Tumor Heterogeneity, Plasticity and Therapy conference – VIB (RESCHEDULED)

NOTE: Event rescheduled from 14-15 May 2020 to 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

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 deadline for the poster abstracts is currently extended. The best poster will win the Nature Poster Prize.

Travel Grants

The travel grant deadline has passed.

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