VHIO´s Meet the Editors / Education & Training

Continuing with our VHIO Meet the Editors series of specially programmed talks, in 2015 we invited M. Teresa Villanueva, Senior Editor of Nature Reviews Cancer, to deliver the next in these insightful presentations. True to the established fame and format of these educational opportunities that were devised by VHIO back in 2011, the session provided oncology professionals of research institutes of excellence in Barcelona with unique opportunity to learn more about scientific publishing and cancer research and put questions and comments directly to M. Teresa Villanueva during the Q & A with the audience. More specifically, her talk included a stepwise look at the life of a Review, including commissioning, developmental editing, the assessment of unsolicited Reviews, and a glance into a ’day in the life’ of a Reviews editor.

VHIO Meet the Editors in 2015:


M. Teresa (Tesi) Villanueva, Senior Editor, Nature Reviews Cancer

Reviews journals: Inside Nature Reviews Cancer

Date & Time:
29 June 2015, 15:00h – 16:15h

Over the past five years we have been extremely fortunate to have welcomed Senior Editors of some of the most prestigious publications in oncology and biomedicine including: Nature, Science, The New England Journal of Medicine, Nature Medicine, Cancer Cell, The Lancet Oncology, Cancer Discovery, Annals of Oncology, and most recently of course, Nature Reviews Cancer.

The Weizmann Institute of Science and VHIO exploration of latest insights into Cellular Communication in Translational Research / Education & Training


Superbly hosted by WIS, this jointly organized meeting incorporated an outstanding panel of speakers cherry-picked by scientific Co-Chairs Irit Sagi, Principal Investigator, Department of Biological Regulation, and Dean of the Fienberg Graduate School at WIS, and Joaquín Arribas, Director of Preclinical Research at VHIO: Cell Communication in Translational Research – bringing basic research into the clinic, 22 – 23 January 2015, Rehovot, Israel.

This two-day conference not only provided a platform through which to share and debate the latest research in the realm of cell communication in cancer, but also endorsed the research strengths and synergies between WIS and VHIO. As we consider the successes of this first joint initiative, we are more than confident that the meeting also represented the ‘kick-off’ for future partnering including research projects, an exchange program, and perhaps even a conference sequel to come.

Please click below to download the Conference Report:

Conference Report

VHIO´s ad-hoc Courses, Workshops & Observerships / Education & Training

Based on specific research lines and areas that have successfully established VHIO as a leading international reference, we share our expertise, learn from eminent guest speakers, discuss and debate our latest findings through the organization of VHIO ad-hoc courses and workshops as well as VHIO Faculty attendance at International cancer conferences.

In 2015 VHIO hosted and co-organized the following ad-hoc courses and workshops:

I Curso-Taller Para Pacientes con Cáncer de Mama (PDF)

Dates: October 2014 – June 2015

Course Coordinators: Vanesa Ortega and Eva Muñoz, Medical Oncologists, VHIO´s Breast Cancer and Melanoma Group

Update on Colorectal Cancer Management (PDF)

Dates: 16 – 17 February

Course Directors: Josep Tabernero, Jaume Capdevila

Preceptorship en Tumores Neuroendocrinos (PDF)

Dates: 9 – 10 March

Course Director: Josep Tabernero
Co-Course Director: Jaume Capdevila

Breast Cancer Preceptorship (PDF)

Dates: 11 – 13 March

Coordinator: Javier Cortés

Update on Gastrointestinal Cancer Management (PDF)

Dates: 16 – 17 March

Course Director: Josep Tabernero
Co-Course Director: Jaume Capdevila

Preceptorship Program en Manejo integral de la Trombocitopenia Inmune Primaria (PDF)

Dates: 19 – 20 March

Program Director: Francesc Bosch
Co-Program Director: David Valcárcel

Preceptorship en Síndromes LinfoProliferativos B (PDF)

Dates: 9 – 10 April

Course Director: Francesc Bosch

HER+Breast Cancer: Challenges and Unanswered Questions (PDF)

Dates: 22 – 23 April

Course Director: Javier Cortés

International Breast Cancer Academy: a novel medical education network for oncologists across Europe, Africa, and the Middle East (PDF)

MODULE 1: Vall d’Hebron Institute of Oncology (VHIO), Barcelona, Spain. Dates: 14 – 15 May
MODULE 2: Jules Bordet Institute, Brussels, Belgium. Dates: 3 – 4 September

Academy Chairs: Javier Cortés (Barcelona, Spain) and Ahmad Awada (Brussels, Belgium)

Programa de Cáncer de Cérvix (PDF)

Dates: 16 – 17 July

Preceptorship Program on Onco-Urology (PDF)

Dates: 30 – 31 July

Course Director: Joan Carles

Preceptorship on Colorectal Cancer Management (PDF)

Dates: 31 August – 01 September 2015

Course Directors: Josep Tabernero & Jaume Capdevila

Medical Education Program on B-Cells Malignancies (PDF)

Dates: 3 – 4 September

Program Director: Francesc Bosch

Tercera Edición: Actualización en Hematología (PDF)

Dates: 10 March, 27 April, 6 October, 10 November

Course Director: Francesc Bosch
Course Coordinator: David Valcárcel

Actualización en Tratamiento Antitrombótico - 3ª Edición (PDF)

Date: 18 September

Organizing Committee: Amparo Santamar’a Ortiz, Ver˜nica Pons Escoll, Pavel Olivera, Laura López Andreoni

Tercera Actualización en Hematología: Linfoma (PDF)

Date: 30 September

Coordinators: A. López, O. Salamero

Update on Colorectal Cancer Management (PDF)

Dates: 15 – 16 October

Course Directors: Josep Tabernero & Jaume Capdevila

Update on Gastrointestinal Cancer Management (PDF)

Date: 27 November

Course Director: Josep Tabernero

Medical Education Program on Ovarian Cancer Management (PDF)

Dates: 17 – 18 December

Program Director: Ana Oaknin

Horizons 2016 / Education & Training

In addition to organizing a 2016 series of Courses, Workshops & Observerships, we are delighted to announce that, with the generous support received from the “la Caixa” Foundation, we are currently planning the forthcoming international VHIO Symposium:

Special VHIO Symposium: Towards Predictive Cancer Models, 26 – 27 May 2016


We are currently making the necessary preparations for our Special VHIO Symposium, Towards Predictive Cancer Models, 26 -27 May, 2016:

Co-chaired by VHIO´s Joaquín Arribas, Director of Preclinical Research, and Laura Soucek, Principal Investigator of our Mouse Models of Cancer Therapies Group, this international meeting has been expertly engineered to bring together an expert panel of internationally acclaimed speakers who will present and debate on and around the five especially selected sessions: Cancer Immunology and Tumor Microenvironment, New Prospectives, Circumventing Therapy Resistance, Redefining the Targets, and New Opportunities from Human Tumor Samples: Explants, Organoids, and PDX.

Just some of the must-have conversations during our Symposium will focus on future study design and how best to report, validate and share results so that we can ultimately build on the undeniable progress marked to-date by each and every model explored throughout our two-day symposium. We will be updated on the very latest research evidencing the ´tried, tested and validated´ of a variety of modeling systems and combined approaches across various tumor types as well as cutting-edge data coming from within the ´stable´ of novel contenders -- organoids and PDX models. We will also discuss how data from preclinical models can be complementary to tumor genetic testing and thus push the boundaries of sequence-based approaches.

Our focus will center firmly on empowering current predictive cancer models by pooling knowledge, sharing perspectives and moving together to more swiftly, and more cost-effectively advance cancer precision medicine.

In addition to the main scientific program, we can also expect to discover yet more relevant and recent advances in predictive cancer science throughout the poster and networking sessions twinned throughout the two lunch breaks. Posters will be divided and displayed across these sessions with their respective author(s) present to discuss their data directly with us all. Following directly after lunch, prior to kicking off the next main symposium session, there will be three invited short talks selected from among the abstracts received.


In recognition of these contributions to our Symposium, prizes sponsored by Nature Reviews Cancer will be awarded to the presenters of the top two posters at the close of the meeting on Friday 27 May.

On behalf of VHIO, the Symposium co-Chairs gratefully thank the generous support received from the “la Caixa” Foundation:


To visit the Symposium´s official website and view the Scientific Program please: click here

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