North West Cancer Research Centre Scientific Symposium 2018

On Friday 20th April 2018, the NWCR Centre@UoL welcomed over 200 academic staff, research staff and postgraduate research students to the Annual Scientific Symposium, at the Victoria Gallery and Museum, University of Liverpool.

The Centre celebrated its 4th year at the event, and the generous support received since it was opened in April 2014 by North West Cancer Research Charity and the University of Liverpool, as well as its recent  renewal until 2020.

This year’s Annual Scientific Symposium covered a range of basic and translational research, providing an overview of what is being conducted by its Principal Investigators and their teams in Liverpool, Lancaster and Bangor. The event also welcomed two external Keynote speakers: Ilaria Malanchi from the Francis Crick Institute, and Helen Fowler, from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

For the second year running, the NWCRC welcomed sixth form students from 5 schools across the Merseyside region.  The aim is to provide a better understanding of what scientists do, and the research questions they are addressing with respect to the development and treatment of cancer. The day for the students included some lectures, judging the photo completion, seeing exhibits (e.g. from 3D Life Prints) as well as lab tours.

The Annual Scientific Symposium celebrated the very best of innovation and science, inviting junior scientists the opportunity to present posters, photos, and 60 second summary presentations.

Congratulations to the following winners and runners up.


  • 1st Place: Carlos De Figueiredo
  • 2nd Place: Georgia Greaves
  • 3rd Place: Jennifer Mitchell

60 SECOND SUMMARY PRESENTATION: ‘Linda M. Roberts In Memorium Award'. 

  • Winner: Sophie Cowman

This award was presented by lay member, Eddie Roberts, in memory of his sister who passed away from colorectal cancer.


  • 1st Place: Mateus Milani- “An energetic toast!”
  • 2nd Place: Lawrence Howell- “Planetoid organoid”
  • 3rd Place: Keerthika Sampat- “What lies beneath”

View the programme for the NWCR Centre UoL Annual Scientific Symposium Programme 2018