Mechanisms & Models of Cancer
August 14 - 18, 2018
Abstract Deadline: June 15, 2018


Martin McMahon, University of Utah, Huntsman Cancer Institute
Benjamin Neel, New York University School of Medicine
Karen Vousden, Francis Crick Institute, UK
Eileen White, The Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey

You are cordially invited to participate in the twelfth biennial meeting on Mechanisms & Models of Cancer to be held at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. The meeting will begin on Tuesday, August 14, 2018, and will conclude with lunch on Saturday, August 18. The specific goal of this conference is to bring together a diverse group of scientists studying various molecular, genetic, biochemical and animal model approaches to the analysis of cancer. Junior and senior researchers will join to discuss their latest research findings and technical approaches toward the analysis of cancer models and mechanisms.

The format of the meeting will include morning and evening sessions consisting of eight or nine 15-minute talks per session, selected from the abstracts, principally on unpublished work. In addition, there will be two poster sessions. The organizers will decide the suitability of each abstract for oral or poster presentation, but please specify if you prefer a poster. 

  • Experimental Therapeutics
  • Stem Cells, Self-Renewal and Cancer
  • Genomics, Heterogeneity and Cancer Evolution
  • Cancer Metabolism
  • The Cancer Epigenome
  • Proliferation and Survival Signaling
  • Tumor Immunology and Immunotherapy
  • Tumor-Host Interactions and Metastasis
Keynote Speakers:

Joan Brugge, Harvard University
William Weiss,

Session Chairs:

Experimental Therapeutics
Craig Crews, Yale University 

Stem Cells, Self-renewal and Cancer
Ross Levine, MSKCC
Sean Morrison, UTSW

Genomics, Heterogeneity and Cancer Evolution
Elaine Mardis, Nationwide Children's Hospital Research Institute
Serena Nik-Zainal, University of Cambridge

Cancer Metabolism
Ralph DeBerardinis, UTSW
Jared Rutter, University of Utah

The Cancer Epigenome
Emily Bernstein, Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai
Charles Roberts, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

Proliferation and Survival Signaling
Sara Courtneidge, OHSU
Adrian Saurin, University of Dundee

Tumor Immunology and Immunotherapy
Hy Levitsky

Tumor-Host Interactions and Metastasis
Erik Sahai, Francis Crick Institute
Val Weaver, University of California, San Francisco

Legacy Lecture
Dr. James Allison, MDACC

Partial support provided by National Cancer Institute

Generous support provided by Northwell Health

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.

All questions pertaining to registration, fees, housing, meals, transportation, visas, abstract submission or any other matters should be directed to Catie Carr at

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 Catie Carr at and state your financial needs; preference will be given to those who submit abstracts.

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We look forward to seeing you at Cold Spring Harbor in August.

Academic Package $1485
Graduate/PhD Student Package $1235
Corporate Package $1905
Academic/Student No-Housing Package $1005
Corporate No-Housing Package $1280

Regular packages are all-inclusive and cover registration, food, housing, parking, a wine-and-cheese reception, and lobster banquet. No-Housing packages include all costs except housing. Full payment is due four weeks prior to the meeting.