Mechanisms & Models of Cancer
August 11 - 14, 2020 Virtual
Abstract Deadline: June 19, 2020


Elaine Mardis, Nationwide Children's Hospital
Martin McMahon, University of Utah, Huntsman Cancer Institute
Benjamin Neel, New York University School of Medicine
Karen Vousden, Francis Crick Institute, UK


The current COVID-19 situation is challenging and difficult for all of us - we hope this virtual conference will allow colleagues to share and discuss their latest research, while under travel and stay-at-home restrictions.


The thirteenth biennial meeting on Mechanisms & Models of Cancer is going fully virtual and will begin late morning EST on Tuesday August 11 and end late afternoon EST on Friday August 14, 2020. Oral sessions will be confined to later morning and afternoon sessions EST to maximize access by participants from around the world. An outline program will be posted following further discussion with the organizers.

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 afternoon virtual sessions consisting of eight or nine 15-minute talks per session, selected from the abstracts, principally on unpublished work.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. 

Day Time (EDT Session # Session Name
Tuesday 10:00 am 1 Cancer Metabolism
Tuesday 2:00 pm 2 The Cancer Epigenome
Wednesday 10:00 am 3 Tumor Immunology and Immunotherapy
Wednesday 12:15 pm Keynote Speaker: Eileen White
Wednesday 2:00 pm 4 Tumor-Host Interactions and Metastasis
Thursday 10:00 am 5 Experimental Therapeutics
Thursday 2:00 pm Keynote Speaker: Robert Schreiber
Thursday 2:45 pm 6 Stem Cells, Self-Renewal and Cancer
Friday 10:00 am 7 Proliferation and Survival Signaling
Friday 2:00 pm 8 Genomics, Heterogeneity, and Cancer Evolution
Throughout Meeting Virtual Poster Session
Virtual Bar Tuesday, 5:30 pm

Keynote Speakers:

Robert Schreiber, Washington University School of Medicine
Eileen White, The Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey

Session Chairs:

Omar Abdel-Wahab, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Brad Cairns, University of Utah, Huntsman Cancer Institute
Ralph DeBerardinis, UT Southwestern Children's Medical Center
Marcia Haigis, Harvard Medical School
Cigall Kadoch, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute/HMS
Alec Kimmelman, NYU School of Medicine
Anthony Letai, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
E. Elizabeth Patton, The University of Edinburgh
Sohrab Shah, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Laura Soucek, Vall d´Hebron Institute of Oncology (VHIO), Spain
Stefani Spranger, MIT
Alana Welm, University of Utah School of Medicine

Partial support provided by National Cancer Institute

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. 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 the virtual conference should be directed to Catie Carr at

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.

Social Media
The designated hashtag for this meeting is #cshlcancer20. 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.


Late Registration Fees (registrations submitted after 4:01pm EDT on Tuesday August 4)

Virtual Attendance Package: $335
Virtual Graduate Student Package: $225
Virtual Corporate Package: $475

Virtual 4 day live meeting + 6 weeks archive access

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~60 talks / 8 sessions
(late am/early pm)
~20 total hours with interactive Q&A
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~125 posters with
dedicated slack channels for each poster
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Digital program in PDF format
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Leading Strand video archive access to talks
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Twitter for meeting news & general comments

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.