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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.

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