Uncovering New Mechanisms of LKB1-Mediated Tumor Suppression

May 14th - 17th, 2020

Chaired By

 Russell Jones, McGill University
 Reuben Shaw, The Salk Institute

Important Dates

 03/14/2020 - Travel Form )
 04/14/2020 - Abstracts )

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Geneva National Resort
1221 Geneva National Avenue, South
Lake Geneva, WI 53147


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Program Description

The tumor suppressor gene STK11, which encodes the serine/threonine kinase LKB1, is one of the most frequent hotspot mutations in human cancer. LKB1 plays multi- faceted roles in cancer, being implicated in both hamartomatous polyposis syndromes and malignant disease, including lung cancer (>30% of lung cancers display STK11 mutations). However, there has been limited progress in developing therapies to treat patients with LKB1- deficient tumors. Recent advances in understanding the tumor suppressor functions of LKB1, including regulation of inflammation, epigenetics, and anti-tumor immune responses, holds new promise for translating fundamental scientific discoveries to the clinic. Our Forbeck Meeting proposal on LKB1-mediated tumor suppression will bring together the top scientists and clinicians to discuss recent advances in LKB1 biology, led by two leaders in the field: Drs. Russell Jones (former Forbeck Scholar) and Reuben Shaw (former Forbeck Scholar mentor). The long- term vision of the meeting is to expand therapeutic options for patients with PJS or LKB1- deficient tumours by targeting novel aspects of LKB1-mediated tumor suppression.

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Milwaukee's General Mitchell International Airport (MKE) is the preferred airport as it is only 45 minutes from the meeting location.

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

Chicago's O'Hare Airport (ORD) is 1 1/2 hours from the meeting location without traffic. The Foundation can only accommodate 1 pick up per day at O'Hare. If you absolutely must fly into O'Hare (ie: International Flights) the Foundation will have the following pick up times at O'Hare:

  • Arrivals - Thursday at 3 PM
  • Departures - Sunday at 10 AM

Any other arrival times at Chicago's O'Hare airport must be arranged and paid for by the individual. You are welcome to arrive on Wednesday.


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