Posted on Monday, March 4th, 2019 at 9:49 AM by IK K
Inspire2Live, a cancer patient foundation based in Amsterdam, partnered with the Whitehead Institute at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to host a three-day oncology Discovery Forum in Cambridge, MA in mid-February. Among the unique attributes of this forum was that it assembled top world-wide preclinical and clinical researchers in key oncology sub-disciplines to present their latest findings. The forum group followed their initial presentations of current work by collectively brainstorming on ways in which their individual research could inform and influence their peers’ work. Inspire2Live pioneered this approach to integrate disciplines in the latest oncology research areas in order to achieve collaborative value beyond any one institution or researcher.
CEO of Inspire2Live, Peter Kapitein, and Whitehead Institute Founding Member, Bob Weinberg kicked off the forum over a working dinner on Friday evening. Leading off the presentations of current research were:
An early start over breakfast on Saturday morning continued the research presentations by:
Beginning Saturday afternoon of the Discovery Forum, the group turned its focus to brainstorming collectively on how each other’s research could benefit from or influence the work of others. The discussions were facilitated by Lex Eggermont from IGR. Although there was insufficient time to generate conclusions or results, the discussion prompted new ideas including on the topics:
Saturday evening was an opportunity for a more relaxing and social dinner with the team.
Once again on Sunday, the collaborative and integrative discussions began early over breakfast at the Whitehead Institute. The group concluded by agreeing to ponder potential areas of mutual interest. It was recommended that a follow-up session be scheduled in 6-9 months.