The Indian Cancer Genetics and Genomics Conference-2020
The Indian Cancer Genetics and Genomics Conference-2020 (ICGGC-2020) was organized on a hybrid-virtual platform on the 24th and 25th of November 2020. This was organised by the Department of Medical Oncology, AIIMS, New Delhi in association with the Indo-UK Genetic Education Forum, under the aegis of the Research and Education Society of medical Oncology (RESMO).
Genetics and genomics are playing an ever-increasing role in deciding the management of cancers, be it the diagnosis, prognosis, precision therapeutic management or precision prevention. The role of genomics and genetics in oncology is evolving at an extremely fast pace and it is prudent to keep abreast of it. Precision prevention, particularly identifying the high-risk families and unaffected relatives has a tremendous potential for preventing cancers and altering the natural history of the disease. With this intent in mind, this conference was planned to present the current state-of -the art management in Clinical Cancer Genetics. It was an educational event targeted to the residents training in medical, surgical, radiation oncology and gynaecological and breast surgery in different institutes all over the country.
The conference had a galaxy of esteemed faculty, including renowned clinicians and geneticists from the United kingdom, the United Sates, leading academic institutes across the length and breadth of India including AIIMS-New Delhi, Tata Memorial Hospital-Mumbai, PGIMER-Chandigarh, JIPMER-Puducherry, Cancer Institute-Adyar, Chennai.
The first day was dedicated to Hereditary breast and ovarian cancers and the speakers explained the current concepts and the state- of – the art practice. Important data from European and Indian studies were presented and discussed. Panel discussion explaining the important aspects of clinical management was organised. The second day was dedicated was Lynch syndrome, Li Fraumeni, Retinoblastoma and other miscellaneous cancers. The laboratory principles, technical details of reporting, genetic counselling etc were addressed.
The event was attended online and appreciated by more than 800 viewers all over the world. The videos of the event, both days 1 & 2 are available at the link on the institute website.