Researcher: Dr. Bruno Paiva Center: : Clínica Universidad de Navarra Introduction:  Multiple myeloma is the second most common blood cancer. It has extremely high mortality rates and there is still no cure for it.  Myeloma, like other blood diseases, goes through a benign stage called Monoclonal Gammopathy of Undetermined Significance (MGUS) which, in most cases, does not progress to serious disease. However,

Researcher: Dra. María Casanova Center: CNIO, Madrid Introduction:  At present, there are no adequate treatments for triple negative breast cancer, an extremely aggressive cancer with high mortality rates. One of the most significant complications of this cancer is that 60% of patients develop metastases, the causes of which remain largely unknown.  Advances in understanding the immune system have enabled the following to be identified: a highly varied and heterogeneous group of tumour cells (called myeloid cells), which occasionally behave abnormally, stop rejection of the tumour and may have a crucial function in the

Researcher: Dr. Alejo Rodríguez-Fraticelli Center: : Institut de Recerca Biològica IRB, Barcelona Introduction:  One in 50-100 people will develop leukaemia within their lifetime. Although cure rates are high for many types of leukaemia, there is no effective treatment for Acute Myeloid Leukaemia (AML). Despite decades of research, no treatment is ultimately effective.  One cause of this is that, as they become treatment-resistant, these tumours

Researcher: Dra. Isabel Mendizábal Center: CIC bioGUNE, Bilbao Introduction Advanced prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer mortality in males. Generally, the cause of death in these patients is the onset of metastases, against which treatments tend not to be very effective.  Understanding the mechanisms of metastasis, however, is complex. The tumours are not homogeneous, not all tumour cells are

Researcher: Dra. María Esperanza Rodríguez Ruiz Center: Clinica Universidad de Navarra   Introduction: There are around 35,100 lung cancer deaths in the UK every year, that’s 96 every day. Lung cancer is the most common cause of cancer death in the UK, accounting for 21% of all cancer deaths.   Despite advances in the treatment of

Principal Researcher Dr. Joaquin Mateo Center: Vall d’Hebron Institute of Oncology (VHIO) Introduction:  Despite advances in prostate cancer treatment, metastatic prostate cancer remains a fatal disease. Over the last few years, huge work has gone into discovering therapies directed specifically at some targets in these cells. There are, however, few available options.  One such option is PARP inhibitors. It has recently been discovered that numerous patients with metastatic prostate cancer have mutations in the different mechanisms that repair the DNA. This causes the cells to accumulate more mutations, which they cannot repair and they increasingly become