Meeting capacity is limited. The application deadline has passed and a waiting list is currently being maintained.

What is the Cell Biology of Cancer Doorstep Meeting?

ASCB’s first-ever, full-day symposium, designed to familiarize the cell biology community with advances and opportunities in the cancer field, will be held on Saturday, December 3, 2016—the first day of the Annual Meeting, in San Francisco, CA. The event is jointly organized by ASCB and the National Cancer Institute, with generous funding from Howard Hughes Medical Institute. The program, organized by Alan Ashworth, University of California, San Francisco, and Ira Mellman, Genentech, Inc., will facilitate networking and discussion.

The meeting will cover a broad range of topics of current relevance to cancer to help researchers in cell biology develop a core knowledge of the disease and to identify areas of opportunity in which basic cell biological research promises to profoundly contribute to cancer prevention, treatment, and cure. Cancer treatment is becoming increasingly specialized, with new drugs targeting specific genes and phenotypes of cancer subtypes. However, a cell biology approach to understanding cancer could identify common principles among cancer cells to allow a more pan-cancer approach to treatment.

Students and postdocs who would like to explore opportunities in cancer research are encouraged to apply. There will also be an opportunity for you to submit an abstract and present during an informal poster session directly following lunch.

The deadline for submitting an application was September 1, 2016. If you would like to be added to a wait list please contact Heather Kyler at Completing the application did not register you for the meeting, nor does it guarantee acceptance to attend the meeting. Registration for the doorstep meeting can only be completed once you have been accepted by the ASCB, at which time you will receive an email with a link to the ASCB secure online registration website with instructions. The doorstep option on the online registration website can only be accessed after you receive the email from ASCB.

This Program is being organized by Ira Mellman, Genentech and Alan Ashworth, UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, two leading experts in the field of cell biology of cancer.

The program will cover 11 topics in 25-minute talks by experts in the field, with 10 minutes for questions and answers.

Lunch will be provided mid-day. Each cancer expert/speaker will be seated at one round table, and participants will have the opportunity to sit and have small group discussions with a speaker(s) or other attendees, if they choose. We aim to promote networking and facilitate future collaborations during this lunch session. Following lunch there will be a poster session on cell biology topics with relevance to cancer submitted by young researchers.


List of Topics

The Cell Biology of Cancer Immunotherapy, Ira Mellman, Genentech, Inc.

DNA Repair and Cancer Pathogenesis and Therapy, Alan Ashworth, UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, San Francisco

Forcing Form and Function, Valerie Weaver, University of California, San Francisco

Stromal-Immune Interactions in Cancer, Shannon Turley, Genentech, Inc.

Macrophages Are a Cellular Toolbox That Promotes Tumor Progression and Metastasis, Jeffrey Pollard, University of Edinburgh

SWI/SNF (BAF) Complex Mutations in Cancer, Charles W.M. Roberts, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Cancer Therapy Resistance: A Cell Biologist’s Perspective, Joan Brugge, Harvard Medical School

Lmphatic Vessels in Inflammation and Cancer: New Insights into Immune Regulation, Melody Schwartz, Institute of Molecular Engineering

The Autophagy Adaptor p62/SQSTM1 Is a Key Mediator of Liver Cancer Development, Michael Karin, University of California San Diego

The Regulation of Metastasis, Sean J. Morrison, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Centerr

Toward a Tumor Cell Atlas: Dissecting the Tumor Ecosystem with Single Cell Genomics, Aviv Regev, MIT, Broad Institute/HHMI


Regular members $250

Postdocs $220

Students (undergrad and grad) $180

If you attend both the ASCB Annual Meeting and the Doorstep Meeting, the Doorstep Meeting cost is discounted 30%.

* Please note: in order to get the discount you have to either 1) already be registered for the 2016 ASCB Annual Meeting; or 2) register for the 2016 ASCB Annual Meeting and Doorstep Meeting at the same time. If you register for the Doorstep Meeting, then go back and register for the 2016 ASCB Annual Meeting you will NOT get the discount.

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Cancellation: Meeting registration is nontransferable. Meeting registration is nonrefundable after November 17, 2016. The ASCB will honor requests for refunds if they are in writing and are received by the ASCB no later than November 17. Please note that cancellations are subject to a processing fee of $20 for students and $40 for all others. No refunds will be issued for requests received after November 17.

Please Note: Registration refunds will not be issued after November 17 for denied visas.

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Questions? Contact Heather Kyler, ASCB Meeting Manager at or 301-347-9325.

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