GoldenHelixSummerSchoolsThe Golden Helix Summer Schools

The Golden Helix Summer Schools are international educational activities in the field of Precision Medicine and Biomedical informatics. These educational activities constitute a unique opportunity for researchers around the world to expand their knowledge in the rapidly evolving field of Genomic Medicine and to exchange innovative ideas in the conductive environment of Greek islands. The quality of the Golden Helix Summer Schools educational programs, organized under the umbrella of the Golden Helix Foundation and the Genomic Medicine Aliance is guaranteed by complementary processes for the assessment and evaluation of each program. Each Summer School provides a unique academic program intertwined with an attractive social program for both invited speakers and students, to cater the needs of each research them, while indulging the Greek summer time.

Besides lectures and course material and syllabus, the registration fee, which is kept to a minimum to encourage participation of researchers from lower-income countries, includes meals, coffee breaks and afternoon refreshments with drinks and snacks, welcome reception and the farewell dinner. Emphasis is also given to the social part of the Golden Helix summer schools, allowing participants to get to know each other in a very informal way, providing them with the chance to visit archaeological sites to admire the rich Greek ancient history and to experience a traditional Greek fare organized as the farewell dinner of the school.

UPCOMING SUMMER SCHOOL: 2016 Golden Helix Summer School, Syros, Greece


2016 Golden Helix Summer School

"Cancer Genomics and Individualized Therapy"

22-26 September 2016

Dolphin Bay Resort hotel, Syros island, Greece


We are pleased to announce the 2016 Golden Helix Summer School that will be held in the island of Syros, Greece, the capital of the Cyclades islands in the Aegean archipelago. The 2016 Golden Helix Summer School will be organized on September 22-26, 2016 and the theme of the Summer School will be "Cancer genomics and individualized treatment" and will revolve around the application of the most important disciplines of Genomic Medicine in Cancer, such as Genomics and Pharmacogenomics, Public Health, informatics, drug design, etc.

Also, we have enriched the scientific program of this 2016 Golden Helix Summer school with a career development session at the last day of this event, in which 6 members of the Faculty will engage into lively discussions with the summer school participants about issues related to career advancement.

Apart from the high quality scientific program, the 2016 Golden Helix Summer School offers an attractive social program that includes a visit to the Apollo Theater in Hermoupolis, and a traditional farewell dinner, allowing participants to get to know each other in a very informal way.

We have made every effort to minimize the registration fees to encourage participation of researchers from lower-income countries.

We are looking forward to welcoming you to Syros, Greece next September and to a very fruitful and stimulating conference.

The 2016 Golden Helix Summer School Organizing Committee 


Co-organized by:




Under the auspices of:





Hellenic Society of

Radiation Oncology



Approved by:



Important dates

Registration and abstract submission deadline: Abstract submission is now CLOSED. You can still register to attend this event.

Notification of abstract acceptance: August 21st, 2016

Cancellation deadline: August 1st, 2014


Registration fees

590 EUR (on the basis of a double room)
690 EUR (on the basis of a single room)

Registration fees include: Accommodation in a double room for the entire duration of the summer school (4 nights), meals (breakfast, coffee breaks, lunches, dinners, welcome reception and farewell traditional party), educational material.


2016 Golden Helix Summer School Venue

The venue of the 2016 Golden Helix Summer School is the Dolphin Bay Resort hotel, situated in an ideal location in the bay of Galissa, by the seaside. Galissas is the most popular touristic destination. Galissas is located in a protected bay on the west coast of the island, which together with Danakos, a small and quiet farming village, number around 500 inhabitants. Galissas beach is long, with shallow-waters, and lined with tamarisk trees and has been awarded the blue-flag by the EU. There are various water sport activities. Area landmarks are the hill and church of Agia Pakou, immediately adjacent to the Dolphin Bay hotel, the small harbor with a quaint stone pier, the beach of Armeos, the large cave of Agios Stefanos with the water springs, as well as the chapels of Agios Mamas and Agios Kyrikos, the oldest church in Syros.


About Syros

Syros is the administrative center of Cyclades islands and is just 80 nautical miles from Athens. In Syros, the unique historical path, cultural wealth and imposing natural environment nicely blend. The island harmoniously combines the cosmopolitan and the traditional, the medieval with the modern urban, the Cycladic with the neoclassic, and the catholic with the Greek Orthodox historical tradition.

In Syros, there are more than 20.000 inhabitants, constituting the largest island of the Cyclades. Ermoupolis is the capital of Syros and of the Cyclades islands, a city that fascinates the visitor from the first moment he enters the harbor, with its breathtaking two hills that dominate the city, with the Catholic church of Saint George and the Greek Orthodox church of Resurrection at the top of each hill, and the impressive neoclassical mansions, built around the big natural harbor of the east coast of the capital city.
Created during the 1821 Greek revolution, Ermoupolis developed quickly into a big trade centre between east and west. The name “Ermoupolis” was adopted in 1826, dedicated to the “kerdoos Ermis” (Hermes the profitable). As the time went by, industries, workshops and Neorion shipyards were created in the city, leading to the economic development of Ermoupolis and to a cultural blossoming. This is also reflected in the architecture of the city, where the style created, conforms with the beginning of romantic classicism and is strongly influenced by western models.


Organizing committee

George P. Patrinos (Patras, GR)

Paolo Fortina (Philadelphia, PA, USA)

Federico Innocenti (Chapel Hill, NC, USA)


Confirmed Summer School instructors

Aikaterini Apostolidou (Athens, GR)

Ingolf Cascorbi (Kiel, DE)

Erika Cecchin (Aviano, IT)

Paolo Fortina (Philadelphia, PA, USA)

Henk-Jan Guchelaar (Leiden NL)

Inge Holsappel (The Hague, NL)

Magnus Ingelman-Sundberg (Stockholm, SE)

Federico Innocenti (Chapel Hill, USA)

Dimitrios Kardamakis (Patras, GR)

Theodora Katsila (Patras, GR)

Michael Koukourakis (Alexandroupolis, GR)

Evriklia Lianidou (Athens, GR)

Milan Macek (Prague, CZ)

Ioanna Maroulakou (Alexandroupolis, GR)

Minos-Timotheos Matsoukas (Patras, GR)

Christina Nomikou (Athens, GR)

Dimitrios Papageorgiou (Athens, GR)

George P. Patrinos (Patras, GR)

Kathryn Phillips (San Francisco, CA, USA)

Juergen Reichardt (Urcuquí, EC)

Matthias Samwald (Vienna, AT)

Matthias Schwabb (Stuttgart, DE)

Anastasia Sideri (Athens, GR)

Alessio Squassina (Cagliari, IT)

Alexios Strimpakos (Athens, GR)

Jesse Swen (Leiden, NL)

Ioannis Varthalitis (Chania, GR)

Bauke Ylstra (Amsterdam, NL)

Sarah Wordsworth (Oxford, UK)


Scientific Program

Scientific Program


Day 1 – Thursday, 22 September 2016


08:00 - 14:20             Arrivals AND Registration

14:20 - 14:30              Introduction



Chairperson: F. Innocenti

 14:30 – 15:00 Alessio SQUASSINA (Cagliari, Italy)

High-throughput technologies to investigate the genome: impact on personalized medicine

15:00 - 15:30 Bauke YLSTRA (Amsterdam, the Netherlands)

Cytogenomics in Cancer Pathology


15:30 - 16:00              COFFEE BREAK


16:00 - 17:30              INTERACTIVE SESSION 1

Alessio SQUASSINA, Cagliari, Italy


17:30 - 19:30              DAY ENDS – FREE TIME


19:30 - 21:30              WELCOME RECEPTION


Day 2 – Friday, 23 September 2016


08:00 – 09:30                       BREAKFAST



09:30 - 10:00  Federico INNOCENTI (Chapel Hill, NC, USA)

Cancer treatment and emphasis on precision

10:00 - 10:30 Michael KOUKOURAKIS (Alexandroupolis, Greece)

Tumor microenvironment and implications in cancer therapy


10:30 - 11:00          COFFEE BREAK


11:00 - 11:30 Ingolf CASCORBI (Kiel, Germany)

Pharmacogenomics of TKI therapy resistance

11:30 - 12:00 Erika CECCHIN (Aviano, Italy)

Tailoring the treatment in colorectal cancer patients: research and clinical application in the field of the host pharmacogenomics

12:00 – 12:30             Q&A session


12:30 – 14:30             LUNCH BREAK


14:30 – 16:00             WORKSHOP 1 (Theodora KATSILA, Patras, Greece)



16:00 - 16:30              COFFEE BREAK


16:30 – 17:30             FLASH TALKS 1

Chairperson: T. Katsila

FT1 – V. Dolžan (Ljubljana, Slovenia)

Genetic markers of Huerthle Cell neoplasms

FT2 – A. Stratopoulos, (Patras, Greece)

Genomic variants in the SLCO1B3 gene may serve as pharmacogenomic biomarkers upon cancer drug administration

FT3 – A. Mpitsakos, (Patras, Greece)

Current views and knowledge of drug prescribers on pharmacogenomics and its role in patient-tailored treatment


17:30 - 19:30              DAY ENDS – FREE TIME


19:30 - 22:30              DINNER


Day 3 – Saturday, 24 September 2016


08:00 – 09:30                       BREAKFAST



Chairperson:  A. Squassina

09:30 - 10:00 Matthias SAMWALD (Vienna, Austria)

Personalized Medicine in your pocket? Technologies for making genomic data available at the point-of-care

10:00 - 10:30 Anastasia SIDERI (Athens, Greece)



10:30 - 11:00               COFFEE BREAK


11:00 - 12:30               WORKSHOP 2 (Minos-Timotheos MATSOUKAS, Patras, Greece)



12:30 – 14:30             LUNCH BREAK


14:30 – 15:30             INTERACTIVE SESSION 2

George P. PATRINOS, Patras, Greece


15:30 – 16:00 Evriklia LIANIDOU (Athens, Greece)

Liquid biopsy and individualized therapy

 16:00 – 16:30 Inge G.A. HOLSAPPEL (The Hague, The Netherlands)

Evidence-based pharmacogenetic guidelines of anticancer drugs



17:00 DEPARTURE FOR THE GUIDED TOUR IN HERMOUPOLIS (Mainly for the English speaking participants)

17:30 – 19:00 GUIDED TOUR IN HERMOUPOLIS  (by Mrs Kalypso Faropoulou)

19:00 RECEPTION AND GUIDED TOUR AT THE HERMOUPOLIS TOWN HALL (by the Chairman of the Syros-Hermoupolos Municipal Council Mr. George Dounavis)



17:30 DEPARTURE FOR THE TSIROPINA MANSION                 (Mainly for the Greek speaking participants)



Round table moderators: D. Kardamakis, G. Patrinos

18:00 – 18:10 Welcome by Mrs Thomais Mendrinou, Deputy Mayor; Municipality of Syros-Hermoupolis

18:10 – 18:20 Ioannis VARTHALITIS, Oncologist, Chairman; Hellenic Medical Society of Oncology, Athens, Greece

Population screening for cancer

18:20 – 18:30 Alexios STRIMPAKOS, Oncologist, Euroclinic hospital

Prevention and personalized cancer treatment                                        

18:30 – 18:40 Dimitrios PAPAGEORGIOU, Oncology Nurse, Euroclinic hospital

Nursing management of the cancer patient                                                 

18:40 – 18:50 Aikaterini APOSTOLIDOU, Chairman, Hellenic Cancer Federation

Understanding immune-oncology: The ECPC immune-oncology portal

18:50 – 19:00 Christina NOMIKOU, Psychologist, Aggigma Zois

Psychological and social support of cancer patient in distant areas

19:00 – 20:00 General Discussion with the audience


20:00                          RETURN TO THE CONFERENCE VENUE


20:30 - 22:30             DINNER


Day 4 – Sunday, 25 September 2016


08:00 – 09:30                       BREAKFAST



Chairperson: K. Phillips

09:30 - 10:00 Milan MACEK (Prague, Czech Republic)

Precision medicine in cystic fibrosis: the role of cost of illness analyses

10:00 – 10:30  Jesse SWEN (Leiden, the Netherlands)

Safety, feasibility and cost-effectiveness of genotype-directed individualized dosing of fluoropyrimidines


10:30 – 11:00              COFFEE BREAK


11:00 – 11:30 Kathryn PHILLIPS (San Francisco, CA, USA)

Challenges and opportunities for measuring the economic value of multi-gene tests

11:30 – 12:00 Sarah WORDSWORTH (Oxford, UK)

The economics of Cancer Genomics: Is it cost-effective?

12:00 – 12:30             Q&A session


12:30 – 14:30             LUNCH BREAK


14:30 – 16:30             CAREER DEVELOPMENT SESSION

16:30 – 17:30             FLASH TALKS 2

Chairperson:  E. Cecchin

FT4 – A. Balasopoulou (Patras, Greece)

A preemptive pharmacogenomics strategy to tailored-made therapeutics against cancer: the U-PGx paradigm

FT5 – E. Giannopoulou (Patras, Greece)

Comparative study and meta-analysis of meta-analysis studies for the correlation of genomic markers with early cancer detection

FT6 – T. Katsila (Patras, Greece)

Identification of cancer predisposition variants in apparently healthy individuals using a next generation sequencing-based family genomics approach


17:30 - 19:30              DAY ENDS – FREE TIME


19:30 - 22:30              FARE WELL DINNER

21:00 – 21:45             TRADITIONAL DANCES (performed by the Lyceum Club of Greek Women Syros,


Day 5 – Monday, 26 September 2016


08:00 – 09:30                       BREAKFAST



Chairperson: G.P. Patrinos

09:30 - 10:00 Henk-Jan GUCHELAAR (Leiden, the Netherlands)

Ubiquitous Pharmacogenomics (the EU Horizon 2020 project): Making actionable pharmacogenomic data and effective treatment optimization accessible to every European citizen

10:00 – 10:30 Matthias SCHWAB (Stuttgart, Germany)

Cancer Pharmacogenomics: The way beyond



10:30 – 11:30 Magnus INGELMAN-SUNDBERG (Stockholm, Sweden)

Pharmacogenomic and epigenomic biomarkers for prediction of drug response


11:30 – 12:00              BEST ABSTRACT SESSION    

BA1 – J.S.WILLIAMS, J. Jezkova, F. Pinto, S.J. Sammut, G.T. Williams, S. Gollins, R.J. McFarlane, R.M. Reis, J.A. Wakeman
North West Cancer Research Institute, School of Medical Sciences, Bangor University, Bangor, UK

Brachyury identifies a class of enteroendocrine cells in normal human small intestinal and colonic crypts


BA2 – R. RONCATO, G. Toffoli, M. Montico, S. Gagno, M. Garziera, E. Poletto, E. De Mattia, R. Sorio, V. Canzonieri, G. Giorda, E. Cecchin
Experimental and Clinical Pharmacology Unit CRO-National Cancer Institute, Aviano, Italy

A tumor genetic signature of patients prognosis and response to a platinum-based treatment in High-Grade Ovarian cancer


12:00 – 12:15              Summer School coordinators - Conclusions


12:15                            DELEGATES DEPARTURE



We thank the following collaborating entities and companies who are generously supporting this event:















Communication sponsors







All submitted abstracts will be published in a Supplement issue of Public Health Genomics, the Official journal of the Genomic Medicine Alliance.

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2 Best Abstract awards

Award winners will

(A) have the chance to submit their article FREE of any charges for publication (after peer review) in the new interdisciplinary journal Biomedicine Hub,

(B) be personally interviewed by the Biomedicine Hub team and their interview will be published on the Biomedicine Hub website, with a link to their article, to help promote their career,

(C) choose a 1-year subscription to a Karger journal of their choice, as part of the award.



Instructions for abstract preparation and submission

  • Each abstract should have a length of max. 250 words; the font size does not matter here due to word restriction.
  • Please give first names in initials only (e.g. J. Smith)
  • Use superscripted letters (J. Smith a) to distinguish authors with different affiliations
  • Start each affiliation with the identifying superscripted letter if there are multiple affiliations (a Department of….)
  • No key words, no references, no contact details


Registration fees

590 EUR (on the basis of a double room)

690 EUR (on the basis of a single room)

Registration fees include: Accommodation in a double room for the entire duration of the summer school (4 nights), meals (breakfast, coffee breaks, lunches, dinners, welcome reception and farewell traditional party), educational material.


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