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"This event epitomizes one of the FCCA's main goals: to help destinations maximize their share of cruise tourism," said Michele Paige, President. "In addition to imparting necessary operational knowledge and tackling specific issues to the region, the event provides an invaluable resource -- knowing the right people -- by linking attendees with some of industry's most important decision makers." The biennial Summit will achieve this by linking attendees with executives from the FCCA's 19 Member Lines. Attendees were able to pre-schedule one-on-one meetings with executives of their choice, providing a chance to promote products and receive individualized input. Cruise executives from sectors like shore excursions, destination development, government relations, port operations and purchasing will be on-hand looking to take on business and help attendees fine-tune their products to best fit the cruise lines. Executives will also provide input through workshops aimed at addressing specific regional operations and improving general business with the cruise industry. Vina Adams, Procurement Manager, Food & Beverage, RCCL, will lead an interactive workshop focused on the cruise industry's purchasing guidelines, with panelists including other cruise executives, including Javonte Anyabwele, Vice President, Strategic Sourcing, Carnival Corporation & plc., and successful suppliers. David Candib, Vice President, Development & Operations, Carnival Corporation & plc, will moderate "The Destination Experience," revealing current trends in itinerary planning, how they affect Central America, and what destinations can do to improve the experience and overall region. Other panelists include Federico Gonzalez-Denton, Associate Vice President, Government Relations, Caribbean & Latin America, RCCL, and Arnaldo Zanonato, Senior Manager, Port Adventures, Disney Cruise Line. Plus, executives will be accessible during social functions fostering networking and relationship building. The functions will also introduce them to Honduras' friendly people and wide array of activities and destination products, with the attending cruise executives and stakeholders getting first-hand experiences of the destination's cruise tourism infrastructure and what passengers can see and do while visiting, as well as Honduras' ability to organize events and provide MICE tourism. About the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association Created in 1972, the FCCA is a not-for-profit trade organization that provides a forum for discussion on tourism development, ports, safety, security, and other cruise industry issue and builds bilateral relationships with destinations' private and public sectors. By fostering an understanding of the cruise industry and its operating practices, the FCCA works with governments, ports and private sector representatives to maximize cruise passenger, crew and cruise line spending, as well as enhance the destination experience and increase the amount of cruise passengers returning as stay-over visitors. For more information, visit F-CCA.com, the FCCA on Facebook, and @FCCAupdates on Twitter. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/local-stakeholders-improve-cruise-tourism-business-and-understanding-at-the-fcca-central-america-cruise-summit-in-honduras-300454139.html


News Article | May 12, 2017
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New Hampshire Businesses for Social Responsibility (NHBSR) is excited to announce the winners of this year’s Cornerstone and Partnership for Innovation Awards which were awarded at NHBSR’s16th annual conference on May 3. Applicants are judged on their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) practices within their workplace/organization, the ways in which they encourage others to engage in sustainability, and promote the value of CSR within the New Hampshire business community. The 2017 Cornerstone Award, sponsored this year by Service Credit Union, goes to Cirtronics of Milford. The Cornerstone is presented annually to an individual, organization, or company exemplifying the concepts of corporate responsibility within their organization and the greater business community in the state of New Hampshire. "We are truly honored to receive the NHBSR Cornerstone award," says George Mandragouras, CFO of Cirtronics. "Social responsibility and a service mentality are knit into the very fabric of our culture at Cirtronics. As a manufacturing company, we focus on continuous improvement in our methods and processes-- and we apply this same focus to our culture, and to the "6 we serve". We're proud of the culture we have built, but we don't take it for granted. We keep at it- we are constantly assessing how we are doing against our values, and asking how can we do better?" "I'm delighted to hear that Cirtronics has won the 2017 Cornerstone award," says local business consultant Kate Johnson, who submitted the nomination. "Service is truly central to the culture of Cirtronics. In fact, as part of their core values, Cirtronics has what they call the "6 we serve" -- supplier, company, employee owner, customer, community, and environment. And it's true: Every customer, every employee, and every supplier can feel their dedication to service in every interaction. And this commitment is also felt in the ongoing work of Cirtronics' environmentally sustainable initiatives, and their quiet support of a wide range of organizations in the local community from soup kitchens, to scout troops. The warmth of the employees, and their enthusiasm for fostering meaningful connections within the company and the community truly set them apart." The Partnership for Innovation Award, a new award introduced in 2016, recognizes a collaboration that created synergy and progress on a sustainability initiative where it might not otherwise have been possible. The 2017 Partnership for Innovation Award, sponsored this year by ReVision Energy, goes to CCA for Social Good, for leveraging business knowledge for positive community impact in partnership with Early Learning N.H. Denise Sayer, Vice President of CCA for Social Good, was present to receive the award. She shares, “CCA For Social Good is honored to be selected as this year’s recipient of the NHBSR Partnership for Innovation Award.  The CCA For Social Good work is rooted in CCA Global Partners’ innovative model that benefits communities in New Hampshire and across the United States by supporting independent business’ economic vitality and strengthening the fabric of our community. It truly is a privilege to have our work recognized for its social impact and shared value for business and society.” The following finalists were recognized: Ray Dube of Coca-Cola Bottling Company NNE of Bedford, ReVision Energy of Exeter and W.S. Badger of Gilsum, who was inducted into the Cornerstone Hall of Fame, which recognizes prior winners who finish as a top- three finalist. Photo 1: Cornerstone Award Recipient: Pictured left to right: Michelle Veasey (Executive Director, NH Businesses for Social Responsibility), Jeffrey Rose (Commissioner, Department of Resources of Economic Development); Jim Pellerin, George Mandragouras, Matt McCormack and Jessica Kinsey (Cirtronics); and Andrew McGeorge (Service Credit Union). Photo 2: Partnership for Innovation Award Recipient: Pictured left to right: Christina Zlotnick (ReVision Energy), Michelle Veasey (NH Businesses for Social Responsibility), Denise Sayer (CCA for Social Good), Jeffrey Rose (Commissioner, Department of Resources of Economic Development) Photo credit: Annie Card ABOUT NHSBR: New Hampshire Businesses for Social Responsibility is a member-based non-profit organization that fosters socially and environmentally responsible business in New Hampshire, realizing that people, principles and profits must be linked. As sustainable business becomes mainstream, NHBSR's network of CSR-focused business leaders provides the support to encourage the growth of sustainability throughout the state with value-driven results.   NHBSR is the business organization driving the social responsibility agenda in New Hampshire.  For more information, visit http://www.nhbsr.org.


News Article | May 10, 2017
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The Coach Training Academy announces their upcoming two Day Fast Track Coach Certification training. This coach training is an ICF (International Coach Federation) accredited training, to take place on May 23rd & 30th 2017. One additional private 90-minute coach training session is also included for each participant. http://thecoachtrainingacademy.com/coach-training-programs/2-day-fast-track/ This course will be taught by Master Coach Steven Kiges live in a small virtual group setting via Webinar platform. Mr. Kiges is the co-founder and director of The Coach Training Academy an ICF (International Coach Federation), CCA (Certified Coaches Alliance) accredited school, with graduates from over 36 countries. This professional coach training school has an established reputation assisting those wanting to become successful, highly skilled coaches. The Fast Track Certified Coach Program is based on cutting-edge behavioral science, so students graduate with confidence, ready to launch into their professional coaching careers. Recently Mr. Kiges was interview by radio host Joel Helfer on the Business Innovators radio network (listen here: http://bit.ly/2qXJ6nq ) specifically on what the Fast Track program is, who it is for and who it is not for. The Coach Training Academy is about helping people fulfill their goals and not about filling their classrooms. Therefore everyone interested in one of their programs must first have a discussion to make sure this course is suitable for them and will help them reach their goals. This coaching course is appropriate for those individuals wanting to greatly increase their natural coaching abilities to those at the professional coach level. Past graduates include therapists, social workers, teachers, consultants, sales people, managers, HR executives, ministers, probation officers, physicians, rabbis, military spouses, retires and others wanting or needing to help people improve and achieve various goals. The curriculum for the coaching course starts by providing a strong understanding of coaching fundamentals as outlined by the ICF twelve core competencies and code of ethics. Next, it explores aspects of introducing coaching to prospective clients known as “enrollment conversations,” as well as an in-depth focus on the coaching or change process. Professional coaches are often referred to as “change masters” for their ability to understand and support clients to make changes in their life. Coaching has evolved over the years from a subjective ”seat of the pants” chat, to a systematic process that is extremely effective and predictable in helping clients achieve goals. This is why the demand for coaching has never been higher and the coaching profession continues to grow. Upon completion of the program, students are awarded the title of Certified Coach Practitioner by the Certified Coaches Alliance (CCA) in addition to earning 12 ICF training hour credits. For more information about this accredited Fast Track Coach Certification program please visit: http://thecoachtrainingacademy.com/coach-training-… Contact: For more information, please visit http://www.TheCoachTrainingAcademy.com


News Article | May 9, 2017
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REGINA, SK--(Marketwired - May 09, 2017) - Consumer Choice Award is thrilled to announce the 2017 Top Service Providers in their respective sectors for the Regina Area. We would like to extend heartfelt congratulations to all this year's winners; your dedication to superior service has resonated with the people of Regina. Each year across Canada, Consumer Choice Award gathers opinions, perceptions and expectations through the responses of thousands of consumers and businesses. All winners have gone through a rigorous selection process conducted by a third party research firm to ensure only the most outstanding service providers are the winners within their respective industry. Find the list of Award Winners below: Consumer Choice Award (CCA) was established in 1987 and is considered to be the most distinguished award for business excellence in Canada. This is the only organization in North America to recognize business excellence by conducting third party market research of both the consumer & business community with statistical accuracy. The research method determines all the service providers, ultimately selects the top ranked companies and establishes the winner within each industry.


News Article | May 12, 2017
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ABC-Amega is proud to announce that its Chief Financial Officer, Robert (Bob) States, has been promoted to the additional post of Executive Vice President. Bob States began his affiliation with ABC-Amega in 2011 serving in a consulting capacity for the company, before being named Chief Financial Officer in March of 2012. In his current role, Bob oversees the company’s Finance and IT divisions. He recently directed the implementation of state-of-the-art data security measures, and in 2015, he directly managed the company’s move to the historic 500 Seneca building in Buffalo’s Hydraulics District. “Bob’s accomplishments through the years make him an outstanding executive who enhances our standing in our marketplace, in our community, and among each other,” said David Herer, Chief Executive Officer, ABC-Amega. States holds an MBA in Finance and Accounting from St. Bonaventure University. He also earned a CPA, beginning his career in public accounting for industry leader KPMG, and held the position of CFO for Liazon Corporation before joining ABC-Amega. Founded in 1929 as The American Bureau of Collections, ABC-Amega is an award-winning commercial collections agency specializing in global debt collection and accounts receivable management solutions. ABC-Amega partners with clients to improve and manage credit, cash flow and customer retention with services in 3rd party commercial debt collection, 1st party accounts receivable outsourcing, industry credit group management, and credit and A/R management training and education. The firm is also a certified member of the CCA of A, dual-certified by the CLLA/IACC and is a platinum partner of the Credit Research Foundation (CRF). For additional information, please contact info(at)abc-amega(dot)com or visit http://www.abc-amega.com.


News Article | May 9, 2017
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Announcement follows Cogeco Peer 1’s partnership with Jisc and connection to Janet Network London. 9 May, 2017: Cogeco Peer 1, a globally recognised specialist provider of colocation, network connectivity, managed hosting, cloud and managed services, today announced its partnership with DTP Group (DTP), a leading provider of information technology solutions and services whose client list includes Imperial College, British Library, University of Liverpool and University of Manchester. The partnership follows the recent announcement that Cogeco Peer 1 has partnered with JISC to provide higher education institutions on the Janet Network with access to IT services. Cogeco Peer 1’s addition to the Janet network provides a direct connection to flexible, high-performance, bespoke, managed IT infrastructure solutions including colocation, hosting and cloud. DTP provides intelligent, ethical solutions that are practical, achievable and affordable and deliver real outcomes. Together, the two companies will be focused on helping organisations including higher education and research institutions to access and maximise the value of Janet-connected cloud, colocation, hosting, security and network services, augmenting their existing range of IT services. Susan Bowen, Vice President and General Manager, EMEA at Cogeco Peer 1 said: “Cogeco Peer 1 is working with JISC to provide the infrastructure to higher education and research institutions. DTP’s partnership, which is one of a number we will be cultivating, reflects our strategic commitment to provide a comprehensive, tailored and flexible range of solutions to the sector.” Bowen added: “DTP has outstanding credentials in higher education and has established itself as a leading provider of IT services to this sector. We look forward to working with DTP and its customers as they take advantage of the partnership between Cogeco Peer 1 and JISC.” Howard Hall, Group Managing Director at DTP said; “We are very impressed by the range of services and the approach that Cogeco Peer 1 is offering the higher education sector, specifically through its partnership with JISC. Through this partnership we will be able to work with our customers to ensure that the advantages of the DTP, Cogeco Peer 1 and JISC offering can be applied to full effect.” Universities and research establishments can now work with DTP and use their existing high speed Janet network to connect directly to Cogeco Peer 1 and a suite of infrastructure options from colocation, to hosting, to cloud. This choice and flexibility, combined with the expertise of DTP and Cogeco Peer 1’s teams will allow the UK’s higher education and research facilities to put in place bespoke suites of technology infrastructure that meet the demands they face today, and make the right choices to future-proof their IT architecture for tomorrow too. About Cogeco Peer 1: Cogeco Peer 1 is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Cogeco Communications Inc. (TSX:CCA) and is a global provider of essential business-to-business products and services, such as colocation, network connectivity, managed hosting, cloud services and managed services, that allow customers across Canada, Mexico, the United States and Western Europe to focus on their core business. With 16 data centres, extensive FastFiber Network® and more than 50 points of presence in North America and Europe combined, Cogeco Peer 1 is a trusted partner to businesses small, medium and large, providing the ability to access, move, manage and store mission-critical data worldwide, backed by superior customer support. More information visit: www.cogecopeer1.com About DTP: DTP Group is an IT infrastructure and solutions specialist with expertise across cloud and infrastructure services, end user computing, and managed print and desktop services. As the sixth largest IT provider to Higher Education it provides innovative IT services and solutions to over 80% of the UKs Universities, as well as to the public sector and some of the largest UK businesses. With offices in Leeds, Central London, Wales and Scotland it offers nationwide coverage to its thousands of customers. For more information visit www.dtpgroup.co.uk.


News Article | March 30, 2017
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The San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California San Diego and the  Simons Foundation’s Flatiron Institute in New York have reached an agreement under which the majority of SDSC’s data-intensive Gordon supercomputer will be used by Simons for ongoing research following completion of the system’s tenure as a National Science Foundation (NSF) resource on March 31. Under the agreement, SDSC will provide high-performance computing (HPC) resources and services on Gordon for the Flatiron Institute to conduct computationally-based research in astrophysics, biology, condensed matter physics, materials science, and other domains. The two-year agreement, with an option to renew for a third year, takes effect April 1, 2017. Under the agreement, the Flatiron Institute will have annual access to at least 90 percent of Gordon’s system capacity. SDSC will retain the rest for use by other organizations including UC San Diego's Center for Astrophysics & Space Sciences (CASS), as well as SDSC’s OpenTopography project and various projects within the Center for Applied Internet Data Analysis (CAIDA), which is based at SDSC. “We are delighted that the Simons Foundation has given Gordon a new lease on life after five years of service as a highly sought after XSEDE resource,” said SDSC Director Michael Norman, who also served as the principal investigator for Gordon. “We welcome the Foundation as a new partner and consider this to be a solid testimony regarding Gordon’s data-intensive capabilities and its myriad contributions to advancing scientific discovery.” “We are excited to have a big boost to the processing capacity for our researchers and to work with the strong team from San Diego,” said Ian Fisk, co-director of the Scientific Computing Core (SCC), which is part of the Flatiron Institute. David Spergel, director of the Flatiron Institute’s Center for Computational Astrophysics (CCA) said, “CCA researchers will use Gordon both for simulating the evolution and growth of galaxies, as well as for the analysis of large astronomical data sets.  Gordon offers us a powerful platform for attacking these challenging computational problems.” The POLARBEAR project and successor project called The Simons Array, led by UC Berkeley and funded first by the Simons Foundation and then in 2015 by the NSF under a five-year, $5 million grant, will continue to use Gordon as a key resource. “POLARBEAR and The Simons Array, which will deploy the most powerful CMB (Cosmic Microwave Background) radiation telescope and detector system ever made, are two NSF supported astronomical telescopes that observe CMB, in essence the leftover ‘heat’ from the Big Bang in the form of microwave radiation,” said Brian Keating, a professor of physics at UC San Diego’s Center for Astrophysics & Space Sciences and a co-PI for the POLARBEAR/Simons Array project. “The POLARBEAR experiment alone collects nearly one gigabyte of data every day that must be analyzed in real time,” added Keating. “This is an intensive process that requires dozens of sophisticated tests to assure the quality of the data. Only by leveraging resources such as Gordon are we be able to continue our legacy of success.” Gordon also will be used in conjunction with the Simons Observatory, a 5-year $40 million project awarded by the Foundation in May 2016 to a consortium of universities led by UC San Diego, UC Berkeley, Princeton University, and the University of Pennsylvania. In the Simons Observatory, new telescopes will join the existing POLARBEAR/Simons Array and Atacama Cosmology Telescopes to produce an order of magnitude more data than the current POLARBEAR experiment. An all-hands meeting for the new project will take place at SDSC this summer. A video describing the project can be viewed by clicking the image below. The result of a five-year, $20 million NSF grant awarded in late 2009, Gordon entered production in early 2012 as one of the 50 fastest supercom­puters in the world, and the first one to use massive amounts of flash-based memory. That made it many times faster than conventional HPC systems, while having enough bandwidth to help researchers sift through tremendous amounts of data. Gordon also has been a key resource within NSF’s XSEDE (Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment) project. The system will officially end its NSF duties on March 31 following two extensions from the agency. By the end of February 2017, Gordon had supported research and education by more than 2,000 command-line users and over 7,000 gateway users, primarily through resource allocations from XSEDE.  One of Gordon’s most data-intensive tasks was to rapidly process raw data from almost one billion particle collisions as part of a project to help define the future research agenda for the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). Gordon provided auxiliary computing capacity by processing massive data sets generated by one of the LHC’s two large general-purpose particle detectors used to find the elusive Higgs particle. The around-the-clock data processing run on Gordon was completed in about four weeks’ time, making the data available for analysis several months ahead of schedule.


News Article | April 28, 2017
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For a second year, AFTCO and the CCA have expanded their relationship as they collectively work toward their common goal to conserve, promote, and enhance the present and future availability of our coastal resources. This year, AFTCO becomes the official clothing website partner of the CCA National, will donate product to support more than 225 local chapter banquets, and work closely with both the national and state organizations on a variety of issues. AFTCO has long used its line of Fishing Clothing and Saltwater Fishing Tackle to support ocean conservation. Through AFTCO’s 10% Pledge to Protect & Conserve, AFTCO & the Shedd family have contributed more than 10% of company profits to help protect our ocean resources and ensure a sustainable fishery for future generations. To this effect, in 2017 AFTCO will expand on its line of co-branded AFTCO x CCA apparel. Anglers will soon be able to purchase a CCA Hooded Performance Shirt & CCA Sun Masks on AFTCO.com. AFTCO x CCA Hats and Performance Shirts will remain available for sale. With every purchase of a CCA by AFTCO product, a $5 Donation will be used to fund the CCA conservation efforts nationwide. While AFTCO and the CCA have both extensively fought for similar causes, the two organizations recently became closely aligned when AFTCO President, Bill Shedd, joined with other California sport fishing leaders to spearhead the formation of a CCA California Chapter. The CCA California Chapter formalized the CCA’s national strong hold in the coastal U.S., and plays a critical future role in the CCA’s ability to represent the interests and conservation of all saltwater anglers. AFTCO and the CCA are committed to marine conservation and protecting anglers' access to healthy marine resources. Together, the leadership of the Coastal Conservation Association (CCA) and AFTCO will make the protection of our marine resources and the interests of anglers a top priority to ensure a sustainable fishery for generations to come. ABOUT CCA - The purpose of the CCA is to advise and educate the public on conservation of marine resources. The Coastal Conservation Association (CCA) is a non-profit organization with coastal state chapters spanning the Gulf of Mexico, the Atlantic Seaboard, and the Pacific Northwest. CCA began in 1977, after drastic commercial overfishing along the Texas coast decimated redfish and speckled trout populations. The objective of CCA is to conserve, promote, and enhance the present and future availability of those coastal resources for the benefit and enjoyment of the general public. ABOUT AFTCO - The American Fishing Tackle Company (AFTCO) was established in 1958 within the confines of a Newport Beach, California, basement. The creation of the AFTCO Roller Guide advanced big game fishing to new heights, and became the standard seen on top offshore boats worldwide. In 1989, AFTCO introduced its first line of AFTCO Fishing Clothing. Today, consumers recognize AFTCO for its purpose-built saltwater fishing tackle, and outdoor clothing for the protection it provides anglers from the elements.


"I am excited for the FCCA to participate in its first Seatrade Europe, but it is even more fulfilling that this presents a new opportunity to help our partners," said Michele Paige, president, FCCA. "We have already been working to prepare our partners for the cruise industry's growingly global passengers, and this initiative presents the perfect opportunity to develop partnerships and business with cruise lines and stakeholders from a key market." In the spirit of its mission to build relationships and business for its partners, the FCCA has set aside booth space at its Seatrade Europe pavilion (#702) for a select 10 destinations and stakeholders to individualize and showcase their products to the 5,000 attendees. The booth space will also include private meeting space, where destination partners can host one-on-one meetings that the FCCA will help coordinate with the 270 cruise executives in attendance. The FCCA's Seatrade Europe partners will also have access to these key European river and ocean line executives through the FCCA's expanded partnership with its sister association, Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA). Together, the FCCA and CLIA will co-host a reception on the show floor for their partners, which will gather executives and stakeholders in a casual setting and enable discussions ranging from business operations to family business. "Creating opportunities for dialogue between cruise lines and the port and destinations community is critically important for our industry's growth," said Cindy D'Aoust, president and CEO, CLIA. "Seatrade Europe has always been an important event for CLIA, and I am looking forward to sharing this experience with our friends at FCCA." Additionally, the FCCA is working on other initiatives to provide even more exposure for its Seatrade Europe partners, including pamphlets featuring their offerings, which will be distributed to cruise executives. For more information, please contact SeatradeEurope@F-CCA.com. About the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) Created in 1972, the FCCA is a not-for-profit trade organization that provides a forum for discussion on tourism development, ports, safety, security, and other cruise industry issues and builds bilateral relationships with destinations' private and public sectors. By fostering an understanding of the cruise industry and its operating practices, the FCCA works with governments, ports and private sector representatives to maximize cruise passenger, crew and cruise line spending, as well as enhance the destination experience and increase the amount of cruise passengers returning as stay-over visitors. For more information, visit F-CCA.com, the FCCA on Facebook, and @FCCAupdates on Twitter. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/first-seatrade-europe-for-the-fcca-to-build-business-and-relationships-for-its-partners-300443501.html


The incidence of bile duct cancer (cholangiocarcinoma) is increasing year on year throughout the world. More than 2,500 people will be diagnosed with this cancer in the UK in the next year and for most this will be a lethal diagnosis. Fewer than 5% will survive for 12 months – an appalling statistic which hasn’t changed in decades.   In light of this, UK’s leading charity dedicated to bile duct cancer, AMMF, will bring together scientists, researchers, medics and patients from across the globe at its third Conference and Information Day dedicated exclusively to bile duct cancer, on 11 May, 2017 at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Stansted Airport, Essex.   Amongst AMMF-funded researchers who will be presenting updates on their work at this year’s AMMF Conference, will be Professor Stuart Forbes from the MRC Centre for Regenerative Medicine, explaining his research into the signals Wnt and Notch which are thought to drive the growth of cholangiocarcinoma. In addition, Dr Luke Boulter from Edinburgh’s Institute of Genetics & Molecular Medicine will be discussing his very promising work, “Discovering driver mutations in cholangiocarcinoma using forward genetics”.   The work of both these teams, if successful, could bring closer some ‘game changing’ treatment targets for cholangiocarcinoma.   This year’s Conference also sees Professor Narong Khuntikeo from Khon Kaen University, Thailand presenting the work of the CASCAP (Cholangiocarcinoma Screening and Care Program) team in north east Thailand, which has the world’s highest incidence of cholangiocarcinoma. Professor Khuntikeo is vice-president of the Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation of Thailand and recipient of The Royal College of Surgeons of Thailand Outstanding Surgeon Honours Award 2016.   Conference to highlight latest surgical treatments and targeted therapies for bile duct cancer   Other topics to be addressed at this year’s Conference will include the latest surgical developments in the treatment of bile duct cancer, updates on clinical trials, and the status of targeted therapies for cholangiocarcinoma.   Helen Morement, founder and CEO of the AMMF explains, “Although bile duct cancer is the second most common primary liver cancer in the world, with an increasing incidence globally, and despite its appalling survival rates due to late diagnosis and few treatment options, it remains poorly understood and under researched. The Conference is a key platform for an international panel of experts to share news and information about clinical studies and latest research. The findings bring the prospect of early diagnosis and more effective treatments one step closer.”   Helen continues, “We are especially delighted that Professor Richard Syms from Imperial College London, who is also working collaboratively with the team at Khon Kaen University on an AMMF-funded internal imaging project, will be presenting the positive early results of this work at the Conference.”   Bile duct cancer is a rare cancer that occurs in the bile duct in or outside the liver. With few noticeable and often misunderstood symptoms, this disease is frequently diagnosed too late for surgery, the only potentially curative treatment. Without treatment fewer than 5% of patients will survive beyond 12 months. Cases of bile duct cancer have risen steeply and steadily across the world over the past decades. According to the recent NCIN/Cancer52 report, 2,161 people died in 2013 from this disease in England alone.   About AMMF AMMF (The Alan Morement Memorial Fund) was founded and registered as a charity with the Charity Commission in 2002 (registered charity no 1091915). AMMF is the UK’s only cholangiocarcinoma charity, dedicated to tackling this devastating cancer on all fronts: providing information and support, campaigning to raise awareness, and encouraging and supporting research.   In recent years an enormous and extremely worrying worldwide increase in cholangiocarcinoma’s incidence has been noted. Latest figures show there were 2,161 deaths caused by cholangiocarcinoma in 2013 in England alone (NCIN/Cancer52 report). The incidence appears to be increasing across all age groups, including younger people, and the cause of this ongoing increase is unknown. Much more research is desperately needed.   AMMF is dedicated to bringing about improvement for the cholangiocarcinoma patient, working closely throughout the UK with patients, families, carers, clinicians, healthcare professionals, researchers, politicians and policy makers. For more information visit: www.ammf.org.uk (registered charity no.1091915).   About the Conference & Information Day AMMF is not making a charge for attendance at the conference; it is open to all who have an interest in cholangiocarcinoma. However, if delegates would like to help to offset costs, a suggested donation of £25 per head can be made to the AMMF 2017 Conference Justgiving Page by clicking here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/AMMF-Charity2   About the MRC Centre for Regenerative Medicine at the University of Edinburgh The MRC Centre for Regenerative Medicine (CRM) is a research institute based at the University of Edinburgh. Scientists and clinicians study stem cells, disease and tissue repair to advance human health. For more information please visit: http://www.crm.ed.ac.uk/   About the MRC Institute of Genetics and Molecular Medicine at the University of Edinburgh (IGMM). The MRC Institute of Genetics and Molecular Medicine at the University of Edinburgh (IGMM), formed in 2007, is a strategic partnership of the: • MRC Human Genetics Unit (MRC HGU) • Cancer Research UK Edinburgh Centre (CRUK EC) • Centre for Genomic and Experimental Medicine (CGEM).   The IGMM constitutes one of the largest aggregates of human molecular genetics and biology research capacity in the UK with over 70 Principal Investigators and 500 staff and PhD students. By pooling the resources and complementary skills of the constituent centres, IGMM brings together the scientific expertise, technology and support services needed to maximise scientific discovery.   The Institute enables rapid translation of basic scientific discoveries into new treatments, clinical guidelines and innovative products that have significant impact on the society in the UK and Worldwide.   For more information please visit: http://www.ed.ac.uk/igmm/about   About CASCAP (Cholangiocarcinoma Screening and Care Program), Thailand CASCAP stands for the Cholangiocarcinoma Screening and Care Program. The aim of CASCAP is to accelerate the transition of CCA from being a neglected disease to being on the public health national agenda. Its specific focus is to develop and make available a high quality database of compiled information about CCA in the region, to determine the optimal screening program for early diagnosis to maximize the success of surgical treatment, and to increasing both the quality of life and long-term survival of patients. For more information please visit http://www.cascap.info/main/index.php/about-us/about-cascap.html National Cancer Intelligence Network (NCIN) and Cancer52 For more information please visit: http://www.ncin.org.uk/publications/rare_and_less_common_cancers For media inquiries and interviews, please contact: ESTHER PORTA, 3CommPR LONDON, United Kingdom 07870439158 esther@3commpr.co.uk The post Why latest work from top UK cancer researchers could hold potential for future ‘game-changing’ treatments for rare bile duct cancer, cholangiocarcinoma appeared first on PR Fire.

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