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This meeting took place in 2010

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Cell Death Pathways: Apoptosis, Autophagy and Necrosis (X3)

Organizer(s) Guido Kroemer, Junying Yuan and Eileen P. White
March 12—17, 2010
Fairmont Hotel Vancouver • Vancouver, BC Canada
Abstract Deadline: Nov 12, 2009
Late Abstract Deadline: Dec 10, 2009
Scholarship Deadline: Nov 12, 2009
Early Registration Deadline: Jan 12, 2010

Sponsored by Astellas Pharma Inc. and Genentech BioOncology

Summary of Meeting:
Homeostatic and pathological cell death can occur through a multiplicity of different mechanisms including apoptosis, autophagy, necrosis and others. The morphological and functional definitions of distinct cell death modalities are emerging, and the relationships between different lethal pathways are being determined. However, the exact nature of the molecular switches that determine which subroutines cells disintegrate are elusive. Moreover, the relative contributions of different cell death modalities to the avoidance of cancer or degenerative diseases remain to be defined. In cancer, in particular, where defects in cell death are prevalent and the survival of undead cells enables progression and treatment resistance, restoration of cell death pathways is an important and achievable therapeutic goal. Finally, distinct cell death modalities may remain immunologically silent or trigger an immune response, through mechanisms that are still elusive. The 2010 Keystone Symposia meeting on Cell Death will address the normal regulation and pathogenic dysfunction of distinct cell death modalities, present new strategies for therapeutic cancer cell induction and address the immunogenicity of distinct cell death types.

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Scholarship Deadline: November 12, 2009 (11:59 PM US Mountain Standard Time)
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