of the Single Cell Technology Facility at the School of Biomedical Engineering, UTS, and SRAP member shared his insights.

Dr. Antoni Celia Terrassa from ASEICA introduced the audience to the organization’s activities, while A/Prof. Samantha Oakes, the former Director of Research and Investment at the National Breast Cancer Foundation and adi Associate Prof St. Vincent’s Clinical School, provided an overview of NBCF’s initiatives.

Expertise was also shared by Dr. Maria Muñoz Caffarel, the principal Investigator of the Breast Cancer group at Biodonostia Health Research Institute in San Sebastián, Spain, who presented ASEICA’s project on new avenues for breast cancer immunotherapy. Dr. Laura Rangel, a former Research Associate at the School of Biomedical Engineering, UTS, discussed her NBCF-funded breast cancer project on personalized medicine using high-fidelity patient-derived tumouroids.

The symposium concluded with an interactive Q&A session, followed by a networking opportunity where attendees could connect and engage while enjoying drinks and refreshments. This collaborative event fostered knowledge exchange and advanced breast cancer research and treatment strategies.

The full recording of the  “Australia-Spain Symposium on Breast Cancer”  is available in the Instituto Cervantes Sydney’s YouTube Channel.