The International VACTRAIN/3rd Swedish-Ukrainian Conference on Cancer Diseases was held on the basis of the Karolinska Institutet (Stockholm, Sweden), January 16-17, 2017.
It was supported by the program «Horizon 2020-MSCA-RISE-2016-Commissione-Europe» (Project «Twinning on DNA-based cancer vaccines», VACTRAIN). More then 70 researchers from Sweden, Ukraine, Poland, and Latvia participated in the conference. The leading specialists from Karolinska Institutet (KI), RE Kavetsky Institute of Experimental Pathology, Oncology and Radiobiology of the NAS of Ukraine (IEPOR), Riga Stradins University (Latvia), and University of Lodz (Poland) delivered key-note lecturers.
The conference was devoted to the studies of the most urgent problems of fundamental and clinical oncology. Among them were: (a) importance of epithelial-mesenchymal transition in tumor selection and progression; (b) role of structural proteins, including laminin, integrin and cadherin, in tumor cells' motility; (c) mechanisms of chemoresistance formation; (d) searching targets for cancer immunotherapy; (e) development of new anticancer drugs; (f) usage of adoptive immunotherapy, and the possibilities of immunotherapy application for personalized treatment of cancer patients.
The Vice-Chancellor of the KI Professor Karin Dahlman-Wright in her Welcome Speech presented the main activities of the KI that aimed at studying different aspects of cancer, and also noted the importance of international cooperation that can contribute to new scientific achievements.
The Director of the IEPOR Professor Vasyl Chekhun outlined that the bilateral cooperation with the KI will contribute to the effective foundation of basic principles for further implementation in practical oncology. He also noted that due to the Program Horizon-2020 the researchers from IEPOR, especially the younger generation, were able to improve their knowledge and gain new contacts for further cooperation.
Dr. Kateryna Tyminska, the representative of the Embassy of Ukraine in the Kingdom of Sweden, stressed the importance of scientific cooperation between our two countries – Ukraine and Sweden, that will promote the integration of Ukraine into the European Research Area.