4th International Conference on Cytokines in Cancer

Program - Friday, May 20

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    Please note that Crete has two airports. You want to arrive at the Chania International Airport (code: CHQ) and take a taxi from the airport to the hotel (~60 EUR). You may also rent a car at the airport and drive to the conference center. Alternatively the other airport (HER) is a two-hour drive to the Conference Center.

    Accommodation Tax

    An accommodation tax of € 4.00 per room night will apply, and will be charged automatically to the individual guest’s extras accounts. 


    Accommodations for the conference are at the Avra Imperial Hotel.  The hotel is located in Kolymbari, 39 km from Chania International Airport, 23 km from the Souda Harbor, and 23 km west of Chania town center.  Please take a taxi from the airport to the conference venue. 

    Arrival and Check-in

    It is expected that attendees will arrive/check-in after 3:00 PM. Anyone arriving after 10:30 pm on the first day should make alternative dinner arrangements.

    Conference Venue

    The Avra Imperial Conference Center is located at the hotel. 

    Handicapped Accessibility

    The site is fully handicapped accessible.

    Oral Presentations

    Speakers are asked to bring their USB flash drive to the reception desk at least 30 minutes prior to the session.  The allocated time for all presentations, unless otherwise indicated, includes five minutes Q&A.

    City Tour

    Buses for the city tour will depart from the hotel front lobby at 3:30 pm. Badges are required for participation. 


    Breakfast for registered participants and registered accompanying persons will be served at the Avra Imperial Hotel main restaurant during the hours scheduled in this program. 

    Lunches/Informal Discussions

    Lunches for registered participants and registered accompanying persons will be served during the times indicated in this program at the main restaurant and only after the session has finished. Badges are required for admission.

    Dinners/Informal Discussions

    Three of the dinners/informal discussion will be served during the times indicated in the program. Vegetarian entrees are available only upon request in advance of the meeting.  Please contact info@aegeanconferences.org. 

    Internet, Phone, & Computer

    Wireless Internet access is located throughout the conference center free of charge during meeting hours. There are computers available in the hotel’s business center for the use of the attendees. Phone service is available for an additional charge from your hotel room.

    Certificate of Participation

    A Certificate of Participation will be distributed to a participant for those sessions that the participant has attended. A participant must attend an entire session to receive credit for that particular session. Late arrivals and early departures from a session will preclude a participant from receiving credit for that session. 

    Passports and Visa
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    Letters of Invitation
    Letters of invitation to attend an Aegean Conference meeting will be issued only to:

    • Authors of accepted abstracts
    • Fully paid registrants

    Note: Invitations are issued at the discretion of Aegean Conferences, and requests for letters will be accepted only 60 days prior to the conference start date.

    Liability and Insurance
    Neither the organizers, nor the Aegean Conferences will assume any responsibility whatsoever for damage or injury to persons or property during meeting period. Participants are advised to arrange their own personal travel and health insurance.  

    Other Information

    Animals are not permitted on site.

    Badges are required for admission to all events.

    All Aegean Conferences events are non-smoking.

    No Photographs and Recording Devices

    Participants are not allowed to photograph and/or record using cameras, mobile telephones and other recording devices during the slide and poster presentations. 

    Code of Conduct Policy 

    Aegean Conferences is committed to making its meetings an inclusive space for sharing ideas and knowledge. The code of conduct can be viewed here. 

Friday, May 20

07:30 AM - 08:30 AM
08:20 AM - 08:30 AM
Introductory Remarks - Leonidas Platanias
Pro-oncogenic mechanisms
Chairs: Lopa Mishra and Diana Saleiro
08:30 AM - 08:55 AM
Novel tumor promoting activities of CD95/Fas in breast cancer
Abdul S. Qadir11, Jean Philippe Guégan3, Christophe Ginestier4, Assia Chaibi3, Alban Bessede3, Emmanuelle Charafe-Jauffret4, Manon Macario4, Vincent Lavoué5, Thibault de la Motte Rouge6, Hongbin Wang7, Emily Stroup7, Andrea E. Murmann1, Zhe Ji7, Patrick Legembre, and Marcus E. Peter1
08:55 AM - 09:20 AM
A TGFβ-ALDH2 Axis controls Obesity-Associated Liver Disease and Cancer
Shuyun Rao1, Xiaochun Yang9, Xiyan Xiang9, Kazufumi Ohshiro1, Sobia Zaidi9, Krishanu Bhowmick9, Richard Amdur3, Ben Da1, James Crawford4, Bibhuti Mishra5, Herbert Yu6, Patricia Latham7, Xin Wang8, Adrian Krainer2, Nancy Gough1, and Lopa Mishra9
09:20 AM - 09:45 AM
The role of long noncoding lincRNA Platr18 in TGFbeta-mediated breast cancer progression.
Philip Howe
09:45 AM - 10:10 AM
PTPs and STATs in Cancer Immunotherapy
Tony Tiganis
10:10 AM - 10:30 AM
How Transforming Growth Factor beta (TGF-β) is Activated in the Tumors ?
Alexandra Lainé1, Ossama labiad1, Hector Hernandez-Vargas1, Helena Paidassi3, Mark Travis4, Dean Sheppard2, and Julien Marie1
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Coffee Break and Posters Viewing
Fundamentals and unexpected angles
Chairs: Jadwiga Jablonska and Elena Voronov
11:00 AM - 11:25 AM
Cytokine receptor Stoichiometry regulates cell signalling and function
Angel F Lopez
11:25 AM - 11:50 AM
Structural Rearrangements of Chromatin during Transcriptional Activation of Interferon-Induced Genes
Thomas Decker
11:50 AM - 12:15 PM
Exploring shared immune mechanisms in cancer and COVID-19
Ludmila Prokunina-Olsson
12:15 PM - 12:40 PM
SARS-CoV-2: variant predictions and antiviral drug design are enabled by in vitro evolution
Gideon Schreiber
12:40 PM - 01:05 PM
IFNs-α, COVID-19 and cancer
Eleanor Fish
01:05 PM - 01:25 PM
IL-1α secreted by subcapsular sinus macrophages promotes melanoma metastasis in the sentinel lymph node by upregulating STAT3 signaling in the tumor.
Tommaso Virgilio1, Alberto Arribas2, Robert Hunger3, Antonino Bruno6, Lorenzo Mortara5, Elena Voronov4, Silvia Monticelli1, Ron Apte4, Francesco Bertoni2, and Santiago Gonzalez1
01:25 PM - 01:45 PM
Effects of clonal hematopoiesis on anti-tumor immunity: PPM1D-driven clonal hematopoiesis
Oleg Demidov
01:45 PM - 03:00 PM
Lunch and Informal Discussions
03:00 PM - 07:30 PM
Informal Discussions
07:30 PM - 10:30 PM
Dinner and Informal Discussions