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7th Annual ToPCaP Retreat Convened with a Restless Baroarbunga Volcano as a Backdrop
October 28, 2014

7th Annual ToPCaP Retreat Convened with a Restless Baroarbunga Volcano as a Backdrop

Big ideas, biomarkers, new hypotheses, and methods were the top priorities for this year’s retreat held in Reykjavik, Iceland. Two-thirds of the ToPCaP team, representing six countries, participated in the jam-packed two-day conference. The exchange of ideas among this multi-disciplinary, international team provided great motivation for the year ahead.

The retreat commenced with twenty short presentations from a variety of epidemiologists, clinicians, and bench researchers. Presentations on “Chromosomally-integrated HHV-6,” “Holoclones and circular RNAs” and ““Promyeleoctic Leukemia Zinc Finger Proteins” revealed a great diversity of current and future research projects with potentially efficacious findings.

Next, in small break-out sessions, team members discussed “big ideas” in prostate cancer research: new hypotheses, research methods, and grant opportunities. Immunity, diet and obesity, metabolism, stress, and quality of life were among the key topics at hand.

On Friday, the retreat concluded with Junior-to-Senior Investigator exchanges focused on making ToPCaP an even more effective collaboration. Key updates to the ToPCaP website, a young investigator committee, new mentorship opportunities, and potentially even a ToPCaP cohort are all on the horizon.

Unlike the imminent Baroarbunga Volcano, prostate cancer is currently causing devastation worldwide. This year’s retreat provided assurance that ToPCaP will continue to make significant strides against prostate cancer in the months and years ahead.