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Ecological and Evolutionary Perspectives in Cancer

November 2, 2013 - November 6, 2013

Roscoff (Brittany), France, November 2-6, 2013

Cancer is a disease of opportunity, associated with clonal evolution, expansion and competition within the body. Specifically, somatic cellular selection and evolution are the fundamental processes leading to malignancy, metastasis and resistance to therapies. The Jacques Monod Conference “Ecological and Evolutionary Perspectives in Cancer” aims to promote this emerging discipline by addressing some of the most important questions about cancerogenesis. The conference will cover 3 themes:

Interspecific patterns and processes

The first theme will address the observation that infectious agents can cause cancers. Persistent infections may promote cancer because long-term host defensive responses induce inflammation that subsequently increases mutation rates. Why human defensive mechanisms have not evolved to more efficiently control or eliminate invasive cell lineages, and why do some species with more somatic tissue show less than expected incidences of cancer? The second theme will evaluate the role of the tumor environment and natural selection in explaining cancer progression. To what extent are different cancers predictable and what are the key contributing variables? The third theme will tackle the daunting challenge of employing evolutionary theories to improve cancer therapies. It will seek how preventative, curative and management therapies can be improved and even optimized to slow or stop the emergence of resistance to chemotherapies.

Please note that participation at this conference is not limited to research on carcinogenesis: we will consider applications from scientists with affinities towards the themes of the conference, and working on related topics from ecology and the evolutionary sciences, including social evolution, evolution of multicellularity, resistance management, evolutionary medicine of diseases, and species invasions.

Jacques Monod Conferences organized by CNRS, are known for the high scientific quality of the talks and discussions, in a relaxed atmosphere.

Invited speakers:
AKTIPIS Athena (San Francisco, USA)
BEERENWINKEL Nico (Basel, Switzerland)
CICCARELLI Francesca (Milano, Italy)
CLAIRAMBAULT Jean (Paris, France)
CRESPI Bernard (Burnaby, Canada)
DELHOMMEAU François (Paris, France)
EWALD Paul (Louisville, USA)
FRIDMAN Hervé (Paris, France)
GATENBY Robert (Tampa, USA)
HAREL-BELLAN Annick (Gif-sur-Yvette, France)
HENG Henry (Detroit, USA)
HIBNER Urszula (Montpellier, France)
HOCHBERG Michael (Montpellier, France)
MAINI Philip (Oxford, United Kingdom)
MALEY Carlo (San Francisco, USA)
MORENO Eduardo (Bern, Switzerland)
OLIVIERI Isabelle (Montpellier, France)
PACHECO Jorge (Braga, Portugal)
PEPPER John (Bethesda, USA)
QUINTANA-MURCI Lluis (Paris, France)
RADMAN Miroslav (Paris,France)
SAVAGE Philip (London, United Kingdom)
SOLÉ Ricard (Barcelona, Spain)
SPROUFFSKE Kathleen (Zurich, Switzerland)
STRATTON Michael (Cambridge, United Kingdom)
THOMAS Frédéric (Montpellier, France)
TLSTY Thea (San Francisco, USA)
TOMLINSON Ian (Oxford, United Kingdom)
WEITZMAN Jonathan (Paris, France)
ZUR HAUSEN Harald, Nobel Prize in Medicine (Heidelberg, Germany)

Deadline for registration : August 1st, 2013

Registration fee (includes lodging, meals and conference banquet)

400 Euro for PhD students
520 Euro for other participants

Application for registration
The total number of participants is limited to 115 and all participants are expected to attend for the whole duration of the conference.
Scientists and PhD Students interested in the meeting should send:
- their curriculum vitae
- the list of their main publications for the 3 last years
- the abstract of their presentation
to the Chairperson of the conference (mhochber@univ-montp2.fr) before August 1st. Except in some particular cases approved by the Chairperson, it is recommended that all selected participants present their work during the conference, either in poster form or by a brief in- session talk. The organizers choose the form in which the presentations are made. No payment will be sent with the application. Information on how and when to pay will be mailed in due time to those selected.

Michael Hochberg


November 2, 2013
November 6, 2013
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