First meeting of the MOC3 (Marseille-Oxford Cancer Centres Collaboration) October 4-5, Villa Gaby in Marseille
October 4th and 5th 2018 saw the first Marseille-Oxford Cancer Centres Collaboration (MOC3) meeting, held in the beautiful location of Villa Gaby, Marseille. This reflects a new partnership between the Cancer Research UK Oxford Centre, the Cancer Research Center of Marseille and the Institut Paoli-Calmettes. The objectives of these cancer centres are closely aligned, across both basic and clinical activities. The aim of MOC3 is to benefit from the complementary state-of the-art expertise and experimental and clinical infrastructures of the two sites to tackle major clinical challenges faced by those treating cancer patients, where these close working relationship will also support joint funding applications for new projects.
The first meeting focussed on genome stability and the DNA damage response, based upon the respective strengths in these fields of both centres, from basic through translational research and in clinical practice. Thirty-five Oxford scientists and sixty-five Marseille scientists including students, post-doctoral fellows and group leaders attended the meeting which consisted of talks, posters sessions and a workshop -- the latter proving very successful in identifying new collaborative projects that will be up-and-running in the next few months.