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Cellular Reprogramming and Metastatic Disease

December 2–5, 2021

Original Dates: March 19–22, 2020

Chaired By

 Sarah- Maria Fendt, VIB-KU Leuven Center for Cancer Biology
 Raul Mostoslavsky, MD, PhD, Harvard University

Important Dates

 01/18/2021 -  Travel Form Due
 02/18/2021 -  Abstracts Due

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Venue Information

Hilton Denver Inverness
200 Inverness Drive West
Englewood, CO 80112

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Program Description

We propose to explore current understanding of the molecular mechanisms that allow cancer cells to leave the primary site, disseminate, and grow as metastatic disease in
a foreign tissue. We will also explore how these cells avoid/resist treatment as part of such metastatic disease progression. Despite major advances in cancer treatment, once tumors metastasize, and regardless of the tumor type, prognosis remains dismal. New knowledge suggest that beyond genetic mutations, cancers cells may acquire non-genetic adaptations (metabolism, epigenetics, cell cycle resistor phenotypes, immune modulation) that could confer unique advantage to these aggressive cells. We plan to discuss new models to study metastatic disease, and current state of affairs in the field.

Forum Participants

Participant Institution
Julio Aguirre-Ghiso, PhD Mount Siani Hospital
Salvador Aznar Benitah, PhD Institute for Research in Biomedicine, Barcelona
Adrienne Boire, MD, PhD Memorial Sloan Kettering
Ayelet Erez, PhD The Weizmann Institute
Sarah-Maria Fendt, PhD KU Leuven University, Belgium
Christina Ferrer, PhD Massachusetts General Hospital
Karuna Ganesh, MD, PhD Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Ilaria Malanchi, PhD The Francis Crick Institute
Sean Morrison, PhD University of Texas SouthWestern
Raul Mostoslavsky, MD, PhD Harvard University
Erika Pearce, PhD Max Planck Institute
Ben Stanger, MD, PhD University of Pennsylvania
Sohail Tavazoie, MD, PhD Rockefeller University
Christopher Vakoc, MD, PhD Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
Matthew Vander Heiden, MD, PhD MIT
Karen Vousden, MD, PhD The Crick Institute-London
Robert Weinberg, PhD The Whitehead Institute
Sara Zanivan, PhD Beatson Institute

Forum Scholars

Scholar Institution
Elena Piskounova, PhD Weill Cornell Medicine
Jatin Roper, MD Duke University
Sharanya Sivanand, PhD MIT

Airport Information

Denver International Airport (DIA) is approximately 1 hour from the meeting location.

  • Arrivals - Thursday at 1 PM, 3 PM and 5 PM
  • Departures - Sunday at 10 AM and 12 PM

International participants are welcome to arrive on Wednesday to minimize chances for missed or delayed connections.

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The abstracts should be only one or two paragraphs outlining the theme of your presentation and should reflect the objective and spirit of the meeting (see above). Abstracts will be circulated about one week before the meeting. The meeting organizer will start requesting them a month before the meeting.

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