Scottish Cancer Conference 2023 Programme

Registration & Refreshments


Miles Briggs MSP (Co-Convener, Scottish Parliament Cross-Party Group on Cancer)

Patient Speaker

Barclay Low

Keynote speech - Danish Cancer Care: Lessons Learned Over the Past Two Decades

Professor Michael Borre (Senior Consultant, Department of Urology, Aarhus University Hospital, Denmark)

Break & Networking

Breakout Sessions

The Currency of Capacity: Alleviating System Pressure with Capacity Extending Innovations

Chair: Gail Grant (Head of Government Affairs, AbbVie)
Caroline Donoghue (Senior Policy Officer, Myeloma UK)
Karen Bell (Cancer Research Network Manager, NHS Research Scotland)
Linda Galbraith (Patient and Public Involvement Member, Glasgow)

Less Survivable Cancers: Palliative Care

Chair: Lorraine Dallas (Chair of the Less Survivable Cancers Taskforce Scottish Group and Director of Prevention, Information and Support at the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation)
Dr Jo Bowden (Consultant in Palliative Medicine, NHS Fife, University of St Andrews Clinical Research Fellow)
Joined by a patient advocate.

The Ten-Year Ambition to Deliver Clinical Management Pathways for Cancer Across Scotland

Chair: Dr Noelle O’Rourke (National Clinical Lead, Scottish Cancer Network)
Dr Frances Yuille (Consultant in Clinical Oncology, NHS Lothian)
Seonaid McLachlan (Senior Clinical Pharmacist, Scottish Cancer Network)
Olga Szelemej (Project Manager, Scottish Cancer Network)

Lunch & Networking

Breakout Sessions

Precision Medicine in Cancer - Can Scotland’s Reality Fulfil the Ambition?

Chair: Alison Culpan (Director, Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry Scotland)
Marian McNeil (Chief Executive Officer, Precision Medicine Scotland Innovation Centre)
Tricia Roxburgh (Professor of Experimental Cancer Medicine and Consultant Medical Oncologist, University of Glasgow/Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre)
Ross Stirling-Young (Cancer Patient Advocate)

Bringing the Fight to Cancer: Proactive Rather Than Reactive Strategies to Beat Cancer

Chair: Ed Roberts (Junior Research Investigator, Cancer Research UK Scotland Institute)
Sara Zanivan (Senior Research Investigator, Cancer Research UK Scotland Institute)
Hing Leung (Professor of Urology and Surgical Oncology, Cancer Research UK Scotland Institute)

Diet, Obesity and Cancer - The Importance of Taking a Prevention-led Approach

Chair: Professor Lindsay Jaacks (Global Chair of Health and Nutrition, University of Edinburgh)
Jonathan Roden (NCD Alliance Scotland/Policy and Public Affairs Manager, British Heart Foundation)
Lorraine Tulloch (Programme Lead, Obesity Action Scotland)

Conversation with Cabinet Secretary for NHS Recovery, Health and Social Care Led by Michelle Mitchell OBE

Michael Matheson MSP (Cabinet Secretary for NHS Recovery, Health and Social Care)
Michelle Mitchell OBE (Chief Executive, Cancer Research UK)

Break & Networking

Panel Session - What’s Needed for the Cancer Workforce Over the Next Ten Years and Beyond?

Chair: Dr Owen Jackson (Director of Policy, Cancer Research UK)
Dr Noelle O’Rourke (National Clinical Lead, Scottish Cancer Network)
Dr Douglas Rigg (Co-chair of Scottish Primary Care Cancer Group)
Denise Calder (Director of Strategic Partnerships, Cancer Research UK Scotland Centre)
Mr Iain Tait (Clinical Lead, North Cancer Alliance)

Scottish Cancer Foundation Lecture: Implementing Lung Cancer Screening in Scotland - Challenges and Opportunities

Dr David Weller (James Mackenzie Professor of General Practice, University of Edinburgh)
Dr Tasmin Sommerfield (National Clinical Advisor for Screening, National Screening Oversight, NHS National Services Scotland)

Closing Remarks

Jackie Baillie MSP (Co-Convener, Scottish Parliament Cross-Party Group on Cancer)

Conference Close