Biology of Cancer: Microenvironment & Metastasis
October 12 - 15, 2021 Virtual
Abstract Deadline: July 23, 2021
Registrations submitted after 5:00 p.m. ET on October 7, 2021 are subject to late fees


Scott Lowe, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
M Celeste Simon, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine
Valerie Weaver, University of California, San Francisco

We are pleased to announce the sixth Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory meeting on the Biology of Cancer: Microenvironment & Metastasis. Abstracts should contain new and unpublished material. Selection of material for oral and poster presentation will be made by the organizers and individual session chairs. The meeting will be held virtually, beginning late morning ET on Tuesday, October 12, and ending late afternoon ET on Friday, October 15, 2021.

Day Time (ET Session # Session Name
Tuesday 9:30 am - 12:30 pm 1 Crosstalk Between the Tumor and Microenvironment (TME)
Tuesday 12:30 pm - 1:15 pm        Keynote Speaker: Lisa Cousssens
Tuesday 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Poster Session*
Tuesday 2:30 pm - 5:30 pm 2 Immune Surveillance
Wednesday 9:30 am - 12:30 pm 3 Cancer Heterogeneity and Plasticity
Wednesday 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm 4 Special Single Cell Session
Wednesday 1:45 pm - 2:45 pm
Poster Session*
Wednesday 2:45 pm - 5:45 pm 5 Metastatic Niche
Thursday 9:30 am - 12:30 pm 6 Inflammation
Thursday 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Poster Session*
Thursday 2:00 pm - 2:45 pm
Keynote Speaker: William Kaelin
Thursday 2:45 pm - 5:45 m 7 Systemic Factors
Friday 9:30 am - 12:30 pm 8 Stromal Control of Tumorigenesis
Friday 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Poster Session*
Friday 2:30 pm - 5:30 pm 9 The Stressful Tumor Microenvironment
*Virtual Poster Session will be available for viewing throughout the meeting
**Virtual Icebreaker on Tuesday at 6:00 pm ET
***Discussion Zone follows each session as an open forum and runs for 30 minutes

On-demand recordings of the daily Zoom sessions will be made available for 48 hours starting the following day, followed by longer-term access to the Leading Strand archive the week after the meeting.

Daily Schedule

City "Morning" Oral Session Poster Session "Afternoon" Oral Session
Los Angeles 6:30 am - 9:30 am 10:00 am - 11:00 am 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
New York 9:30 am - 12:30 pm 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm 2:30 pm - 5:30 pm
London 2:30 pm - 5:30 pm 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Berlin 3:30 pm - 6:30 pm 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm 8:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Tokyo 10:30 pm - 1:30 am 2:00 am - 3:00 am 3:30 am - 6:30 am
Keynote Speakers:

Lisa Coussens, Oregon Health & Science University
William Kaelin,
HHMI/Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Discussion Leaders:

Cory Abate-Shen, Columbia University Medical Center
Eduard Batlle,
IRB, Barcelona, Spain
Jeremy Borniger,
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
Heather Christofk, University of California, Los Angeles
Christina Curtis,
Stanford University
Karin de Visser,
The Netherlands Cancer Institute, Netherlands
Thomas Gajewski,
University of Chicago Medical School
Andrei Goga, University of California, San Francisco
Nicholas Huntington,
Monash University, Australia
Alec Kimmelman,
NYU School of Medicine
Michelle Monje-Deisseroth, Stanford University
Jeffrey Myers,
MD Anderson Cancer Center
Dana Pe'er,
Memorial Sloan Kettering Institute
Rushika Perera,
University of California, San Francisco
Jonathan Powell,
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
Jeffrey Rathmell,
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Aviv Regev,
Pepper Schedin,
Oregon Health and Science Center
Bruce Spiegelman,
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
David Tuveson,
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
Matthew Vander Heiden,
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Karen Vousden,
Francis Crick Institute, UK
Timothy Wang,
Columbia University
Kathryn Wellen,
University of Pennsylvania

Please bring this notice to the attention of any of your colleagues who may be interested in participating in the meeting.

All abstracts must be submitted by the abstract deadline. Late registrations may be accepted after the abstract deadline if the meeting is not oversubscribed. In the event of over-subscription, every effort will be made to ensure that all groups who wish to participate will be represented. The status (talk/poster) of abstracts will be posted on our web site as soon as decisions have been made by the organizers.

We are eager to have as many young people as possible attend since they are likely to benefit most from this meeting. We have applied for funds from government and industry to partially support graduate students and postdocs. Please apply in writing via email to Val Pakaluk and state your financial needs; preference will be given to those who submit abstracts.

Social Media:

The designated hashtag for this meeting is #cshlcancer. Note that you must obtain permission from an individual presenter before live-tweeting or discussing his/her talk, poster, or research results on social media. Click the Policies tab above to see our full Confidentiality & Reporting Policy.

Partial support provided by: National Cancer Institute


Late Pricing:
(registrations submitted after 5:00 p.m. ET on October 7, 2021)
Late Virtual Academic Package: $395
Late Virtual Graduate Student Package: $280
Late Virtual Corporate Package: $535

Virtual 4 day live meeting + 6 weeks archive access

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~48 talks / 8 sessions
(late am/early pm)
~24 total hours with interactive Q&A
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~150 posters with
dedicated slack channels for each poster
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Virtual Social Events~
Meet-the-Speakers & Editors
Icebreaker, "Breakout" Social
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Leading Strand video archive access to talks
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Digital program in PDF format