Sunday September 8, 2019

17.00 – Registration

18.00 – Welcome Reception with dinner buffet

Monday September 9, 2019

08.00-09.00 – Registration

09.00-09.15 – Welcome and Introduction
Rune Toftgård and Ulf De Faire

09.15-11.00 – Tissue stem cells as cancer cell of origin
Chair: Rune Toftgård

09.15-10.00 – Keynote: Hans Clevers (Hubrecht Institute, Utrecht, The Netherlands)
“Organoids as models of human cancer”

10.00-10.30 – Peter Dirks (University of Toronto, Canada)
“Heterogeneity and hierarchy in brain cancers”

10.30-11.00 – Cédric Blanpain (Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium)
“Identifying the cells of origin in skin cancers”

11.00-11.30 – Coffee break

11.30-13.00 – Importance of the niche in cancer initiation
Chair: Lena Claesson-Welsh

11.30-12.00 – David Scadden (Harvard University, Boston, USA)
“Primitive microenvironment sensing mechanism coopted in leukemia”

12.00-12.30 – Tomi Mäkelä (Helsinki University, Finland)
“The role of LKB1 as a tumor suppressor and maintenance of intestinal stem cells”

12.30-13:00 – Maria Kasper (Karolinska Institutet, Sweden)
“Decoding skin cancer formation via niche modulation and single-cell transcriptomics”

13.00-14.30 Lunch with Meet-the-Expert discussion sessions

14.30-16.00 – Dedifferentiation and cancer initiation
Chair: Ruth Palmer

14.30-15.00 – Florian Greten (University of Frankfurt, Germany)
“Cell plasticity in stemness and tumor progression”

15:00-15.30 – Christina Curtis (Stanford University, Stanford, USA)
“Towards forecasting tumor progression”

15.30-16.00 – Mohamed Bentires-Alj (University of Basel, Switzerland)
“Breast tumor heterogeneity and metastasis: Act locally, think globally“

16.00-16.30 – Coffee break

16.30-18.15 – Mechanisms of initiation and properties of initiated cells
Chair: Bengt Westermark

16:30-17.15 – Keynote: Sir Mike Stratton (Wellcome Sanger Institute, Cambridge, UK)
“Signatures of mutational processes in human cancer” 

17.15-17.45 – Mario Suvà (Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA)
“An integrative model of cellular states and genetics for glioblastoma”

17.45-18.15 – Kristian Pietras (Lund University, Lund, Sweden) “Microenvironmental control of the malignant phenotype in breast cancer”

19.00 – Boat trip and conference dinner with live music at Artipelag

Tuesday September 10, 2019

08.30-10.00 – The role of inflammation and wounding in cancer initiation
Chair: Martin Bergö

08.30-09.00 – Andreas Trumpp (Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum, Heidelberg, Germany) “Stem cells features in cancer”

09.00-09.30 – Carla Kim (Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA) “Regulation of progenitor cells in the adult lung and in lung cancer”

09.30-10.00 – Jessica Strid (Imperial College London, London, UK) “A role for the IgE-FceRI axis in tumour immune-surveillance”

10.00-10.30 – Coffee break

10.30-12.00 – Clonal evolution: Cell of origin and cancer stem cells
Chair: Eva Hellström-Lindberg

10.30-11.00 – Leonard Zon (Harvard University, Boston, USA) “Cancer initiation in the zebrafish”

11.00-11.30 – Charles Swanton (The Francis Crick Institute, London, UK) Chromosomal order and chaos: Cancer evolution and immune evasion”

11.30-12.00 – Sten Eirik Jacobsen (Karolinska Institutet, Sweden) “Unravelling Lineage Potentials and Fates of Normal and Leukemic Stem and Progenitor Cells”

12.00-13.30 – Lunch with Meet-the-Expert discussion sessions

13.30-15.00 – Organoids and experimental models for cancer
Chair: Urbal Lendahl

13.30-14.00 – Jürgen Knoblich (Institute of Molecular Biotechnology, Vienna, Austria) “Metabolic reprogramming turns neural stem cells into brain tumor initiating cells”

14.00-14.30 – Toshiro Sato (Keio University School of Medicine, Tokyo, Japan) “4D-imaging of human colorectal cancer stem cells using organoid technology”

14.30-15.00 – Michael Shen (Columbia University Medical Center, New York, USA) “Investigating bladder cancer using patient-derived tumor organoids”

15.00-15.30 – Coffee break   15.30-17.00 – Early detection and cancer prevention
Chair: Sten Linnarsson

15.30-16.00 – Liran Shlush (Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel) Title TBA

16.00-16.30 – Thomas Würdinger (University Medical Center, Amsterdam, The Netherlands) Tumor-educated platelets for the detection of cancer”

16.30-17.00 – Daniel De Carvalho (University of Toronto, Canada) “Translation Aspects of DNA Methylation in Cancer” 

17.00-17.30 – Refreshments

17.30-19.15 – The impact of cell of origin on tumor phenotype, prognosis and therapeutic outcome
Chair: Jonas Bergh

17.30-18.15 –Keynote: John Dick (Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, University of Toronto, Canada) “Tracking the arc of AML and B-ALL from the cell of origin to the origin of relapse in a single blood sample”

18.15-18.45 – Charles Sawyers (Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, USA) “Lineage Plasticity in Prostate Cancer”

18.45-19.15 – Sean Morrison (University of Texas Southwestern, Dallas, USA)
The metabolic regulation of cancer progression”

19.15-19.30 – Concluding remarks
Sten Eirik Jacobsen and Rune Toftgård


20.00 – Speaker’s Dinner at Skepparholmen Conference Hotel

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