Media Releases

Oncology conference brings together researchers from Canada and Brazil’s top research universities

November 15, 2013

Researchers from the University of Toronto and Brazil’s Universidade de São Paulo will share latest findings

TORONTO, ON — Renowned can­cer researchers from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to and its part­ner hos­pi­tals and the Uni­ver­si­dade de São Paulo are pre­sent­ing their lat­est find­ings at a pres­ti­gious con­fer­ence today at the MaRS Audi­to­ri­um in the heart of Toronto’s Dis­cov­ery Dis­trict.

“This joint con­fer­ence is a great oppor­tu­ni­ty for the world-renowned can­cer experts at U of T and our part­ner hos­pi­tals to form research col­lab­o­ra­tions with our peers at Uni­ver­si­dade de São Paulo” said Pro­fes­sor Peter Lewis, Asso­ciate Vice-Pres­i­dent, Glob­al Research Part­ner­ships.  “Togeth­er, our research teams will be stronger than the sum of their parts.”

The con­fer­ence will cul­mi­nate in a pub­lic lec­ture by Dr. Steven Nar­od, world-renowned breast and ovar­i­an can­cer researcher, titled “Can­cer Pre­ven­tion in the Era of Per­son­al­ized Med­i­cine.” Over the course of his career, Dr. Nar­od has pro­found­ly shaped cur­rent knowl­edge of how to assess breast and ovar­i­an can­cer risk and reduce its mor­tal­i­ty amongst car­ri­ers of BRCA1 and BRCA2 muta­tions. Dr. Nar­od is a Tier I Cana­da Research Chair in Breast Can­cer, a Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to pro­fes­sor in the Dal­la Lana School of Pub­lic Health and the Depart­ment of Med­i­cine, and a senior sci­en­tist and direc­tor of the Famil­ial Breast Can­cer Research Unit, Wom­en’s Col­lege Research Insti­tute.

In par­al­lel to the con­fer­ence on oncol­o­gy, lead­ing experts in inter­na­tion­al rela­tions from Uni­ver­si­dade de São Paulo joined their col­leagues at the Munk School of Glob­al Affairs for a work­shop called “The Role of Mid­dle Pow­ers in the 21st Cen­tu­ry Glob­al Are­na.” Co-orga­nized with USP’s Insti­tute of Inter­na­tion­al Rela­tions, the work­shop will ini­ti­ate impor­tant con­ver­sa­tions about future col­lab­o­ra­tive research projects between the two impor­tant research uni­ver­si­ties.

These events fol­low a sim­i­lar series of events held last year in São Paulo, focused on Neu­ro­science and Glob­al Cities. To help sup­port research col­lab­o­ra­tions that emerge from these joint con­fer­ences, the Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to and the Uni­ver­si­dade de São Paulo have each con­tributed funds to sup­port col­lab­o­ra­tive research projects between their researchers.


For more infor­ma­tion, con­tact:

Media Rela­tions
Tel: 416–978-0100