The International Society for Gastrointestinal Hereditary Tumours (InSiGHT) is a new organisation formed by the
merger of the Leeds Castle Polyposis Group and the International Collaborative Group on Hereditary Non Polyposis
Colon Cancer. Professor John Burn, Chair of InSiGHT will be your host for the Inaugural Conference to be held in
Newcastle Gateshead 14-17 June 2005.
The meeting will focus on the general theme of Genetic Instability, the core research theme of the Life Knowledge Park.
There are 6 Knowledge Parks in the UK dedicated to expanding the applications of genetics in healthcare.
The scientific committee have identified a galaxy of international speakers including Malcolm Dunlop from Edinburgh and
Riccardo Fodde from Rotterdam, both members of the scientific committee, Inke Nathke from Dundee and Allan Clarke from
Cardiff on new understanding of the roles of APC, Hans Clevers from Utrecht on the Peutz-Jeghers Gene in Homeostasis and Disease,
Josef Jiricny from Zurich on the role of the mismatch repair genes and Steve Gallinger from Toronto
on the continuing debate around the significance of microsatellite instability in response to chemotherapy. Jeremy Jass from
Montreal will provide new insights into Polyp Pathology, while Tom Kirkwood, a recent BBC Reith lecturer on Ageing will
discuss exciting developments in mitochondrial defects in the colonic wall. There will be a wide range of presentations on clinical
and counselling aspects of gastrointestinal cancers including symposia on management of Duodenal Polyps, and counselling challenges
in different cultural groups.
The first part of the meeting will incorporate the annual meeting of the Cancer Genetics Group of the British Society for Human Genetics
while on the last day we will have a session devoted to progress of the CAPP studies and planning for CAPP3. For UK attendees, CME has been
approved from the Colleges of Physicians, of Pathologists and of Surgeons. A possibility for CME approval in the USA is also being explored.
We are also inviting delegates to submit abstracts. Details of how to go about this are in the abstract section of
The annual meeting of the Cancer Genetics Group will be held at the Centre for Life. The 3 day InSiGHT Conference
will take place at the new Hilton Hotel on the banks of the river Tyne, overlooking a city with a
2000-year heritage and a reputation as one of the world’s best places to party! The locals are known as Geordies
and are renowned for their warm welcome. Please mark the dates in your diary. We look forward to welcoming you to
a truly memorable scientific, clinical and social event.