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Tumor Heterogeneity, Plasticity and Therapy

14-15 May 2020, Leuven Belgium
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Martelaren Square - Leuven (Copyright Tobias - Cornille)
Martelaren Square - Leuven (Copyright Tobias - Cornille)
Old Market - Leuven
Old Market - Leuven
Conference dinner - Faculty Club
Conference dinner - Faculty Club
Grote Markt - Leuven
Grote Markt - Leuven
Totem by Jan Fabre - Leuven
Totem by Jan Fabre - Leuven
Sponsor booths - Leuven
Sponsor booths - Leuven
Poster session - Ghent
Poster session - Ghent
Tumor Heterogeneity, Plasticity and Therapy

We are pleased to announce the first edition of the VIB Conference ‘Tumor heterogeneity, plasticity and therapy’. This international conference will take place May 14-15, 2020 in the beautiful historic city of Leuven.

Tumors are complex and evolving ecosystems composed of a wide variety of cell types, in addition to the cancer cells themselves. Increasing evidence indicates that the bi-directional interplay between tumor cells and their tumor microenvironment shape tumor evolution and therapy resistance.

Within a tumor, many cancer cells differ from each at the (epi-)genomic, transcriptional and proteomic level, as well as phenotypically and functionally. Tumor heterogeneity represents a major hurdle for therapy, which may only target a subset of tumor cells. In addition, cancer cell plasticity permits rapidly adaption to therapeutics and development of tolerance and resistance, presenting additional challenges for both targeted and immunotherapies.

During this conference a range of world leaders from academia and industry will discuss the latest developments in basic research, translational and clinical research and therapeutic avenues, in the following sessions:

  • Plasticity in initiation, progression and metastasis
  • Heterogeneity and reprogramming of the tumor immune- and microenvironment
  • Adaptation and resistance to targeted therapies
  • Adaptation and resistance to immunotherapies

Information for poster submissions:
The format for your poster should be: A0 (841 x 1189 mm / 33.1 x 46.8 in), portrait orientation. The best two posters will be rewarded with the VIB poster prize! The deadline for the abstracts is 12 March 2020. The best four abstracts were given a short talk slot in the plenary program. The best poster will win the Nature Poster Prize.

Travel Grants
We offer 5 travel grants to international attendees, which will reimburse travel costs up to 400 Euros. Are you interested in attending THPT20 and want to have a chance on a travel grant? Submit your motivation below by clicking on the 'Apply for a grant' button before 27 February 2020. The organizing committee will notify you of your travel grant acceptance on 5 March 2019. No registration is needed before submitting a travel grant proposal. When you’re awarded with a travel grant you will receive a practical email containing the next steps. Note that being awarded a travel grant does not mean being registered for the conference. Scroll down to apply for your grant.

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Confirmed speakers

Zemin Zhang
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Zemin Zhang

Zemin Zhang

BIOPIC, College of Life Sciences, and Beijing Advanced Innovation Center for Genomics, Peking University, CN

Program

Day 1 - Thursday, 14 May, 2020

08:45
09:15
Registration and welcome coffee
09:15
09:20
Welcome
Session 1 - Plasticity & initiation/progression and metastasis (including CTCs)
09:20
09:55

Caroline Dive

CRUK Manchester Institute, The University of Manchester, UK
10:30
11:00
Coffee break
11:00
11:35
The role of metabolism in metastasis formation
11:35
12:10
Cancer Genomes in 3D
12:10
12:25

Presenter to be announced

Selected from abstracts
12:25
13:15
Lunch
13:15
14:15
Poster session
Session 2 - Heterogeneity and reprogramming of the Tumor (immune) microenvironment
14:15
14:50

Jerome Galon

INSERM, Laboratory of Integrative Cancer Immunology, Sorbonne Universite, FR
15:25
15:40

Presenter to be announced

Selected from abstracts
15:40
16:10
Coffee break
16:10
16:45
Neuronal activity promotes the progression of glial malignancies
16:45
17:20

Zemin Zhang

BIOPIC, College of Life Sciences, and Beijing Advanced Innovation Center for Genomics, Peking University, CN
17:20
17:55
Closing talk
Interplay between dietary fatty acid, nerves, and metastatic-stem cells
17:55
19:00
Reception
20:00
22:30
Conference dinner

Day 2 - Friday, 15 May, 2020

08:45
09:15
Welcome coffee
Session 3 - Adaptation and Resistance to targeted therapies
09:20
09:55
Tumor cell plasticity as a challenge for targeted therapies
09:55
10:30
Heterogeneity and plasticity in head and neck cancer
10:30
11:00
Coffee break
11:00
11:35
Starvation and pseudo-starvation as drivers of phenotypic plasticity

Colin Goding

Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research, University of Oxford, UK
11:35
12:10
12:10
12:25

Presenter to be announced

Selected from abstracts
12:25
13:15
Lunch
13:15
14:15
Poster session
Session 4 - Adaptation and Resistance to immuno-therapies (including influence of microbiome)
14:15
14:50
Chromosomal instability and genome plasticity in cancer evolution, immune evasion and metastasis
14:50
15:25
DNA repair and immune surveillance in colorectal cancer
15:25
15:40

Presenter to be announced

Selected from abstracts
15:40
16:10
Coffee break
Closing Talk
17:55
18:00
Closing remarks

Organizing committee

Travel Grant

Result will be announced on 5 March 2020.

Submission closing date

Abstracts

Submit your abstract for this event

Abstract submission closing date:   Thursday, 12 March, 2020
Submit an abstract
The full list of abstracts will be available on 04-05-2020 until 29-05-2020
This list will only be available for registered attendees of the event.

Attendees

The full list of attendees will be available on 04-05-2020 until 29-05-2020
This list will only be available for registered attendees of the event.

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