Summer School of Personalised Medicine

19-22 June 2018, Warsaw

Dear Sir or Madam,

The Polish Alliance for Personalised Medicine – the Association in cooperation with the Maria Sklodowska-Curie Memorial Cancer Centre and Institute of Oncology in Warsaw as well as the European Alliance for Personalised Medicine is organizing a European Personalised Medicine Summer School: “New Horizons in Personalised Medicine”. The equivalent of the European Personalised Medicine Summer School is the English TEACH (Training and Education for Advanced Clinicians and HCPs) – an initiative that aims to educate young doctors in the latest developments of personalised medicine.

Personalised medicine is based on the understanding of differences in patients affected by the same disease and selecting appropriate patient-based therapies tailored to the individual. Close cooperation of diagnostics and therapy is necessary. The concept of personalised medicine has been recently rising in usage around the world. The belief that the number of personalised therapy recipients should increase is also growing in line with the principle of equal access to quality healthcare for all citizens.

The Personalised Medicine Summer School is aimed at doctors aged 28-40. Its most important goal is to bring the young specialists up-to-date with the latest news and discoveries in personalised medicine, which in the future will help them to better understand their patients and thus select optimal therapies.

During the 4-day training the participants will attend lectures and workshops devoted to radiology, oncology, surgical oncology, hematology, molecular biology and molecular diagnostics. The Personalised Medicine Summer School is an opportunity to meet outstanding Polish and international specialists, who will be conducting classes for young guest specialists.

I look forward to welcoming you to Warsaw!

dr n. med. Beata Jagielska
President of the Polish Alliance
for Personalised Medicine – the Association

About the Summer School

The potential of personalised medicine to improve health and quality of life of many patients is enormous, because it helps to base medical decisions on more comprehensive knowledge, and to start treatment at an earlier stage of an illness. It has also an influence on the health care system providing better results in terms of treatment outcomes and safety.

Personalised medicine has been developing rapidly for many years and its application in almost all medical disciplines is a fact – not only in rare diseases and cancers, as it was until recently. For this reason it is so important to facilitate passing on the latest development reports in personalised medicine to all healthcare professionals, which will allow them to optimize therapies for their patients.

This year’s Personalised Medicine Summer School gathering will be held in Warsaw from 19-22 June, 2018. The gathering’s location is a result of the Polish Alliance for Personalised Medicine – the Association winning the competition for the organization of this event. The two previous editions took place in Portugal and Romania.

During the 4 days of the Personalised Medicine Summer School third edition young doctors will take part in lectures and practical workshops in the following fields:

  • oncology
  • haematology
  • radiology
  • molecular biology
  • immunotherapy
  • gastroenterology
  • molecular diagnostics

About the Polish Alliance for Personalised Medicine – the Association

The Polish Alliance for Personalised Medicine was established in 2015. The aim of the Coalition is to create conditions promoting the development of personalised medicine in Poland by supporting the process of respective legislative and systemic changes. Besides, the coalition has taken on a role to support education in the field of personalised medicine solutions, with particular attention to all stakeholders of the system.

The idea of establishing the Polish Alliance for Personalised Medicine was born during the “Personalised medicine and molecular diagnostics as a pillar of modern oncology” Conference, which took place at the Embassy of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland in Warsaw on October 13, 2015. The topics raised during the meeting revealed the urgent need to create an organization with the mission to continue the initiative.

The Polish Alliance for Personalised Medicine – the Association is a voluntary, non-commercial form of cooperation and exchange of experiences of its members. The formula of the initiative is based on an agreement of different professions to focus on the common goal to strengthen the role of personalised medicine and to improve access to its solutions within the health care system. Therefore, the coalition brings together patient organizations, medical professionals, scientists, service providers, health policy makers, technology providers and the media.

About the Maria Sklodowska-Curie Memorial Cancer Centre and Institute of Oncology in Warsaw

The beginnings of the Institute date back to 1923, when the Polish Committee for Cancer Control launched a donation appeal to Polish citizens to collectively fund a National Gift for Maria Sklodowska-Curie. This gift was to be the Radium Institute of her name, which Maria Sklodowska-Curie dreamed of in 1921 during her Chicago trip when she said: “Independent Poland should have (…) its own radium institute.” In 1925 a plot was obtained for the construction of the Institute at Wawelska Street in Warsaw, and on May 29, 1932, the inauguration of the Radium Institute took place, with the participation of Maria Sklodowska-Curie, the President of the Republic of Poland Ignacy Mościcki and other representatives of the world of science, politics and culture. Maria offered her own gram of radium as an activity foundation for the Institute.

The Institute grew vigorously until the outbreak of World War II. In 1936 Physics Laboratory with an X-ray room and a Radioactivity Testing Lab was opened; Biological Laboratory was also brought to existence, and the Institute’s team performed teaching and research activities. The number of beds increased from 45 to 100.

In August 1944, during the Warsaw Uprising, patients and some of the institute’s staff were murdered by soldiers of the Russian People’s Liberation Army, and the Institute’s building was set on fire. In November 1945, the Ministry of Health and Social Care decided about reestablishing the Institute.

The Institute is the largest oncology facility in Poland. It has 670 beds and employs 437 doctors. The outpatient clinic admits almost 400,000 patients annually and over 50,000 hospitalized patients are effectively treated by the best team of oncologists in the country, who apply highly specialized procedures and therapies.

In 1951, following the government’s decree, the Radium Institute in Warsaw was united with the Oncology Institute in Krakow as well as the National Cancer Institute in Gliwice, which had been operating since 1947, to form the Maria Sklodowska-Curie Institute of Oncology with headquarters in Warsaw and subsidiaries in Kraków and Gliwice. Thanks to the efforts of the leader of Polish oncology, professor Tadeusz Koszarowski, a huge development investment was made in the Warsaw’s district of Ursynów, where first usable rooms were made available in 1984. In the same year, the Oncology Institute has been given its current name: The Maria Sklodowska-Curie Memorial Cancer Centre and Institute of Oncology (Pol.: Centrum Onkologii – Instytut im. Marii Skłodowskiej-Curie).



Organisation office of the 3rd Personalised Medicine Summer School