ISREC Symposium 2011 Hallmarks and Horizons of Cancer

The ISREC Symposia take place biannually as part of the Life Sciences Symposium series of the School of Life Sciences at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL). The theme of the 2011 symposium is centered upon an organizing principle – the hallmarks of cancer – that has proved instructive for appreciating underlying commonalities to the vast number of disparate and complex human cancers. The premise, laid out by Hanahan and Weinberg in 2000, is that most lethal tumors acquire, by different ways and means, a common set of six capabilities that are collectively necessary for tumors to grow and disseminate. The realization that such distinctive and quasi-independent functional capabilities are generally important for most tumors is beginning to influence cancer therapeutics, by presenting the concept of dual targeting with drugs aimed at multiple hallmark capabilities, seeking to improve the extent and duration of clinical benefit above and beyond what is possible with a single drug. Additionally, the scope of the hallmarks concept is expanding to include emerging hallmarks such as the roles of inflammation in cancer, and of altered metabolism to fuel tumor growth.

The conference will have lectures from renowned cancer scientists on the latest results and their implications, and about horizons of cancer research that have promise to lead to new mechanism-based therapies for human cancer.

For more information on the Symposium: http://isrec2011.epfl.ch/index.php

Categories International | Tags: | Posted on May 17, 2011

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