As OOG President, Professor Sarah Coupland welcomed over 50 members to the unique venue in the Saariselkä Resort, Ivalo, Finland, together with the Local Organiser, Professor Tero Kivelä.
The meeting was a wonderful success, and continued a tradition of mixing together scientific reports, interesting case histories and protocol development.
It was also a first for the Young Investigator Network (YIN), which Dr Sarah Lake and Dr Martina Angi currently chair in their capacity as clinical and non-clinical representatives. Sarah and Martina created a diverse programme for the meeting, with guest speakers from France, Israel and The Netherlands.
In line with OOG feedback, the Annual YIN Meeting covered cell culture techniques. Dr Martina Angi presented a thorough breakdown of ‘Cell Culture: The Basics’ in Liverpool, and went on to present in the clinical aspects of uveal melanoma session: ‘Prognostic biopsy of choroidal melanoma’.
Interestingly Prof Damato examined the European approach for predicting metastasis from uveal melanoma in the clinical aspects session, whilst Prof Coupland presented ‘a comparison of gene expression profiling versus multiplex ligation-dependent probe amplification in metastatic risk prediction in choroidal melanoma.’
Furthermore, Dr Sarah Lake presented in the experimental aspects of uveal melanoma session: ‘SNP microarray analysis identifies CNKSR3 as a possible regulator of metastasis in uveal melanoma’, for which she went on to win the prestigious OOG Travel Award for 2013.
Finally, LOORG would like to thank Professor Tero Kivelä for organising such an unforgettable meeting.