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Burkitt Symposium

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Denis Parsons Burkitt

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As part of the School of Medicine Tercentenary celebrations, Trinity College Dublin will be hosting a symposium dedicated to Burkitt lymphoma; the discoverer of whom was Denis Parsons Burkitt, a Trinity College graduate. More on Burkitt

International experts on Burkitt lymphoma will gather at Trinity College Dublin to discuss current research on this disease.  The symposium will be held on 23 and 24 June, 2011.  Registration, as detailed below, will be limited and on a first come first serve basis only.  Revisit this site often as it will be updated regularly.

Burkitt Lymphoma Symposium - Day 1, Thursday, 23 June, 2011

Download the PDF version of the Programme click here

09:00 – 09:30 Registration/Refreshments in the Anatomy Building
09:30 – 10:00 Professor Owen Smith, Chair of Haematology, TCD
Dr Mary Robinson,Chancellor of the University of Dublin and Former President of Ireland;
Professor Dermot Kelleher, Vice-Provost of Medical Affairs TCD;
Members of Dr Burkitt's family - Mrs Olive Burkitt, Mrs. Cas Boddam Whetham, Mrs. Judy Howard
10:50 – 12.05 SESSION 1: Historical Perspectives (1)
Chair - Professor Owen Smith, University of Dublin, Trinity College, Ireland
10:00 – 10:20 Denis Parsons Burkitt – Irish by birth / Trinity by the grace of God
Professor Owen Smith (Biography PDF 66 kB)
University of Dublin, Trinity College, Ireland
10:20 – 10:45 Nailing Burkitt lymphoma - time with Denis in Africa
Dennis Wright (Biography PDF 66 kB)
Former Histopathologist at Merekere Medical School, Uganda
10:45 – 11:10 Burkitt lymphoma and the discovery of Epstein-Barr virus
Professor Sir Anthony Epstein, CBE FRS (Biography PDF 66 kB)
Nuffield Department of Medicine, University of, Oxford, UK
11:10 – 11:45 Into and out of Africa - taking over from Denis Burkitt
Professor John Ziegler (Biography PDF 67 kB)
University of California-San Francisco, USA
11:45 – 12:05 Q & A
12:05 – 13:00 Lunch
13:00 – 14:50 SESSION 2: Historical Perspectives (2)
Chair - Professor Owen Smith, Dublin, Ireland
13:00 – 13:25 Living and dealing with Burkitt lymphoma in Tanzania
Dr Trish Scanlan (Biography PDF 65 kB)
The Ocean Road Cancer Institute, Tanzania
13:25 – 13:50 Burkitt lymphoma in Uganda:  An update on disease status
Dr Jackson Orem (Biography PDF 101 kB)
Uganda Cancer Institute, Kampala, Uganda
13:50 – 14:30 Epidemiological insights into the pathogenesis of endemic and non-endemic Burkitt lymphoma
Professor Ian Magrath (Biography PDF 69 kB)
International Network for Cancer Treatment and Research, Belgium
14:30 – 14:50 Q & A
14:50 – 16:00 Refreshments and break
16:00 – 18:00 Organised tours of Trinity College starting in Anatomy Lecture Theatre
18:00 – 19:30 Wine reception and Burkitt exhibition - The Old Library

Burkitt Lymphoma Symposium - Day 1, Friday, 24 June, 2011

08:30 – 09:00 Registration/Refreshments in the Anatomy Building
09:00 – 11:20 SESSION 3: Molecular Insights
Chair - Professor Finbarr Cotter, London, UK
09:00 – 09:40 Is Burkitt lymphoma an infectious disease - a new role for EBV?
Professor Georg Bornkamm (Biography PDF 68 kB)
Institute of Clinical Molecular Biology and Tumor Generics, German Research Centre for Environmental Health, Germany
09:40 – 10:20 New insights into the molecular pathogenesis of Burkitt lymphoma
Professor Riccardo Dalla-Favera (Biography PDF 68 kB)
Institute for Cancer Genetics and H. Irving Comprehensive Cancer Centre, Columbia University, New York, USA
10:20 – 11:00 Genomic approaches to molecular diagnosis and molecular targets in Burkitt lymphoma/leukaemia
Professor Louis Staudt (Biography PDF 67 kB)
Centre for Cancer Research, National Cancer Institute, Maryland, USA
11:00 – 11:20 Q & A
11:20 – 11:40 Refreshments
11:40 – 13:15 SESSION 4: Therapeutic Strategies (1)
Chair - Professor Ian Hann, Cork, Ireland
11:40 – 12:20 Staging and response evaluation of Burkitt lymphoma
Professor John Sandlund (Biography PDF 67 kB)
St Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Tennessee, USA
12:20 – 13:00 Therapeutic developments Burkitt lymphona/leukaemia since 1956
Professor Ross Pinkerton (Biography PDF 67 kB)
Queensland Children’s Cancer Centre, Brisbane, Australia
13:00 – 13:15 Q & A
13:15 – 14:00 Lunch
14:00 – 15:40 SESSION 5: Therapeutic Strategies (2)
Chair - Dr. Elizabeth Vandenberghe, Dublin, Ireland
14:00 – 14:40 Prognostic factors and current treatment strategies and outcome results in children and adolescents with Burkitt lymphoma/leukemia
Professor Mitchell S Cairo (Biography PDF 67 kB)
Columbia University Medical Centre, New York, USA
14:40 – 15:20 Burkitt lymphoma in adults
Professor David Linch (Biography PDF 67 kB)
University College London, UK
15:20 – 15:40 Q & A
15:40 – 16:00 Refreshments
16:00 – 18:15 SESSION 6: Therapeutic Strategies & Beyond
Chair - Professor Ian Magrath, Brussels, Belgium
16:00 – 16:40 Vaccine therapy for lymphomas - are we there yet?
Associate Professor Stephen Schuster (Biography PDF 66 kB)
University of Pennsylvania Medical School, USA
16:40 – 17:10 Infection and cancer – the legacy of Burkitt
Dr Joe Harford (Biography PDF 68 kB)
Director of the Office of International Affairs, National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, MD, USA
17:10 – 17:50 Burkitt lymphoma - is it possible to cure more with less?
Round table discussion with Professor Ian Magrath, Professor John Ziegler, Dr Joe Harford and Professor Owen P Smith
17:50 – 18:05 Closing remarks and farewell
Professor Owen P Smith
Main entrance to Trinity College Dublin


The registration fee for attending this two day symposium is 200.00 Euro.  There is no discount for one day or portions of a day. Space is limited and registration is on a first come first serve basis.  Registration and payment of fees are to be made via our online registration system only.  Click here to register and pay the registration fee. 

Air view of TCD campus

Symposium Venue:

The symposium will take place in the antiquated Lecture Theatre in the Anatomy Building on the campus of Trinity College.  Click here for a map of the campus.

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Travel Information:

Participants are to make their own travel arrangements.  Dublin Airport now has two terminals.  For further information about Dublin Airport, visit

The fastest and easiest way from Dublin Airport into the City Centre is via the Aircoach located just outside the terminals.  The Aircoach from Dublin Airport to the City Centre makes a stop Grafton Street which is very close to the main gates of Trinity College.  To return to the airport, there are stops on Dawson Street and Suffolk Street, steps away from Trinity College.  Round trip costs about 12 Euro.  Click here for more information about the Aircoach service.

There is also a taxi rank just in front of the main gates to Trinity College on College Green.

Internal Image of TCD, accommodation area


Participants are asked to book their own accommodation directly.  Below are some suggestions.  All are within walking distance of Trinity College:

Trinity College offers accommodation for guests.  Types of rooms, rates and online registration information can be found here.

Trinity Capital - 
Jacinta Collins, the Central Reservations Manager, has advised that a they will offer participants of the symposium special rates; a double room only for 69 Euro or 89 Euro for bed and breakfast.  Participants are requested to complete the booking form and email to the address as indicated.  Click here to download the booking form (MS Word Doc 37 kB).  Please note that reservations must be submitted prior to 01 May, 2011.

Trinity Lodge -
Reservations can be made via their online booking system.  Trinity Lodge has advised us that their rates are as follows:
1 x single room - 99 Euro
1 x standard double room - 125 Euro
1 x deluxe double/twin - 150 Euro (for single occupancy the rate is 135 Euro)
The above rates are fully inclusive of Full Irish Breakfast, Continental
Buffet Breakfast, VAT and service charges.

O’Callaghan Mont Clare Hotel -
Three start hotel.  They have allocated 30 rooms at the rate of 95.00 Euro for single occupancy and 105.00 Euro for twin/double occupancy per room per night inclusive of full Irish breakfast and all taxes.  Guests are required to provide credit card details at the time of booking and the cancellation policy is notification of at least 72 hours prior to arrival.  Bookings are subject to availability.  Click here to download the booking form (MS Word Doc 31 kB)

The Westin Dublin – Luxury 5 star hotel.  Reservations can be made via their online registration system.

The Shelbourne Dublin – Luxury 5 star hotel.  Reservations can be made via their online registration system at

TCD Campus Library

About Trinity College:

Trinity College Dublin was incorporated with a charter from Queen Elizabeth 1 in 1592.  More Some famous Trinity alumni include:  Dr Denis Burkitt, writer Jonathon Swift, playwright Oscar Wilde more

Trinity College has a comprehensive website which can inform visitors and students on almost anything that needs to be known at Trinity. Various maps can be found at 

Campanile TCD


If you have any questions or need further information, please contact:
Leslie McCartney
Part Time Executive Officer
Department of Paediatrics
Trinity Centre for Health Sciences
Our Lady's Children's Hospital
Medical Tower Room TF40 
Crumlin, Dublin 12
Tel:     +353 1 409 6615

Last updated 21 September 2016 by Tercentenary (Email).