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This meeting took place in 2008

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Inflammation, Microenvironment and Cancer (D2)

Organizer(s) Michael Karin and Mina J. Bissell
March 30—April 4, 2008
Snowbird Resort • Snowbird, UT USA
Abstract Deadline: Dec 4, 2007
Late Abstract Deadline: Jan 2, 2008
Scholarship Deadline: Dec 4, 2007
Early Registration Deadline: Jan 30, 2008

Part of the Translational Medicine Series, Sponsored by Pfizer Global Research & Development

Summary of Meeting:
In recent years it has become increasingly clear that the inflammatory and innate immune system plays a critical role in cancer development and progression. Initial hints for a potential link between infection, inflammation and cancer came from epidemiological studies. However the subsequent proof of a mechanistic link between inflammation and cancer came from studies in mouse models of cancer. Such studies have highlighted the important function of cells of the innate immune system, especially macrophages, in cancer development and progression. In addition such studies provided evidence for the important pro-carcinogenic function of certain inflammatory signal transduction pathways, especially those leading to NF-kappaB activation. However, it is also becoming evident that the adaptive immune system has a considerable impact on tumor development that can be both negative and positive. Undoubtedly, future development of immunotherapeutic approaches to cancer treatment will have to consider all of these factors and manipulate them in a way that will allow more effective tumor elimination. This meeting will consider the different mechanisms and pathways through which inflammation and immunity affect cancer development. In addition, the contribution of other cells in the tumor microenvironments, such as myofibroblasts and cancer stem cells, will be discussed. Presentations will include state-of-the-art animal studies indicating that even potent oncogenes do not lead to cancer without assistance from activated inflammatory cells. In addition to being a fertile area for research and an important source for new ideas in cancer biology, the inflammation and cancer field is likely to provide us with novel therapeutic opportunities. This meeting will therefore be a source of inspiration of basic and translational researchers alike.

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Scholarship / Award Information

Scholarship Deadline: December 4, 2007 (11:59 PM US Mountain Standard Time)
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    • The results are clearly presented
    • The interpretation and conclusions are reasonable and logical

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