4th Exploring DNA Repair Pathways as Targets for Cancer Therapy Conference

4th Exploring DNA Repair Pathways as Targets for Cancer Therapy Conference 7 October, 2024 - 10 October, 2024

Hilton Malta Vjal Portomaso St Julian's PTM, 01, Malta

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Deadline: 08/08/2024
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General Information

Defects in DNA damage repair and checkpoint control are underlying mechanisms driving tumorigenesis, since they allow for the accumulation of genetic alternations. Indeed, defects associated with these pathways are the underlying cause of several human cancer-prone syndromes. On the other hand, defects in DNA repair and checkpoint control create vulnerabilities in cancer cells that can be targeted by DNA damaging agents and inhibitors that disrupt checkpoint pathways. More recently, defective DNA repair and checkpoint regulation have been shown to influence R-loop formation, replication fork stability, and innate immunity. These new findings not only reveal additional mechanisms contributing to tumorigenesis, but also provide new targets for cancer therapy. This conference will focus on exploring these vulnerabilities, taking advantage of the synthetic lethality concept, and targeting specific DNA repair and checkpoint pathways for cancer therapy, either alone or in combination with chemotherapy, radiation therapy, targeted therapy, and immunotherapy. This conference will bring together basic, translational and clinical investigators to discuss current and future directions, opportunities and obstacles to the development of these anti-cancer modalities and how to best translate these concepts to clinical practice.

Deadline for submissions: Talk submission: 02 May 2024. Poster submission: 08 August 2024

Meeting organisers:


Conference Chairs: Junjie Chen & Helen Piwnica-Worms (MD Anderson Cancer Center)

Conference Manager: Chloe Trundle (Conference Manager, Fusion Conferences)


Britt Adamson (Princeton University)
Jiri Bartek (Danish Cancer Society Research Center)
Sharon Cantor (University of Massachusetts)
Karlene Cimprich (Stanford University)
Elizabeth Christie (Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre)
Alan D’Andrea (Dana-Farber Cancer Institute)
Thanos Halazonetis (University of Geneva)
Maria Jasin (Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center)
Jan Karlseder (The Salk Institute)
Chris Lord (Institute of Cancer Research)
Zhenkun Lou (Mayo Clinic)
Andre Nussenzweig (National Institutes of Health)
Mark O’Connor (AstraZeneca)
Helen Robinson (Artios)
Clare L. Scott (Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research)
John Tainer (MD Anderson Cancer Center)
Steve West (Francis Crick Institute)
Shan Zha (Columbia University)
Lee Zou (Duke University)

*Further speakers to be added later