Environment, Host and Tumor Interactions

Forum Chairs

Janelle
Ayres
,
PhD
Salk Institute
Mark
Febbraio
,
PhD
Monash University Australia

Forum Description

While much work has been done on understanding how host microbe interactions can affect tumor biology, recent research has demonstrated that tumor-host interactions extend well beyond this relationship.  Independent of the role of microbes, tumors not only respond to, but actively perturb host organs at distant anatomic sites as a result of environmental factors. Environmental factors such as physical activity (or lack of physical activity) and diet and, importantly, how these environmental factors precisely interact with tumor biology are poorly understood. This is important, since ~15 cancers are directly linked to obesity while ~5 cancers are directly linked to lack of physical activity. We intend to probe the mechanisms by which environmental factors such as diet and exercise affect overall whole-body metabolism and how this affects tumor biology. To our knowledge a meeting of such nature has not been held before.

Forum Summary

Venue & Travel Information

Inn at Aspen

38750 Highway 82
Aspen, CO 81611

800-525-6200

Travel Forms

Travel forms are due 30 days prior to the start of the meeting to allow enough time to plan transportation.

To help reduce transportation costs, the Foundation tries to group travelers on shuttle vans rather than providing transportation for single travelers.

The Aspen Airport (ASE) is the preferred airport as it is only 10 minutes from the meeting location.
We cannot provide shuttle transportation to or from Denver.

  • Arrivals - Around 1 PM, 3 PM and 5 PM
  • Departures - Around 10 AM and 12 PM
TRAVEL FORMS DUE:
September 13, 2024
submit travel form

Travel Policy

Please familiarize yourself with our policies and procedures for travel. We truly appreciate you taking the time to participate in this meeting. As you make your plans, please remember that we are a nonprofit organization dependent on donations and volunteers. We do NOT pay for upgrades, change fees, incurred costs resulting from a flight change, transportation to or from your local (home side) airport, meals or other incidentals.

  • Travel Confirmation will be sent out within 1 week of the meeting. This will include a hotel confirmation number, if there is one, and airport transfer details. We have to wait until we receive almost everyone’s travel to book airport transfer. Due to frequent airline changes, we wait until the week of the meeting to send this out.
  • Airport transfer is provided by Foundation staff, volunteers or arranged shuttle at specific times. If you opt to utilize Foundation airport transportation on your travel form, please be patient in receiving this information. We will send it to the week of the meeting.
  • Speaker agenda is not sent out prior to the meeting. It will be provided upon arrival in the meeting packet. We do not tell people when they are speaking because we expect everyone to attend all sessions. Sessions are all day Friday and Saturday.
  • REMINDER: We do not reimburse for home side airport transfer or incidentals while traveling. We will not honor miscellaneous receipts sent for these expenses.
  • Spouses are welcome to come with you at their own cost but are not allowed to attend the meeting. Please no children.

What the Foundation Pays

Accommodations and meals are provided by the foundation during the meeting. Airfare will be covered only if booked through our travel agent. The Foundation will also cover airport transportation on the meeting side at the designated shuttle times. You can select not to utilize Foundation arranged transportation at your own expense when completing the travel form. Once your travel form is received your accommodations and airport transfer will be confirmed. Please let us know of any food allergies or other information we should be aware of on the travel forms.

  • If you would like your airfare covered by the Foundation, you must book with our travel agent. Note we do not cover upgrades, changes, late bookings, etc.
  • Flights must be booked at least 30 days prior to the meeting to confirm your accommodations and airport transfer.
  • As a nonprofit we utilize volunteers and other methods to maximize our efforts (or our donor support) when making accommodations and arranging ground transportation. Ground transportation will be provided upon your arrival either by a foundation volunteer or arranged shuttle. You will be provided airport transportation information the week of the meeting. We do not reimburse for home side airport transfer or incidentals while traveling.

Abstracts

Abstracts are due 30 days prior to the start of the meeting to allow enough time to prepare the meeting book.

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.

abstracts DUE:
September 13, 2024
submit abstract

Meeting Structure

The meeting structure has been developed over years of experience.

  • Participants have approximately 45 minutes, depending on the number of participants, for their presentation and discussion. The presentation is meant as a conversation start and should last about twenty minutes briefly covering background information and areas that are new or need further input. This should be structured in such a way as to lead to a lively discussion. Participants are encouraged to interrupt to ask questions or start discussions.
  • A MAXIMUM of 5 slide equivalents per presentation is allowed (Power point slides should not contain more than one graph or gel per slide and no more than 5 bullet points to stress the points being made by the presenter.) We appreciate cooperation with the spirit of this guideline. Handouts are welcome but should be distributed before sessions.
  • Everyone is expected to actively participate in every session and discussions.
  • The time spent at the meeting is relatively short, so please be familiar with papers received prior to the meeting.
  • It is very important that you commit to all sessions of the 2 days of meetings.

Forbeck Scholars Participation

Scholars are selected for each Forbeck Forum. These are outstanding junior clinical or post-doctoral fellows selected based on the quality and relevance of science.

  • Scholars present for 30-45 minutes, depending on the number of participants
  • The same presentation rules apply for scholars
  • After the Forum you are selected to attend, you will attend three years of Scholar Retreats held in Lake Geneva, WI. If you attend a Fall Forum, you will attend the Spring Retreat. If you attend a Spring Forum you will attend a Fall Retreat.
  • Scholars are selected by the Foundation Scientific Advisory Board and peer reviewers selected from past Forbeck Scholars.

General Program

The outline below illustrates a typical program schedule. You will receive a complete schedule, including speaking times, the Thursday the meeting starts.

Arrival Day
1:00 PM Arrivals
6:00 PM Cocktails (opt'l)
7:00 PM Dinner
Meeting Day 1
7:00 AM Breakfast
8:00 AM Scientific Sessions
12:00 PM Lunch
1:30 PM Scientific Sessions
6:00 PM Cocktails & Dinner
Meeting Day 2
7:00 AM Breakfast
8:00 AM Scientific Sessions
12:00 PM Lunch
1:30 PM Scientific Sessions
6:00 PM Cocktails & Dinner
Departure Day
7:00 AM Breakfast
8:00 AM Departures

Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some of our most Frequently Asked Questions. If you have something new to ask, please feel free to contact us.

  • Travel Confirmation will be sent out within 1 week of the meeting. This will include a hotel confirmation number, if there is one, and airport transfer details. We have to wait until we receive almost everyone’s travel to book airport transfer. Due to frequent airline changes, we wait until the week of the meeting to send this out.
  • Airport transfer is provided by Foundation staff, volunteers or arranged shuttle at specific times. If you opt to utilize Foundation airport transportation on your travel form, please be patient in receiving this information. We will send it to the week of the meeting.
  • Speaker agenda is not sent out prior to the meeting. It will be provided upon arrival in the meeting packet. We do not tell people when they are speaking because we expect everyone to attend all sessions. Sessions are all day Friday and Saturday.
  • Frequently airport transfer is provided by volunteers. Please be patient on receiving this information. Airport transfer will be sent out prior to arrival.
  • REMINDER: We do not reimburse for home side airport transfer or incidentals while traveling. We will not honor miscellaneous receipts sent for these expenses.

Forum Participants

Janelle
Ayres
,
PhD
Salk Institute
Semir
Beyaz
,
PhD
Cold Spring Harbor
Navdeep
Chandel
,
PhD
Northwestern University
Edward
Couchani
,
PhD
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Maralice
Connacci Sorrell
,
PhD
UT Southwestern
Mark
Febbraio
,
PhD
Monash University Australia
Marcus
Goncalves
,
MD, PhD
Weill Cornell Medicine
Doug
Green
,
PhD
St Jude Children's Research Hospital
Jonathan
Kagan
,
PhD
Boston Children's Hospital
Lydia
Lynch
,
PhD
Brigham and Womens Hospital, Harvard Medical School
Erika
Pearce
,
PhD
Max Planck Institute
David
Sabatini
,
MD, PhD
MIT / Whitehead Institute
Mara
Sherman
,
PhD
Oregon Health & Science University
Edward
Stites
,
Yale University
Martin
Whitham
,
PhD
University of Birmingham

Forum Scholars

Isaac Chan, MD, PhD
UT Southwestern
Lisa Sudmeier, MD, PhD
Emory University