4th International Conference on Cytokines in Cancer

Program - Monday, May 23

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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
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    • 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. 

Monday, May 23

07:30 AM - 08:20 AM
08:20 AM - 08:30 AM
Housekeeping Notes
Pathogenesis and therapies-1
Chairs: Hua Yu and Natalia Bednarz-Knoll
08:30 AM - 08:55 AM
Prolactin-humanized NSG mice for improved in vivo modeling of human cancer and tissues
Hallgeir Rui
08:55 AM - 09:20 AM
Melanoma Addiction to GCDH
ZEEV RONAI and Sachin Verma
09:20 AM - 09:45 AM
STAT3 and STAT5 gain-of-function mutations in hematopoietic malignancies
Veronika Sexl
09:45 AM - 10:10 AM
STAT3: from fundamental discoveries to clinical translation
Hua Yu
10:10 AM - 10:30 AM
ULK1 as a novel therapeutic target in melanoma
Diana Saleiro, Sarah Fenton, Liliana Ilut, Mariafausta Fischietti, Markella Zannikou, Chidera Oku, and Leonidas Platanias
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Coffee Break and Poster Viewing
Pathogenesis and therapies-2
Chairs: Bryan Williams and Ludmila Prokunina-Olsson
11:00 AM - 11:25 AM
Mechanisms of immune toxicity in checkpoint blockade therapy
Stephanie Watowich
11:25 AM - 11:50 AM
Cancer cells hijack RNA processing to transform cell architecture inside and out
Mehdi Ghram, Jean-Clement Mars, Gavin Morris, Biljana Culjkovic, and Katherine Borden
11:50 AM - 12:15 PM
Interferon signaling circuits as targets in the treatment of malignancies
Leonidas Platanias
12:15 PM - 12:35 PM
STAT3 signaling as a checkpoint for epigenetic reprogramming of acute myeloid leukemia into antigen-presenting cells
Marcin Kortylewski
12:35 PM - 12:55 PM
Loss of tumour-intrinsic type I IFN signalling predicts and facilitates bone-metastatic outgrowth in advanced prostate cancer
Katie Owen1,7, Linden Gea2, Aaron Meyers1, Niall Corcoran4,5, Paul Hertzog2,3, Chris Hovens4, Shahneen Sandhu6,7, and Belinda Parker1,7
12:55 PM - 01:15 PM
Clinical Development of heterodimeric IL-15 for Cancer Immunotherapy
George Pavlakis
01:15 PM - 01:20 PM
Concluding Remarks - Serge Fuchs
01:15 PM - 03:00 PM
Lunch and Informal Discussions
03:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Informal Discussions
08:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Farewell Dinner - Leonidas Platanias - Travel awards presentation