“Reducing risk; prevention, early diagnosis and innovative treatments”.

Save the date:
6th – 7th of March 2020
at The Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh UK

The GOCF Mission statement

The Global Oral Cancer Forum is an international assembly of passionate professionals focussed on building awareness of gaps in prevention, patient care, technology and services across the oral cancer continuum by facilitating partnerships that transcend cultural and economic diversity.

The GOCF Vision Statement

By building these partnerships, The Forum will promote the changes required for a substantial impact on incidence, morbidity and mortality of oral cancer worldwide.

The GOCF’20 Forum Will Focus the Conversation On:


9 of every 10 cases of mouth cancer are preventable – how do we improve preventive strategies?

Risk Stratification

For the population, for the individual patient and for each tumour subtype.

Building Awareness

To get widespread engagement with our core messages and actionable outputs.

Early Diagnosis

The only proven intervention that improves survival yet, most cases present at late stage.


Has massive potential in cancer; what data sets do we need, in what format and owned by whom.

Organising Committee

Victor Lopes PhD, FRCS (Chair and Executive Director)

Trustee of the charity “Let’s Talk About Cancer” Edinburgh, U.K.

Niall McGoldrick BDS MFDS

Convenor of the charity “Let’s Talk About Cancer” / Specialty Registrar, Dental Public Health, NHS Fife, Scotland. U.K. 

A. Ross Kerr, DDS, MSD

Clinical Professor, New York University College of Dentistry, USA 

Saman Warnakulasuriya OBE, FDS, PhD, DSc

Emeritus Professor, Kings College London, UK 

Jatin Shah MD FACS

Elliott W Strong Chair in head and neck oncology
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, USA 

Shannon Nanne RDH

Dental Hygienist, USA

Miriam Rosin PhD

British Columbia Oral Cancer Prevention Program
BC Cancer Agency

J. Silvio Gutkind PhD

Professor, Department of Pharmacology
Associate Director of Basic Science, UC San Diego Moores
Cancer Center, USA

Forum Agenda

8:15am-9:00am Registration/Sponsored Breakfast Symposium (TBD)
9:00am-9:05am Welcome and Introduction: Victor Lopes, Let’s Talk About Mouth Cancer, UK
9:05am-9:10am Dignitary Welcome: TBC
9:10am-9:20am Special Guest Welcome: Prof Sir David Mason.
9:20am-9:30am Presentation of GOCF Leadership Award Awardee: To be announced at the meeting
9:30am-10:00am Keynote 1: WHO Benoit Varenne, Dental Officer, World Health Organization - TBC
10:00am-11:00am Risk Assessment in Primary Care: Who and How? Chair: Saman Warnakulasuriya (King’s College London & WHO CC, UK)
11:00am-11:30am Coffee Break/Poster Viewing
11:30am-12:30pm Risk Stratification in Secondary Care: Triage and Surveillance Chair: Ross Kerr (New York University, USA)
12:30pm-1:30pm Lunch/Poster Viewing Industry Sponsored Lecture: Immunobiology and Immunomodulators TBC
1:30pm-2.30pm Biomarkers for Prediction and Prognosis Chair:  Paul Brennan (International Agency for Researchon Cancer, France) - TBC
2:30pm-3:30pm Risk Reduction of individual patient Chair: Victor Lopes (Let’s Talk About Mouth Cancer, UK)
3:30pm-5:00pm Global Café for Actionable Targets Chair: Niall McGoldrick (Let’s Talk About Mouth Cancer, UK)
7.00pm-9.00pm Reception and Social Event
8:15am-9.00am Breakfast Symposium
9:00am-10:00am Risk and Management of Complications of Cancer Therapy: Jatin Shah (Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, USA)
10:00am-10.30am Keynote 2: Anil D’cruz (President-Elect, International Union Against Cancer, Switzerland)
10:30am-11.00am Coffee Break/Poster Viewing
11:00am-12:00pm Frontiers of Chemoprevention, Targeted Therapy, Immunotherapy: Silvio Gutkind (Moore’s Cancer Center, USA)
12:00pm-1:00pm Reducing Population Risk:TBC
1:00pm-2:00pm Lunch/Poster Viewing
2:00pm-4:30pm Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, Precision Medicine…Building a Bridge to the Future: Open Global Forum: Miriam Rosin (British Columbia Cancer Agency, Canada)
4.30pm- 5.00pm Awards and Looking to the Future: Ross Kerr, New York University, USA

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