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Cancer scientist represents European researchers at World Economic Forum in China

Professor Fran Balkwill from Queen Mary University of London was selected as a high-level delegation to the World Economic Forum in Dalian, China, this week to discuss her work in cancer research.

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Professor Fran Balkwill speaking to guests at World Economic Forum
Professor Fran Balkwill speaking to guests at World Economic Forum

As one of three researchers selected by the European Research Council (ERC) to attend, she participated in presentations, panel discussions and press conferences on the topic of ‘Tackling cancer from within – new perspectives’.

Professor Balkwill from Barts Cancer Institute at Queen Mary said: “It was a huge honour to be selected by the ERC to go to World Economic Forum, and an amazing experience in so many ways. I met some really fascinating people from many different disciplines and learnt about things way outside my comfort zone. I’m also hoping that this leads to new collaborations with my ERC co-presenters.”

Professor Fran Balkwill with ERC delegates in front of artist's wall at World Economic Forum
Professor Fran Balkwill with ERC delegates in front of artist's wall at World Economic Forum

In 2012, Professor Balkwill was awarded €2.43m by the ERC for ‘CANBUILD’, a five year project on cancer cell research by using bioengineering techniques to grow the first complex 3D human 'tumour microenvironment' in the laboratory for ovarian cancer.

More information

  • Read Professor Balkwill’s blog on inflammation and cancer, which was published on the World Economic Forum website.
  • Study postgraduate courses in Cancer at Barts Cancer Institute, Queen Mary University of London.

For media information, contact:

Joel Winston
Faculty Communications Manager (Medicine and Dentistry)
email: j.winston@qmul.ac.uk