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RTD is supporting the 1st Bowel Cancer Symposium between Imperial College and John Hopkins

We are very pleased to announce formally the exciting event being planned by the colorectal research teams at the Imperial College and John Hopkins University (USA).

Paul Finch, the Chair of Red Trouser Day has been asked to speak to give a patient perspective. Please come along and support him and the incredible line up being planned.

Please feel free to bring along friends, family & colleagues. To register, please click


08.00-08.45  Registration
08.45-09.00  Opening Remarks – Prof Ara Darzi, Imperial College London

Session 1: Registries – Guidelines – Epidemiology – US vs UK

09:05- 09:25    Miss Stella Nikolaou, Imperial College London
Colorectal Cancer Registries and Guidelines: Comparing the United Kingdom and United States of America and the Call for International Standardization

09:25 – 09:45    Prof Amanda Cross, Imperial College London
Epidemiology and Screening of CRC: What’s Changing?

09:45 – 10:05    Mr James Kinross, Imperial College London
Is it in the ‘genes’ the ‘environment’ or the’ gut’?  

10:05 – 10:25    Dr Atif Zaheer, Johns Hopkins University
Rectal Cancer MRI: Staging and treatment response assessment

10.25-10.55  Morning coffee

Session 2: Neo-adjuvant/adjuvant treatments of rectal cancer

10:55 – 11:15    Prof Jonathan Efron, Johns Hopkins University
Organ preservation in rectal cancer. How? When? Why?

11:15 – 11:35    Dr Haniee Chung, Johns Hopkins University
Total neo-adjuvant treatment for rectal cancer

11:35 – 11:55    Prof Long Jiao, Imperial College London
Synchronous metastatic disease. Primary or liver first?

11:55 – 12:15    Dr Adrian Murphy, Johns Hopkins University
Immunotherapy Trials

12:15 – 13:15    Lunch

Session 3: Multidisciplinary discussion of rectal cancer cases

13:15 – 15:15    Panel members:

Prof David Cunningham, Prof Gina Brown, Dr Svetlana Balyasnikova, Dr Diana Tait, Dr Irene Chong, Dr Ian Chau, Dr Naureen Starling, Dr Sheela Rao, Dr Katharine Aitken, Mr Shahnawaz Rasheed, Mr Christos Kontovounisios, Prof Paris Tekkis, Dr Daniel Levine, Dr Andrew Wotherspoon, Prof Jonathan  Efron, Dr Atif Zaheer, Dr Haniee Chung, Dr Adrian Murphy, Dr Bashar Safar

15:15 – 15:30     Afternoon tea

Session 4: Minimally invasive approaches to rectal cancer

15:30 – 15:50    Miss Sarah Mills, Imperial College London
Local excision vs TME

15:50 – 16:10    Mr Oliver Warren, Imperial College London
Laparoscopic vs Transanal TME approaches to rectal cancer

16:10 – 16:35    Dr Bashar Safar, Johns Hopkins University
Robotic approaches to TME (Training – registry)

Session 5: Patient participation involvement  

16:35 – 16:50     Mr Paul Finch, CEO Red Trouser Day Charity

16:50 – 17:00    Closing Remarks – Prof Paris Tekkis, Imperial College London