Origins of Cancer

Tackling Provocative Questions

WHEN July 21, 2017 7:00 a.m.
WHERE Grand Rapids, Mich. Van Andel Research Institute

Origins of Cancer is a one-day symposium that brings together students, scientists and medical professionals to discuss the latest breakthroughs in cancer research. The theme for 2017 is Tackling Provocative Questions, which will highlight recent progress from the National Cancer Institute’s Provocative Questions Initiative.

Invited speakers will address the following key questions:

• How do variations in tumor-associated immune responses contribute to differences in cancer risk, incidence or progression?

• What are the underlying molecular mechanisms that are responsible for the functional differences between benign proliferative diseases and premalignant states?

• What cancer models or other approaches can be developed to study clinically stable disease and the subsequent transition to progressive disease?

• How do microbiota affect the response to cancer therapies?

• Can we develop bifunctional small molecules that will couple oncoproteins or other cancer-causing molecules of interest to inactivating processes such as degradation and achieve tissue-specific loss of function?

Thank you for your interest. Registration has now closed. For questions, please contact Beth Resau at

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