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Deregulation of Transcription in Cancer: Controlling Cell Fate Decisions (E2)

Organizer(s) Beverly M. Emerson and Edison T. Liu
June 21—26, 2009
INEC Killarney Convention Centre • Killarney, Co. Kerry Ireland
Abstract Deadline: Feb 23, 2009
Late Abstract Deadline: Mar 24, 2009
Scholarship Deadline: Feb 23, 2009
Early Registration Deadline: May 8, 2009

Organized in Collaboration with Science Foundation Ireland. Sponsored by Amgen Inc.

Summary of Meeting:
Transcription is an intricate process that is regulated with exquisite specificity at both the genetic and epigenetic levels through such aspects as chromatin and core RNA polymerase machinery. Sophisticated mechanisms have been recently deciphered concerning how specific genes and pathways are deregulated in human cancers. Master cancer regulators are commonly transcription factors. Yet a great disparity exists between the nonspecificity of most cancer therapies and this advanced understanding of aberrant gene expression. This conference will focus on exploiting novel mechanistic information to generate more efficacious targeted therapies . Current insights into the mechanisms by which specific genes are deregulated in cancer, the resulting transcriptome signature for particular cancers, and state-of-the-art therapeutic approaches using small molecules or RNA interference will be presented. The goals of this meeting are to explore how transcription as a regulator for cell fate outcomes can be parlayed into specific cancer therapies.

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Scholarship Deadline: February 23, 2009 (11:59 PM US Mountain Standard Time)
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