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Tumor Metabolism (X4)


Organizer(s) Matthew G. Vander Heiden and Karen H. Vousden
February 24—March 1, 2013
Keystone Resort • Keystone, Colorado USA
Abstract Deadline: Oct 25, 2012
Late Abstract Deadline: Nov 28, 2012
Scholarship Deadline: Oct 25, 2012
Early Registration Deadline: Dec 19, 2012

Sponsored by AVEO Oncology and Bayer USA Foundation


Summary of Meeting:
Proliferating tumor cells have different metabolic requirements than most normal differentiated cells. All cells consume nutrients to generate ATP and maintain homeostasis, however cell proliferation requires additional nutrient uptake to support macromolecular synthesis needed for cell growth. How metabolic pathways are regulated to balance these needs is not well understood, but mounting evidence suggests that metabolism is actively regulated to support cell growth, and that this regulation is intimately linked with the signal transduction pathways that control cell growth and proliferation. Metabolic changes represent some of the first differences ever noted between tumors and normal tissues. Yet, only recently has it been appreciated that many genetic events associated with cancer result in signal transduction changes to promote metabolism that is conducive to growth. This has accelerated research to understand metabolism in tumors with an eye toward targeting these pathways for improved cancer therapy. Substantial progress in the field has come from laboratories with diverse expertise providing new insights about metabolism and its regulation. However, a deeper understanding of tumor metabolism requires methods to assess metabolite flux and pathway regulation that historically have not been used to study cancer biology. Recent years have seen a remarkable advance in techniques available to interrogate metabolic pathways in vitro and in vivo. This work has been augmented by progress in modeling metabolic networks that facilitate interpretation of complex metabolism data to define key points of regulation. A growing cross talk between these systems biology approaches and traditional cancer biology studies has enabled increasingly sophisticated studies that enhance our understanding of tumor metabolism. Bringing together scientists with expertise in signal transduction, nutrient and oxygen sensing, genetic events affecting metabolism, metabolic flux measurements and network modeling will provide an opportunity to discuss the latest data informing metabolic regulation in tumors. These discussions will impact studies of metabolism in other contexts. Similarly, emerging data related to metabolic regulation in the immune systems can inform studies of tumor metabolism. PI-3 kinase is a critical regulator of metabolism and there have been numerous advances in understanding this signaling pathway; a joint meeting addressing PI-3 Kinase will enrich the dialogue across disciplines to explore how metabolism influences multiple aspects of biology.

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Scholarships/Awards

Keystone Symposia Future of Science Fund Scholarship Recipients

Oliver Maddocks
University of Glasgow, UK

National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) Ancillary Training Program Scholarship Recipients

Christina M. Ferrer
Drexel University College of Medicine, USA

Enrique Fuentes-Mattei
University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, USA

National Cancer Institute (NCI) Scholarship Recipients

Issam Ben-Sahra
Northwestern University, USA

Costas A. Lyssiotis
University of Michigan, USA