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The International Symposium on Pancreatic Cancer, “Pancreas 2016” will take place in the historic Bute Hall at the University of Glasgow, UK. Glasgow is Scotland’s largest city and is one of Europe’s most exciting destinations, combining the vibrancy and sophistication of a great international city with the warmth of its people and a sense of style which is second to none.

The University of Glasgow, recently shortlisted as ‘Scottish University of the Year – 2014’, dates from the middle of the fifteenth century and today is one of the UK’s leading universities with more than 18,000 undergraduates and 7,000 postgraduates, 6,800 staff and an outstanding academic reputation both nationally and internationally.

University of Glasgow alumni include the father of economics Adam Smith and renowned physicist and engineer Lord Kelvin. Many of the most significant discoveries and advances in healthcare were made in Scotland including antiseptic surgery; the introduction of chloroform as an anaesthetic; development of the Glasgow Coma Score for neurological assessment of patients with suspected brain injury; discoveries of the first beta-blockers, and the use of statins to prevent heart attack; interfering with ovarian hormone action as a therapy for breast cancer; pioneering the use of Caesarean sections to improve survival rates of both mothers and babies; the demonstration of the link between poverty, poor diet, and ill health; understanding transplant rejection; and the use of X-rays, MRI and ultrasound in medicine.

The University also plays an important role in Scotland’s cultural life with some of Glasgow’s best-known attractions, including the Hunterian Museum (Scotland’s oldest public museum and the venue for our Welcome Reception), the Hunterian Art Gallery and the Mackintosh House (the reassembled interiors from the Glasgow home of the renowned architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh) being located at the heart of the University.

Glasgow International Airport is only a twenty minute journey by taxi and with 30 airlines serving approximately 100 destinations worldwide, is Scotland’s principal long-haul airport.

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