The solid tumor cancer stem cell consortium (Solid TUmor CaNceR Stem cEll network, SUNRiSE network) aims to bring together scientists with a common interest for the cancer stem cell field in solid tumors. These scientists are currently or plan to develop research programs that will decipher the cancer stem cell biology.
The SUNRiSE network originated from the desire for collaboration among CSC researchers in Marseille (Pr Emmanuelle Charaffe-Jauffret and Dr Christophe Ginestier, CRCM), Montpellier (Drs Julie Pannequin and Jean-Marc Pascussi, IGF), and Nice (Dr Thierry Virolle,iBV). This project is strongly supported by the Cancéropoles Grand Sud Ouest (Cancéropole GSO) and Provence Alpes Cotes d'Azur (Cancéropole PACA).
Our specific objectives:
- To aggregate expertise and resources to build a critical mass of researchers to accelerate the rate of research discoveries in the solid tumor CSC field.
- To promote collaborations in order to coordinate efficiently requests for grant applications (National and European)
- Expand researcher’s breakthroughs to a multi-disciplinary level with a “trans-pathology” interest
- Accelerate rate and intensity of cancer stem cell research findings and their translation to clinical application (attract clinicians and pharmaceutical companies to develop anti-CSC drug-based clinical trials).
This training program took place at the Pierre and Marie Curie University (UPMC, Paris). During two days (24-24 november 2017), 25 participants (private laboratories, hospital practitioners, researchers, postdoctoral fellows, and students) attended 18 courses given by researchers, clinician, or private compagnies. This training included an overview of the main properties of CSCs in different cancers (breast, colon, melanoma, glioblastoma), identification tools and animal models, and finally discussed challenges and hopes offered by these cells in research and precision medicine.
3rd SUNRise Meeting
Our next SUNRISE meeting (the 3rd SUNRISE meeting) will be organized in 2019 in Nice.
We will be happy to get your suggestions and contributions for the scientific program and organization to enhance CSC networking.
Please do not hesitate to contact us to share your suggestions and ideas.