Arturo Falaschi Conference “Advances in prostate and cervical cancer research”

Cape Town, South Africa

31 October – 2 November 2023

Nearly 10 million people died from cancer in 2020. The disease incidence is increasing for several reasons: an aging population – most of the people diagnosed with cancer are older than 60; dietary changes; tobacco and alcohol use; and lack of physical activity. Cancer-causing infections, such as human papillomavirus (HPV) and hepatitis are also important drivers of increased cancer incidence.
Globally, prostate cancer is is the second most common cancer. Among African men, it is ranked 1st in both incidence and mortality. Growing knowledge of human genetics is changing the way physicians and researchers approach both the diagnosis and the treatment of cancer. Genomic information about prostate cancer is leading to better diagnoses and treatment strategies.
Cervical cancer is a preventable disease. The main cause of cervical cancer is persistent infection with human papillomavirus (HPV), which is transmitted through sexual contact. Vaccines exist that protect against high-risk HPV types, and screening programmes can detect signs of disease. However, high incidence rates and high mortality rates for cervical cancer occur mainly in low- and middle-income countries.
Several key technologies have emerged in biomedical research. These types of analyses are now critical for performing effective research aimed at developing a better understanding of disease pathology, as well as for designing new approaches for clinical treatment. This conference will focus on the basic and molecular aspects of prostate and cervical cancer diseases. The aim is to give an overview of the current scenario of these  diseases, how their research fields are progressing, how to obtain valuable information from them, and how to teach this information to others. We have a line-up of outstanding speakers and leading experts, and the conference is an excellent opportunity for you to meet with exceptional investigators from all over the world, creating an unparalleled opportunity for networking and collaboration.


  • Prevalence and Incidence
  • Pathology
  • Molecular Aspects
  • Treatment
  • Awareness
  • Vaccines
  • Genomics Databases and analysis
  • Functional Genomics
  • New Approaches and Research
  • Infections, Biology
  • Epidemiology, and Oncoviruses

Invited Speakers

  • Vanessa Hayes, University of Sydney, Australia
  • Carlo Catapano, Institute of Oncology Research, Switzerland
  • Giuseppina Carbone, Institute of Oncology Research, Switzerland
  • Karl Munger, Tufts University, USA
  • John Doorbar, University of Cambridge, – United Kingdom
  • Lynette Denny, University of Cape Town, South Africa
  • Allen Matubu, University of Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe

Sponsored by


Researchers involved in the field of cancer epidemiology, molecular virology, cancer biology, laboratory sciences (microbiology, genetics, immunology and pathology), genomics. Students, early career scientists and junior faculty are welcome to attend. Poster sessions and oral presentations will be organized.


To complete your Registration you will be asked to upload your CV and Abstract.
PhD and MSc students must ensure they also upload the supervisor’s Reference Letter to complete their registration.


Regular fee: ZAR (South African Rand) 3,000
The link to proceed with the payment will be sent to you with the Registration confirmation.

Financial assistance

Participants are expected to cover their own travel and living costs.

A limited number of grants, covering accommodation (twin share) and registration fee for the duration of the workshop are available for a selected number of nationals of ICGEB Member States and selected students/ junior scientists.

Deadline for application and registration: 20 September 2023
Ensure you proceed with the payment of the registration fee AFTER you registered for the event.


Selected participants will have the opportunity to present their current research. Abstracts will be considered for either oral or poster presentation.
You must REGISTER for the meetings AND submit your abstract via the online portal.
Abstracts should (preferably) focus on unpublished material.

Deadline for abstract submission: 31 August 2023
Short talks will be selected from the submitted abstracts

Scientific Organisers

Luiz F. Zerbini (ICGEB Cape Town, South Africa) and Lawrence Banks (ICGEB, Trieste, Italy)

Meeting Contact

ICGEB Cape Town Component
[email protected]

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Meeting Location

UCT Graduate School of Business
9 Portswood Rd, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront,
Cape Town, 8002, South Africa

Tel: +27-21-406 6335
Fax: +27-21-406 6060
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