Karolinska Institutet and Karolinska University Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden,
serve as hosts for the Annual GAP Conference 2018 “Global efforts fighting cancer”

Dear colleagues and friends,

Global Academic Programs (GAP) at MD Anderson Cancer Center consists of a network of Sister Institutions (SIs) that are leading cancer-fighting institutions from around the world working collaboratively with the joint goal to end cancer.

The annual GAP Conference provides a forum for faculty from MD Anderson and its Sister Institutions to develop collaborations and exchange research results and ideas. Sessions are formed around topics of interest to the members of the Sister Institution Network.

The event is held at MD Anderson in odd years and is hosted by a Sister Institution in even years.

We invite all Sister Institution partners and network collaborators to join us at the GAP 2018 Conference at Karolinska Institutet and Karolinska University Hospital in Stockholm. The meeting is open also for external participants (registration fee applies to non-network members).

We look forward to welcoming you to Scandinavia during light springtime for a cancer conference with three days of inspiring science, discussions and interactions – welcome to beautiful Stockholm May 15-17, 2018! 

On behalf of the organising committee

Karolinska Institutet

Jonas Bergh, Professor/ Senior physician Dept. of Oncology-Pathology, Director StratCan

Kamila Czene, Professor, Dept. of Medical Epidemiology & Biostatistics, Co-Director StratCan

Sandra Falck, PhD, Research Coordinator/ Program manager StratCan

Matthias Löhr, Professor/ Senior physician Dept. of Intervention & Technology

Luigi De Petris, MD, PhD, Dept. of Oncology-Pathology

Staffan Strömblad, Professor, Dept. of Biosciences & Nutrition

Yvonne Wengström, Professor/nurse Dept. of Care Sciences & Society


MD Anderson Cancer Center

Borje S. Andersson, Professor, Stem Cell Transplantation, Karolinska Institute faculty champion for GAP

Marisa Ramos, Project Director, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center



As a result of a bilateral agreement between Sweden and the United States on cooperation in cancer research, the Swedish Research Council will contribute to the GAP 2018 Conference with an open session on Wednesday 16 May. The two countries will also take the opportunity to hold round table talks to elaborate on the forms of research cooperation.