Tumor Heterogeneity, Plasticity and Therapy (virtual edition)


05 May 2021

Virtual Event

Registration Deadline

23 April 2021

We are pleased to announce the first edition of the VIB Conference ‘Tumor heterogeneity, plasticity and therapy’, which will take place on 5-6 May 2021.

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

The deadline for the poster abstracts is 12 March. All submissions will have a chance to win the Nature Poster Prize.

Speakers include:

- Salvador Aznar-Benitah, Stem Cells and Cancer Lab, Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB Barcelona), ES

- Charles Swanton, The Francis Crick Institute, UK

- Johanna Joyce, Department of Oncology, University of Lausanne, Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research, CH

- Michelle Monje, Stanford University, US

- Erika Pearce, Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics, DE

- Fred de Sauvage, Genentech, US

and many more