Illuminating the Dark Matter of the Cancer Genome

More than 700 scientists came together in 2015 to form the Pan-Cancer Analysis of Whole Genomes (PCAWG) project, which analyzed the tumour and healthy tissues of more than 2,800 whole genomes across 39 distinct tumour types – a massive and unprecedented effort toward systematically understanding cancer biology. Now members of the worldwide research project are ready to share the results, which include important new discoveries about how cancer develops and what mysteries remain.

Be one of the first to hear about these discoveries at Illuminating the Dark Matter of the Cancer Genome: The Pan-Cancer Analysis of Whole Genomes Symposium. Join international leaders from the PCAWG project, as well as the International Cancer Genome Consortium and The Cancer Genome Atlas, which together provided the whole genomes for PCAWG, as they share their results, answer questions from the research community about the findings, and discuss the project’s next steps and its potential impact on cancer genome research.

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WAIT LIST | Additional Information

Wait List - We have reached capacity for registration. We are now accepting names on a wait list on a first come basis. Please complete the form to be added to the wait list and should space become available, you will receive an email confirming your attendance. Only those who have been contacted will have a name badge at registration and be allowed to attend.

The Symposium is free to attend. Please read the confidentiality agreement carefully prior to submitting your registration. No tweeting will be allowed at this symposium. For attendees outside of the GTA, there will be no reimbursement of travel expenses or hotel accommodation should you wish to attend.

Where & When

  • MaRS Discovery District
    101 College Street, Toronto
    MaRS Auditorium Lower Concourse level
  • April 13, 2018
    Registration/Breakfast - 8:00 a.m.
    Symposium - 8:30 a.m.
    Reception - 4 - 5:00 p.m.


For General Inquiries:

Jennifer Jennings
Senior Project Manager, ICGC Secretariat & Senior Project Manager Research Planning, ICGC/ICGC-ARGO

For Online Registration Inquiries:

Patricia Falzon
Manager, Events