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Stem Cells, Cancer and Metastasis
Organizer(s): Richard J. Gilbertson and Daniel A. Haber
Date: March 06 - 11, 2011
Location: Keystone Resort, Keystone, CO, USA
Sponsored by Astellas Pharma Inc., Celgene Corporation and Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited
Summary of Meeting:
Several concepts regarding the origins of cancer and metastasis have converged in recent years. In particular, special interest has focused on the possibility that tissue specific stem cells and cancer cells displaying the properties of these cells play fundamental roles in the malignant process. These concepts have been supported by studies of mouse models in which predictable patterns of tumor spread and access to both primary and metastatic lesions has allowed molecular analyses. With regard to primary tumors, emerging evidence suggests that important cancers, including those in the colon and brain, may arise directly from mutated progenitor cells that display deviant differentiation within 'stem cell-niches'. Tumors appear also to contain stem-like cancer cells that are both necessary and required to propagate the disease. These findings overlap with observations of metastasis that suggest tumor dissemination may be driven by critical changes in tumor cell differentiation, including epithelial to mesenchymal transition (EMT), and the migration of malignant stem cells to 'pre-metastatic niches'. We believe the time is ripe for a joint conference that will bring together scientists and clinicians with interests in stem cell biology, cancer and metastasis. The meeting will provide a forum for exchange of information and insights between these rapidly moving fields. In addition to increasing the sharing of key scientific approaches we believe this conference will galvanize collaborative efforts among disparate research communities to address several key outstanding questions: (i) What is the relationship between normal and malignant tissue stem cells? (ii) What is the relationship between cancer stem cells and the so-called 'metastatic precursor', that is capable of indefinite proliferation at the new metastatic site? (iii) What are the interactions between stromal and stem-like cancer cells in primary and metastatic disease sites? How do these interactions facilitate disease propagation and metastatic spread? (iv) How should we monitor in vivo the biology of stem-like cells in primary tumors and metastasis? (v) What are the optimal approaches to target therapeutically stem-like cancer cells in primary and metastatic disease? By focusing on these questions, we aim to elicit exciting fundamental biological discussions with significant translational application.
Scholarship Deadline: November 4 2010
Discounted Abstract Deadline: November 4 2010
Abstract Deadline: December 9 2010
Discounted Registration Deadline: January 6 2011
We gratefully acknowledge additional support for this conference from:
Astellas Pharma Inc.Celgene CorporationCell Signaling Technology, Inc.CephalonChroma Technology CorporationOncoMed Pharmaceuticals, Inc.Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited
We gratefully acknowledge additional in-kind support for this conference from those foregoing speaker expense reimbursements:

Genentech, Inc.
We appreciate the organizations that provide Keystone Symposia with additional support, such as marketing and advertising:
The Rockefeller University Press - The Journal of Cell BiologyThe Rockefeller University Press - The Journal of Experimental Medicine
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Special thanks to the following for their support of Keystone Symposia initiatives to increase participation at this meeting by scientists from underrepresented backgrounds:

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