The Bone Cancer Research Trust and Sarcoma UK are delighted to be co-hosting an exciting meeting for researchers, clinicians and allied healthcare professionals with an interest in diagnostics and / or sarcoma research & clinical management. The overall aim of this meeting is to inform an exciting, collaborative funding call, with a focus on advancing the diagnosis of bone and soft tissue sarcomas.

This in-person meeting will take place on Friday 12th January 2024 at the Hilton Leeds City hotel (Leeds, UK).

It aims to facilitate the discussions, consensus and collaborations needed to shape a funding call for vital research and pave the way towards improved diagnosis for sarcoma patients.

Researchers and clinicians with an interest in diagnosis from across the sarcoma and wider research community are invited to attend for what promises to be a day of varied and interactive discussions in this area. Patient advocates from the BCRT and Sarcoma UK communities will also be invited to attend and represent the vital perspective of sarcoma patients and their families.

By bringing this diverse range of experts together in one room, our ultimate goal is to identify the next steps and to develop potential proposals for research into the diagnosis of bone and soft tissue sarcomas. This has been widely identified as a key research priority amongst the Bone Cancer Research Trust’s and Sarcoma UK’s patient communities and stakeholders. A joint funding call for research into this area, informed by this meeting of experts, will follow shortly.

Overview of the Day

This full day, in person meeting will include a keynote speaker and a range of other presentations, sharing perspectives and case studies from across the fields of sarcoma and diagnosis (further details on speakers to follow in due course).

This will be followed by an afternoon of round table discussions, focusing on key questions surrounding the diagnosis of bone and soft tissue sarcomas and how these can be addressed through research. There will be ample opportunity for open debate and networking with fellow delegates. Interactive discussions will be facilitated by Dr David Crosby, Head of Prevention and Early Detection Research, Cancer Research UK.

To facilitate these crucial interactions throughout the day, this meeting will be held in person, and it will not be possible to join virtually.

Call for abstracts now open!

The meeting will also offer attendees the opportunity to highlight wide-ranging projects looking to improve the diagnosis of bone and / or soft tissue sarcomas. Flash talks accompanied by a poster presentation will be selected from submitted abstracts.

Abstract submissions should be no more than 300 words and include: Title, Aims, Methods, Results, Conclusion and Next steps. The word count does not need to include authors and their affiliations and acknowledgments. All abstracts should be submitted to by close of business on the 8th December 2023. Presenters will be confirmed by mid-December 2023.

Key Details and Booking

Date: Friday 12th January 2024

Time: Registration will open at 10.30am. The meeting will run from 11am – 6pm, followed by a drinks reception and networking.

Location: Hilton Leeds City (Leeds LS1 4BX, UK)

Intended audience: The scientific and clinical community & patient advocates

Cost: Free for all delegates

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To find out more, please contact the BCRT
Research Team.


Arriving by car: Car parking is available onsite at the Hilton Leeds City, subject to availability. Day parking is £7.00 and resident/overnight parking is £15.00. If the hotel car park is full, the nearest public carpark is the Q-Park Sovereign Square.

Arriving by train: The Hilton Leeds City is just a 2 minute walk from the Southern Entrance at Leeds Train Station. See the walking route below:

Arriving by aeroplane: Leeds Bradford Airport is 10 miles from Leeds city centre. In order to get from the airport, you can take the FLYER bus or a taxi:

  • The FLYER bus: You can pick this up from the airport and it stops at Leeds Train Station, which is a 2 minute walk from the Hilton Leeds City. Bus services run daily from early morning to late evening, including weekends and bank holidays.
  • Taxi: Arrow Cars is the official taxi partner of Leeds Bradford Airport. It operates an easy to book taxi drop off and pick up service right on the terminal front at Leeds Bradford Airport or you can book a taxi using the touchscreen kiosk in International Arrivals.

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