ACED Summer School

ACED Summer School 2021

Discovery and development of diagnostics for the early detection of cancer

Building on the success of the 2020 Early Detection Summer School, the University of Manchester is hosting the Third Annual ACED Summer School as a virtual event in 2021. We will delve into the topics of early detection science set against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic and the wider health inequalities it has highlighted.

The conference will be hosted virtually from August 9 - 13, 2021, from 16:00 - 19:00 BST daily

The summer school will cover themes including:

  • The science and technology behind cancer early detection innovations and diagnostics
  • Case studies of early detection in healthcare systems
  • Health inequalities and the effects on early detection
  • The barriers in implementing precision early detection initiatives

Who should attend?

The ACED Virtual Summer School is open to academic, healthcare, corporate and trainee delegates. The program will provide valuable insight into early detection science and is therefore well suited to Ph.D. students from across the U.K. and U.S. member centers.

A select number of scholarships are available for each member center; anyone interested should contact your local ACED Program Manager (

Following you attending the Summer School, we hope you will:

  • Understand more about how health inequalities impact early detection
  • Understand the importance of precision early detection
  • Identify how your research can help overcome health inequalities

The Program

We are developing an immersive and engaging program that includes presentations from international speakers, panel discussions involving academics, members of the public and patient representatives, as well as networking and engagement opportunities for you to meet your peers from different centers.

A full program agenda will be circulated in early May. This page will be updated as soon as the agenda is available.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Professor Robert Bristow, The University of Manchester and ACED Manchester Co-Director
  • Professor Tim Rebbeck, Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health and Dana-Faber Cancer Institute
  • Professor Kate Ardern, Director of Public Health, Wigan Council
  • Professor David Wedge, The University of Manchester
  • Professor Shonit Punwani, University College London

Registration and Scholarships

Registration is now open, and you can register via Eventbrite. For a limited period, early bird registrants will be able to save 50% of the registration fee (early registration is £50, reduced from £100). The limited availability offer will be active from when registration opens until mid-May. For Scholarships, please contact Erin Watson ( for details.


ACED Summer School serves as a platform to access world-class scientists and professionals in this growing field of research. Join this expanding community of thought leaders as they tackle the world’s highest aim: detecting early, and eventually eliminating, cancer. For information on sponsorships, please e-mail Erin Watson (

We gratefully acknowledge the support of the International Alliance for Cancer Early Detection (ACED) as well as each member center: Cancer Research UK, the Canary Center at Stanford University, the University of Cambridge, the Knight Cancer Institute at OHSU, University College London and The University of Manchester.


Contact Erin Watson to learn more.