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Cancer Metastasis: The Role of Metabolism, Immunity and the Microenvironment (M2)


Organizer(s) Erika L. Pearce, Sarah-Maria Fendt, Russell G. Jones and Peter F. Carmeliet
March 15—19, 2019
Firenze Fiera- Fortezza da Basso • Florence, Italy
Discounted Abstract Deadline: Nov 28, 2018
Abstract Deadline: Dec 11, 2018
Scholarship Deadline: Nov 28, 2018
Discounted Registration Deadline: Jan 17, 2019

Organized in collaboration with the following organizations - Cancer Research UK and Menarini International Foundation

Sponsored by Autolus Therapeutics

Summary of Meeting:
In disease states, immune cells must compete for available resources to control tissue homeostasis or mediate protective functions. This is particularly true in cancer, where rapidly proliferating and metabolically dysregulated tumors exert metabolic pressure on cells within the tumor microenvironment. Understanding how immune and non-immune cells respond to these conditions and restrain tumor growth and metastasis is critical for developing new cancer therapies. Often cancer biologists and immunologists have little crossover, and this presents a significant barrier to furthering knowledge. This interdisciplinary conference brings together immunologists and scientists focusing on cancer to reveal novel and integrated mechanistic underpinnings that lead to cancer progression/regression and metastasis. Our goals are to: Integrate cancer biologists and immunologists who have a common interest in how cellular metabolism influences cell function; raise awareness of the metabolic intersection between tumor biology and immunology; and encourage junior researchers to actively participate at this interface. Attendees will leave the conference with a stronger understanding of how metabolism in immune cells and non-immune cells influence cell function in metastasis and the tumor microenvironment. We hope that researchers from cancer biology and immunology will, as a result of their interactions, forge new collaborations founded in their mutual appreciation that engagement of particular metabolic pathways shapes cell function and fate. Given the resurgence that metabolism has seen in recent years, we think our conference will appeal broadly to many researchers across cancer biology and immunology, many of whom are interested in investigating metabolic changes in their particular systems.

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Scholarships/Awards

Burroughs Wellcome Fund ECITA Scholarship Recipients

David R. Soto-Pantoja
Wake Forest School of Medicine, USA

Cancer Research UK Scholarship Recipients

Zachary Bacigalupa
Vanderbilt University Medical Center, USA

Ana Patricia Gomes
Weill Cornell Medicine, USA

Keystone Symposia Future of Science Fund Scholarship Recipients

Teresa Micillo
Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II, Italy

Jin Sol Sung
Yonsei University, South Korea

National Cancer Institute (NCI) Scholarship Recipients

Ahmed El-Badawy
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA

Mark Esposito
Princeton University, USA

Annelise Snyder
University of Washington, USA