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2nd Exploring DNA Repair Pathways as Targets for Cancer Therapy Conference

Target DNA repair for Cancer Therapy


27 Feb 2017 - 02 Mar 2017

Cancun, Mexico

Chairs

Helen Piwnica-Worms
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Junjie Chen
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Report

This 2nd major conference on Target DNA repair for Cancer Therapy took place in Cancun, Mexico from 27 February to 02 March 2017. The conference attracted many leaders in the field of DNA damage repair. It also drew attendance of scientists working in pharmaceutical and biotech companies that are developing and testing new compounds that target DNA repair and DNA damage checkpoint pathways for cancer treatment. Moreover, this conference was also attended by several physicians who are conducting clinical trials using various DNA repair and checkpoint inhibitors. The convergence of interests from academic, industry, and clinic makes this a unique conference that enjoyed by all the attendees.

The conference was chaired by Dr. Helen Piwnica-Worms (Vice Provost, Science, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center) and Dr. Junjie Chen (Professor and Chain, Department of Experimental Radiation Oncology, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center).

Faculty attended included Dr. Karlene Cimprich (Stanford University), Dr. Jean Gautier (Columbia University), Dr. Dipanjan Chowdhury (Dana Farber Cancer Institute), Dr. Jingsong Yuan (Columbia University), Dr. Lorraine Symington (Columbia University), Dr. Zhenkun Lou (Mayo Clinic), Dr. Nima Mosammaparast (Washington University at St. Louis), Dr. Robert A. Hromas (University of Florida), Dr. Eli Rothenberg (New York University), Dr. Yinsheng Wang (University of California Riverside), Dr. Mark J. O’Connor (AstraZeneca), Dr. Akihiro Ohashi (Takeda), Dr. Giulio Draetta (MD Anderson Cancer Center), Dr. Lauren Byers (MD Anderson Cancer Center), Dr. Laura Butler (Atrin Pharmaceuticals), Dr. Philip Hinds (Tufts University), Dr. Elizabeth Swisher (University of Washington), Dr. Yi Fan (University of Pennsylvania), Dr. Shridar Ganesan (Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey), Dr. Guang Peng (MD Anderson Cancer Center), Dr. Mien-Chie Hung (MD Anderson Cancer Center), Dr. Michelle Barton (MD Anderson Cancer Center), Sudhakar Jha (Cancer Science Institute of Singapore), Dr. Brendan Price (Dana Farber Cancer Institute), Dr. David Yu (Emory University), Dr. Jac A. Nickoloff (Colorado State University), Dr. Jos Jonkers (Netherlands Cancer Institute), Dr. Kyungjae Myung (Institute of Basic Sciences, Korea), Dr. Richard Pomerantz (Temple University), Dr. Chuan-Yuan Li (Duke University), Dr. Reuben Harris (University of Minnesota), Dr. Matthew Weitzman (Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia), Dr. Katharina Schlacher (MD Anderson Cancer Center), Dr. Ranjit Bindra (Yale School of Medicine), Dr. Daniel Durocher (Lunenfeld-Tanenbarum Research Institute), Dr. Chris Bakkenist (University of Pittsburgh), Dr. Yves Pommier (NIH/NCI), Dr. Fen Xia (University of Arkansas for Medical Science), and Dr. Eric Hendrickson (University of Minnesota).     

The conference emphasized on several ongoing and new areas in the field of DNA damage response, which include: 1) mechanisms underlying DNA repair choice, 2) new signaling molecules and pathways involved in DNA damage response, 3) novel technologies and approaches for studying DNA repair processes, 4) translesion DNA synthesis, 5) APOBEC family proteins in mutagenesis and cancer evolution, 5) conflict of transcription and DNA replication, 6) synthetic lethality approaches for the identification of new agents that target DNA repair defects and pathways. Several additional areas covered by this conference are: a) stem cell biology, b) epigenetic and chromatin regulations, c) oncogenic signaling pathways, d) oncometabolites, e) immune checkpoints. These new topics reflect the expansion of the field, which goes way beyond DNA repair and cell cycle checkpoint control. The industry presentations focused on the newly developed ATR, WEE1, and CDC7 inhibitors in clinical trials and the potential combinatory therapies using these checkpoint and cell cycle inhibitors. Several physician scientists discussed the results, promises, and challenges of using these checkpoint and other DNA repair inhibitors for the clinical management of cancer patients.

The conference was highly interactive, with extensive discussions at the Q&A and poster sessions.  New ideas and collaborations were established. More importantly, besides large pharmaceutical companies such as AstraZeneca and Takeda, small companies like Atrin were also present at the meeting. In addition, there were discussions about new companies formed that focus on developing checkpoint and DNA repair inhibitors. Thus, with the expansion of the field and novel compounds that target various DNA repair and other pathways that may come on board in the near future, we anticipate that the next conference will bring together leaders from several disciplines and accelerate the development of new agents for cancer treatment.  _____________________________________

The meeting was expertly organized and supported by Fusion Conferences, Ltd.  The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center generously and enthusiastically supported the meeting in many ways and the generous support of Pfizer and Genomic Vision is also gratefully appreciated.

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2nd Exploring DNA Repair Pathways as Targets for Cancer Therapy Conference

Target DNA repair for Cancer Therapy


27 Feb 2017 - 02 Mar 2017

Cancun, Mexico

Chairs

Helen Piwnica-Worms
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Junjie Chen
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Synopsis

Defect in DNA damage repair and checkpoint control is the underlying mechanism for tumorigenesis, since it allows theaccumulation of multiple genetic alternations, which are essential for the initiation of tumorigenesis. This has been clearly illustrated to be the cause of several human cancer-prone syndromes and also revealed by recent human genome studies. On the other hand, defective DNA repair and checkpoint activation also make cancer cells more vulnerable for particular DNA damaging agents or inhibitors that specifically disrupt some of these checkpoint pathways. With the increasing understanding of defects in DNA repair and checkpoint control in tumorigenesis, there are extensive interests in exploring these deficiencies, especially taking advantage of the synthetic lethality concept and targeting particular DNA repair and checkpoint pathways for cancer therapy. The purpose of this conference is to bring together basic, translational and clinical investigators and discuss the current and future directions, opportunities and obstacles in the development of these anti-cancer modalities and how to best apply these concepts in clinical practice.

Key Sessions

  1. Highlight recent advances in the field of DNA damage repair
  2. Identify novel targets in DNA repair and checkpoint pathways
  3. Explore the concept of synthetic lethality for cancer treatment
  4. Assess the therapeutic potential of new anti-cancer modalities
  5. Learn mechanisms of therapeutic resistance and ways to improve cancer therapy

Target Audience

This conference explores topics that should appeal to basic, translational and clinical investigators as well as clinicians ranging from academics to industry. The audience will benefit greatly from the interactions with experts in the fields of DNA damage response, drug development and clinical trials.

2017 DNA Poster Prize

The conference chairs will be awarding 3 poster prizes for the best poster display and presentation. To be in with a chance of winning, submit your poster by 08 December 2016. The winners will be selected shortly after the Poster Session and each winner will receive $250! 

Confirmed Invited Speakers

Christopher Bakkenist (University of Pittsburgh)
Michelle Barton (MD Anderson Cancer Center)
Lauren Averett Byers (MD Anderson Cancer Center)
Dipanjan Chowdhury (Dana-Farber Cancer Institute)
Karlene Cimprich (Stanford University) 
Giulio Draetta (MD Anderson Cancer Center)
Daniel Durocher (The Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute)
Yi Fan (University of Pennsylvania)
Shridar Ganesan (Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey)
Jean Gautier (Columbia University)
Reuben Harris (University of Minnesota)
Robert Hromas (University Of Florida)
Jos Jonkers (Netherlands Cancer Institute)
Chuan-Yuan Li (Duke University Medical Center)
Zhenkun Lou (Mayo Clinic)
KyungJae Myung (Institute for Basic Science)
Jac A. Nickoloff (Colorado State University)
Mark J O'Connor (AstraZeneca)
Akihiro Ohashi (Takeda)
Yves Pommier (NCI)
Brendan Price (Dana-Farber Cancer Institute)
Elizabeth Swisher (University of Washington)
Lorraine Symington (Columbia University)
Yinsheng Wang (UC Riverside) 
Matthew Weitzman (The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia)
Richard Wood (MD Anderson Cancer Center)
Fen Xia (UAMS)

 

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2nd Exploring DNA Repair Pathways as Targets for Cancer Therapy Conference

Target DNA repair for Cancer Therapy


27 Feb 2017 - 02 Mar 2017

Cancun, Mexico

Chairs

Helen Piwnica-Worms
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Junjie Chen
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Speakers

Invited Speakers

Robert Hromas

Professor and Chair, University of Florida

Lauren Byers

Assistant Professor, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Yves Pommier

Branch Chief, National Cancer Institute, NIH

Giulio Draetta

Professor, UT MD Anderson Cancer Center

Elizabeth Swisher

Professor, University of Washington

Zhenkun Lou

Professor, Mayo Clinic

Brendan Price

Professor, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Richard Wood

Professor, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Yi Fan

Assistant Professor, University of Pennsylvania

Michelle Barton

Dean, UT MD Anderson Cancer Center

Jean Gautier

Professor, Columbia University Medical Center

Akihiro Ohashi

Group Head, Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited

Guang Peng

Assistant Professor, MD Anderson Cancer Center

Matthew Weitzman

Associate Professor, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Chuan-Yuan Li

Professor, Duke University Medical Center

Mien-Chie Hung

Vice President for Basic Research, MD Anderson Cancer Center

Yinsheng Wang

Professor, University of California Riverside

Jos Jonkers

Division Head, Netherlands Cancer Institute

Philip Hinds

Professor and Chair, Tufts University School of Medicine

Kyungjae Myung

Director, Institute of Basic Science

Ranjit Bindra

Associate Professor, Yale Medical School

Christopher Bakkenist

Associate Professor, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Eric Hendrickson

Professor, University of Minnesota

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2nd Exploring DNA Repair Pathways as Targets for Cancer Therapy Conference

Target DNA repair for Cancer Therapy


27 Feb 2017 - 02 Mar 2017

Cancun, Mexico

Chairs

Helen Piwnica-Worms
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Junjie Chen
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Programme

MONDAY 27TH FEBRUARY 2017

14:00 – 14:45

Registration & Reception

14:00 – 14:45

Welcome Lunch
*Kalmia Buffet Restaurant*

14:45 – 15:00

Opening Comments

MECHANISMS OF GENOME MAINTENANCE
Session Chairs: Eli Rothenberg and Dipanjan Chowdhury

15:00 – 15:30

Karlene Cimprich
Stanford University

WHEN RNA MEETS DNA: DANGEROUS LIAISONS IN THE GENOME

15:30 – 16:00

Jean Gautier
Columbia University

MOVING DNA DOUBLE-STRAND BREAKS

16:00 – 16:30

Dipanjan Chowdhury
Dana Farber Cancer Institute

TIRR MASKS THE HISTONE METHYL-LYSINE BINDING FUNCTION OF 53BP1 TO REGULATE ITS ACTIVITY

16:30 – 17:00

Jingsong Yuan
Columbia University

RPA-BINDING PROTEIN ETAA1 PARTICIPATES IN THE ACTIVATION OF ATR SIGNALING PATHWAY IN RESPONSE TO DNA REPLICATION STRESS

17:00 – 17:30

Lorraine Symington
Columbia University

DNA END RESECTION AND REPAIR PATHWAY CHOICE

17:30 – 18:00

Refreshments

18:00 – 18:30

Zhenkun Lou
Mayo Clinic

UFMYLATION SIGNALLING IN THE DNA DAMAGE RESPONSE

18:30 – 18:45

Nima Mosammaparast

Washington University in St. Louis

A UBIQUITIN-DEPENDENT SIGNALING AXIS SPECIFIC FOR ALKYLATION DAMAGE REPAIR

18:45 – 19:00

Wei Zhang
University of Toronto

SELECTIVE MODULATION OF HUMAN E3 LIGASES AND DEUBIQUITINASES FOR CANCER THERAPY BY ENGINEERED UBIQUITIN VARIANTS

19:00 – 19:30

Robert A Hromas
University of Florida

THE ENDONUCLEASE EEPD1 IS A GATEKEEPER FOR 5’ END RESECTION FOR HOMOLOGOUS RECOMBINATION AND RESCUE OF STRESSED REPLICATION FORKS

19:30 – 19:45

Eli Rothenberg

New York University School of Medicine

SPATIOTEMPORAL DYNAMICS OF THE INTERNAL ORGANIZATION OF INDIVIDUAL DSB REPAIR FOCI

19:45 – 20:15

Yinsheng Wang

UC Riverside

POST-TRANSLATIONAL REGULATIONS OF REPAIR OF INTERSTRAND CROSS-LINK LESIONS AND DNA DOUBLE-STRAND BREAKS

20:15

Dinner at Leisure

TUESDAY 28TH FEBRUARY 2017

07:00 – 08:30

Breakfast

*Kalmia Buffet Restaurant*

EMERGING CONCEPTS IN TARGETED THERAPIES
Session Chairs: Lauren Byers and Giulio Draetta

08:30 – 09:00

Mark J OConnor
AstraZeneca

EXPLOITING CANCER REPLICATION STRESS USING PHARMACOLOGICAL INHIBITORS OF ATR AND WEE1

09:00– 09:30

Akihiro Ohashi

Takeda

A NOVEL CDC7-SELECTIVE INHIBITOR TAK-931 WITH POTENT ANTITUMOR ACTIVITY

09:30 – 10:00

Giulio Draetta
MD Anderson Cancer Center

CRITICAL VULNERABILITIES OF PANCREATIC CANCER CELL SUBPOPULATIONS

 

10:00 – 10:45

Refreshments & Group Photo

10:45 – 11:15

Lauren Averett Byers
MD Anderson Cancer Center

TARGETING DNA DAMAGE RESPONSE (DDR) FOR THE TREATMENT OF LUNG CANCER

 

11:15 – 11:30

Laura Butler
Atrin Pharmaceuticals 

POTENT AND SELECTIVE ATR INHIBITORS FOR THE TREATMENT OF HOMOLOGOUS-RECOMBINATION DEFICIENT AND PARPi-RESISTANT CANCERS

11:30 – 12:00

Philip Hinds
Tufts University School of Medicine

TARGETING SENESCENCE AS A TUMOR PROMOTER IN CELLS WITH DEFECTIVE DDR OR REPLICATION STRESS

12:00 – 12:15

Naoaki Fujii
St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital

 

DISCOVERY OF SMALL MOLECULE INHIBITORS TARGETING THE TRANSLESION DNA SYNTHESIS MACHINERY

12:15 – 16:15

Lunch at Leisure & Free Time

CLINICAL EXPLORATION OF DEFECTS IN DNA DAMAGE CHECKPOINT AND DNA REPAIR
Session Chairs: Guang Peng and Shridar Ganesan

16:15 – 16:45

Elizabeth Swisher
University of Washington

DNA THERAPIES FOR OVARIAN CANCER AND PREDICTORS OF RESPONSE AND RESISTANCE

16:45 – 17:15

Yi Fan

University of Pennsylvania

DNA-PK-MEDIATED THERAPY RESISTANCE IN CANCER STEM CELLS

17:15 – 17:45

Shridar Ganesan
Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey

PROTEIN (LYSINE) METHYLTRANSFERASES G9A AND GLP1 PROMOTE RESPONSES TO DNA DAMAGE

17:45 – 18:15

Guang Peng
MD Anderson Cancer Center

 

DYSFUNCTIONAL UBIQUITINATION PROCESS GENERATES A THERAPEUTIC VULNERABILITY IN ARID1A-DEFICIENT CANCERS FOR DNA DAMAGE CHECKPOINT INHIBITORS

18:15 – 18:45

Mien-Chie Hung
MD Anderson Cancer Center

MARKER-GUIDED COMBINATION THERAPY WITH PARP INHIBITORS

18:45 – 19:30

Poster Session & Refreshments

19:30

Dinner at Leisure

WEDNESDAY 1ST MARCH 2017

07:00 – 08:30

Breakfast

*Kalmia Buffet Restaurant*

CHROMATIN BIOLOGY AND DNA DAMAGE RESPONSE
Session Chairs: David Yu and Brendan Price

08:30 – 09:00

Michelle Barton
MD Anderson Cancer Center

TRIM24: AN INTERSECTION BETWEEN P53 REGULATION AND EPIGENETIC FUNCTION

09:00 – 09:15

Sudhakar Jha
Cancer Science Institute of Singapore

ROLE OF RVBS IN MAINTAINING TIP60.COM’S OPTIMAL ACTIVITY FOR DNA DAMAGE RESPONSE

09:15 – 09:45

Brendan Price
Dana Farber Cancer Institute

CHROMATIN DYNAMICS, EPIGENETICS AND THE REPAIR OF DNA BREAKS

09:45 – 10:15

Refreshments

10:15 – 10:30

David Yu
Emory University School of Medicine

EXPLOITING A NOVEL ROLE FOR SAMHD1 IN DNA END RESECTION FOR DISCRIMINATING RADIATION VS CHEMOTHERAPY RESISTANCE FOR PERSONALIZING CANCER THERAPY

10:30 – 11:00

Jac A. Nickoloff
Colorado State University

NUCLEASES AND SIGNALING PATHWAYS IN REPLICATION STRESS RESPONSES

11:00 – 11:30

Jos Jonkers
Netherlands Cancer Institute

GENETIC DISSECTION OF TUMOR DEVELOPMENT, THERAPY RESPONSE AND RESISTANCE IN MOUSE MODELS OF BRCA-DEFICIENT BREAST CANCER

11:30 – 12:00

Kyungjae Myung
Institute of Basic Science

A NOVEL CHEMOTHERAPEUTIC AGENT TO TREAT TUMORS WITH DNA MISMATCH REPAIR DEFICIENCIES

12:00 – 16:15

Lunch at Leisure & Free Time

ARISING TOPICS IN GENOME MAINTENANCE
Session Chairs: Matthew Weitzman and Chuan-Yuan Li

16:15 – 16:45

Richard Wood
MD Anderson Cancer Center

DNA POLYMERASES WITH DISTINCT MECHANISMS FOR MAINTAINING CHROMOSOME STABILITY

 

16:45 – 17:00

Richard Pomerantz
Temple University

DNA POLYMERASE Θ SPECIALIZES IN INCORPORATING SYNTHETIC EXPANDED-SIZE (XDNA) NUCLEOTIDES

17:00 – 17:30

Daniel Durocher
Lunenfeld-Tanenbarum Research Institute

PROSPECTIVE IDENTIFICATION OF VULNERABILITIES TO DNA REPAIR INHIBITORS

17:30 – 18:00

Reuben Harris
University of Minnesota

MUTAGENESIS BY APOBEC3 ENZYMES IN CANCER

18:00 – 18:30

Matthew Weitzman
Childrens Hospital of Philadelphia

APOBEC3A SENSITIZES CANCER CELLS TO CHECKPOINT INHIBITORS

18:30 – 18:45

Katharina Schlacher
MD Anderson Cancer Center

TP53 PROMOTES GENOMIC STABILITY AND REPLICATION PATHWAY HOMEOSTASIS BY EPIGENETICS-ENABLED MRE11 REPLICATION RESTART

18:45 – 19:00

Ranjit Bindra
Yale School of Medicine

ONCOMETABOLITES INDUCE A BRCANESS STATE THAT CAN BE EXPLOITED BY PARP INHIBITORS

19:00 – 20:00

Poster Session & Refreshments

20:15

*Gala Dinner & Poster Awards*

THURSDAY 2ND MARCH 2017

07:00 – 08:30

Breakfast

*Kalmia Buffet Restaurant*

DEVELOPING IDEAS IN CANCER TREATMENT
Session Chair: Yi Fan

08:30 – 09:00

Chuan-Yuan Li
Duke University Medical Center

DNA DOUBLE STRAND BREAKS INDUCED BY SUBLETHAL ACTIVATION OF APOPTOTIC CASPASES AND THEIR ROLES IN CARCINOGENESIS AND TUMOUR GROWTH

09:00 – 09:30

Chris Bakkenist

University of Pittsburg

DNA DAMAGE SIGNALING TO IMMUNE CHECKPOINTS

09:30 – 10:00

Yves Pommier
NIH/NCI

TOPOISOMERASE CLEAVAGE COMPLEXES AND GENOMIC STABILITY

10:00 – 10:30

Refreshments

10:30 – 11:00

Fen Xia
UAMS

IONIZING RADIATION-INDUCED SYNTHETIC LETHALITY OF PARP INHIBITION IN BRCA1-PROFICIENT CANCER CELLS DEPENDS ON P53

11:00 – 11:30

Eric A. Hendrickson
University of Minnesota

THE ROLES OF DNA LIGASES IN CHROMOSOMAL TRANSLOCATIONS AND TELOMERE FUSIONS

11:30 – 11:45

Olimpia Alessandra Buoninfante
NKI-AVL

A NOVEL SYNTHETIC LETHALITY IN THE DDT NETWORK: STRATEGIES FOR PRECISION CANCER THERAPY

11:45 – 12:00

Closing Comments


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2nd Exploring DNA Repair Pathways as Targets for Cancer Therapy Conference

Target DNA repair for Cancer Therapy


27 Feb 2017 - 02 Mar 2017

Cancun, Mexico

Chairs

Helen Piwnica-Worms
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Junjie Chen
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Prices

Early Bird Full Price Additional Adult Additional Child Extra Night Adult Extra Night Child
Academic $1533 $1633 $666 $284 $278 $71
Industry $1533 $1633 $666 $284 $278 $71
Student $1236 $1336 $666 $284 $278 $71

All registration fees include 3 nights accomodation and meals during the conference period. Exact inclusions are detailed below.

Accompanying child fees and extra night child fees are applicable for children aged 5-12 years of age. Children aged 13 years and older are classified as an adult at this venue (Fiesta Americana Condesa). 

What's Included in our Registration Fees?

The Fiesta Americana Condesa, Cancun offers a 24hour all inclusive service. Our registration and additional adult/child fees are inclusive of the following;

- Accommodation for 3 Nights (27, 28 February, 01 March 2017).
- Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner – available at all restaurants according to operational hours or programmed events.
- International Bar available by the glass in restaurants and bars according to operational hours.
- Pool snacks and International Bar available by the glass at Pool Area.
- Minibar including: soft drinks, domestic beer, bottled water and coffee. Refreshed daily.
- 24 Hour Room Service.
- In Room amenity – Bottle of wine, per room, per stay.
- Gala Night Entry (includes an open bar).
- Complimentary WI-FI throughout the hotel.

Additional nights (per person) are inclusive of the following;

- Accommodation for 1 Night
- Lunch on day of arrival
- Dinner on day of arrival
- Breakfast on day of departure
- International bar available by the glass in restaurants and bars from lunch on day of arrival until breakfast on day of departure

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2nd Exploring DNA Repair Pathways as Targets for Cancer Therapy Conference

Target DNA repair for Cancer Therapy


27 Feb 2017 - 02 Mar 2017

Cancun, Mexico

Chairs

Helen Piwnica-Worms
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Junjie Chen
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

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2nd Exploring DNA Repair Pathways as Targets for Cancer Therapy Conference

Target DNA repair for Cancer Therapy


27 Feb 2017 - 02 Mar 2017

Cancun, Mexico

Chairs

Helen Piwnica-Worms
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Junjie Chen
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Venue

Fiesta Americana Condesa

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Fiesta Americana Condesa, Blvd.Kukulkán km 16.5 Zona Hotelera, Cancun, 77500 Mexico
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This stylish hotel features contemporary Mexican architecture, including one of the largest and most impressive thatched-roof "palapas" in the entire country. There are cultural activities, arts and crafts and sports programs to keep you constantly entertained, plus time to relax and enjoy the Mayan culture, soak up the Caribbean sunshine and revel in the international ambiance that settles in after the sun goes down.

Throughout your stay delegates will enjoy a full meal plan, inclusive of beverages. Take your pick from the aromatic Asian delights at Kaumbu, traditional fare at El Mexicano, delicious international cuisine at Kalmia Buffet or perhaps sample the sumptuous Italian dishes at Rosato. There are also several other dining opportunities such as the Cevichería, Pizzeria, Sushi Corner, pool and lounge bar areas. The Gala Night with either a Mayan or Caribbean theme takes place on the third evening of the conference with a mouth-watering feast of local cuisine, an open bar and amazing local entertainment.  We welcome all delegates and their accompanying persons to the Gala Night – a truly fun filled night not to be missed!

Hotel Facilities

  • Lagoon Pool
  • Extensive Health Club and Spa
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi in guest rooms and throughout hotel and conference areas

The Fiesta Americana Condesa, Cancun is the 2015 Winner of the Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence and also received the Travellers Choice Award in 2014. 

The remains of ancient Mayan cities are scattered throughout the Yucatan Peninsula and no trip to Cancun would be complete without a visit to these majestic temples and pyramids set amongst lush tropical vegetation. We will be working very closely with a reputable tour company who will be organising trips to Tulum, Chichen Itza, Coba and Xcaret  to name a few, some of which may require a full day. Full day excursions will be arranged pre or post conference and may be on an individual or group booking so we would recommend booking extra nights to extend your stay as early as possible to avoid disappointment should these excursions be of interest to you and/or your party. For further information please contact us.

Location

Cancun is a delightful combination of natural beauty, islands, ecological reserves and white sandy beaches. However, besides sun, sand and sea, this destination also offers an infinite variety of underwater activities to choose from: the diving, snorkelling and fishing here are outstanding and you will find an undersea world packed with tropical fish that live on the second largest barrier reef in the world. Sports enthusiasts might choose one of the many eco-tourism activities, such as cycling or hiking through the tropical forest or kayaking through mangroves, or something a little more adventuresome, like zip lining through the treetops.

Apart from the more well-known ancient Mayan archealogical sites such as Tulum, Cobá and Chichén Itzá you may like to visit the Aktun Chen caverns, voted one of the Top 10 underwater walks by National Geographic described as a truly magical experience.

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2nd Exploring DNA Repair Pathways as Targets for Cancer Therapy Conference

Target DNA repair for Cancer Therapy


27 Feb 2017 - 02 Mar 2017

Cancun, Mexico

Chairs

Helen Piwnica-Worms
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Junjie Chen
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Transportation

Cancun International airport is just a short 20 minute journey from the Fiesta Americana Condesa and is easily accessible from almost every country in the world with many major international airlines providing direct or interconnecting flights on a daily basis.

Airport Transfers

Mayan Sky are a reputable and trustworthy DMC based in Cancun. The Mayan Sky team will be on hand to provide a seamless transfer service to and from Cancun International Airport. Mayan Sky will manage and confirm all transportation bookings. To arrange transportation please contact Mayan Sky directly via email, phone or the online booking facility (see links below).

Shuttle Transportation Reservations: http://www.mayansky.com/index.php?fusionconferences2

Private Transportation Reservations: http://www.mayansky.com/index.php?fusionconferences

Conference Shuttle Service

Mayan Sky have arranged a conference shuttle service which will run at scheduled times surrounding our conferences. The conference shuttle schedule can be found below.

Arrivals (Cancun Airport to the Fiesta Americana Condesa)
12:00, 14:00, 15:00, 18:00 and 19:00 hours.

Feb: 20th, 21st, 23rd, 24th, 26th, 27th
Mar: 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th, 7th, 8th, 10th, 11th, 13th, 14th, 16th, 17th, 19th, 20th

Departures (Fiesta Americana Condesa to Cancun Airport)
12:00, 13:00, 14:00, 15:00 and 18:00 hours.

Feb: 24th, 27th
Mar: 2nd, 5th, 8th, 11th, 14th, 17th, 20th, 23rd

$25 per person, each way (includes taxes)

Please allow at least 45minutes from your flight landing time to the shuttle departure time. In the event of any delays or cancellations, please ensure you contact Mayan Sky at least 24hours in advance; if Mayan Sky are not informed within 24hours full cancellation charges will apply (Not notified of flight cancellation: 100% penalty charge, No-Shows: 100% penalty charge).

Upon arrival at the airport, please exit the terminal building and look for ‘Fusion Conferences’ signage where a member of the Mayan Sky team will greet you and escort you to the group transportation.

Please contact Mayan Sky directly to enquire or make a booking. Please direct enquiries to:

David Garcia (Sales, Groups & Marketing Manager)
Telephone: 521 (998) 301 51 58
Email: gventas@mayanskydmc.com

Shuttle Transportation Reservations: http://www.mayansky.com/index.php?fusionconferences2

Private Transportation

Mayan Sky also offer a private transfer service for those travelling outside of the available shuttle dates/times mentioned above. The private transfer service vehicles can accommodate a maximum of 10 persons, plus luggage.

Private Transportation prices to and from Cancun International Airport and to and from the Fiesta Americana Condesa hotel are as follows: 

Unit for 1 or 2 Passengers $40 (one way) / $68 (round trip)
Unit for 3 Passengers $45 (one way) / $75 (round trip)
Unit for 4 Passengers $52 (one way) / $79 (round trip)
Unit for 5 to 10 Passengers $58 (one way) / $90 (round trip)

In the event of any delays or cancellations, please ensure you contact Mayan Sky at least 24hours in advance; if Mayan Sky are not informed within 24hours full cancellation charges will apply (Not notified of flight cancellation: 100% penalty charge, No-Shows: 100% penalty charge).

Upon arrival at the airport, please exit the terminal building and look for ‘Fusion Conferences’ signage where a member of the Mayan Sky team will greet you and escort you to the group transportation.

Please contact Mayan Sky directly to enquire or make a booking. Please direct enquiries to:

David Garcia (Sales, Groups & Marketing Manager)
Telephone: 521 (998) 301 51 58
Email: gventas@mayanskydmc.com

Private Transportation Reservations: http://www.mayansky.com/index.php?fusionconferences

** Please note that Fusion Conferences is not responsible for any bookings made with Mayan Sky as transportation is not included within the registration package **

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2nd Exploring DNA Repair Pathways as Targets for Cancer Therapy Conference

Target DNA repair for Cancer Therapy


27 Feb 2017 - 02 Mar 2017

Cancun, Mexico

Chairs

Helen Piwnica-Worms
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Junjie Chen
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Local Activities

Half Day Activities 

Mayan Sky are a reputable and reliable company offering a variety of fascinating trips and excursions. If you wish to make a booking prior to your arrival, please contact David Garcia at Mayan Sky. If you wish to make a booking onsite at the hotel, please approach the Mayan Sky hospitality desk which will be located alongside the Fusion registration desk. 

Please direct enquiries to:
David Garcia (Sales, Groups & Marketing Manager)
Telephone: 521 (998) 301 51 58
Email: gventas@mayanskydmc.com

Our half day tours can be booked during the conference period between the available free times scheduled in the programme. The half day tours are available to both individual and group bookings.

The following activities are available at Aquaworld which is based in the Marina directly opposite the Fiesta Americana Condesa hotel and on the beach, therefore no transportation is necessary.

Aquatwister

Experience Aquaworld’s ultimate tour adventure on board a high speed jet boat ride, Aquatwister. This is a roller coaster of manoeuvres orchestrated by a highly skilled captain and drivers on board and provides an amazing combination of nature, emotion, fun and adrenaline in one adventure.
Duration: 30 minutes 

Sky Rider

Live this exciting experience flying in couples above the Caribbean Sea and experience an amazing aerial view.
Duration: 30-40 minutes includes 10 minute flying time at an altitude of 100mtrs

Jungle Tour

The Jungle Tour is considered one of the most popular tours in Cancun. You will enjoy speeding through the dense mangrove channels of the Nichupte Lagoon before snorkelling in the second largest reef barrier in the World.
Duration: 2:15 hrs

Wave Runner

Drive and Speed on board a Yamaha VX 1100 across the Caribbean Sea.
Duration: 30 minutes or 1 hr

Sub See

An extraordinary way to admire the marine life and the reef’s ecosystem without getting wet! Be part of this unique adventure on board The Sub See Explorer, a glass bottom boat from where you will be able to watch the multi-coloured species of the Scorpion´s coral reef.
Duration: 2 hrs. 

Fly Board

The Flyboard is the latest craze in water sports sweeping the world, and now you can try it for yourself. Using water jet propulsion from specially designed boot pads, the personal water craft forces water out under extreme pressure sending you soaring into the air to heights of about 5-7 metres.

Full Day Activities

If you wish to make a booking prior to your arrival, please contact David Garcia at Mayan Sky. If you wish to make a booking onsite at the hotel, please approach the Mayan Sky hospitality desk which will be located alongside the Fusion registration desk. 

Please direct enquiries to:
David Garcia (Sales, Groups & Marketing Manager)
Telephone: 521 (998) 301 51 58
Email: gventas@mayanskydmc.com

Our full day tours are offered pre and post conference dates. If you require any additional nights at the Fiesta Americana Condesa due to a full day excursion, please ensure you book these in advance to avoid disappointment (through Fusion). The full days tours are available to both individual and group bookings.

Selvatica Extreme Canopy Tour

Over 250 acres of Tropical Jungle, in Selvatica you will be able to experience a unique adventure on the longest zip-line circuit in North America, recognized by Travel & Leisure magazine as one of the 35 great adventures in the World, divided into 12 zip lines varying in lengths and heights from 270 ft. to over 2,000 ft, it will make you fly over the jungle. Then take a ride on a military vehicle through the jungle to get to the natural cenote. With crystal and pristine waters you will be able to swim choosing between a water zip line or the diving platform. Live this unique and exciting adventure and feel the emotion and adrenaline running through your body.

Chichen Itza 

Chichen Itza which means “at the mouth of the well of Itza “, is the 2nd most visited archeological site of Mexico today. The Kukulkan Pyramid in Chichen-Itza which known as “El Castillo” (the castle), is one of the new seven wonders of the world elected in 07.07.2007.

Rio Secreto

Rio Secreto is an incredible underground nature reserve on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. Located in the Riviera Maya 3 miles southwest of Playa del Carmen, Rio Secreto is a system of caves carved out over the course of several centuries by an underground river. Stretching approximately 8 miles, with 15 natural outlets, it’s the longest partially flooded cave on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. But what makes Rio Secreto unique is the fact that it’s semi-sunken, which means that you can hike or float through most of it.

Xcaret

Your admission to Xcaret Park allows you to enjoy a natural paradise in Cancun and Riviera Maya, with access to over 40 attractions and activities. We invite you to enjoy a whole day of fun and to assist to cultural events such as the Ritual Ceremony of the Voladores de Papantla, the Mayan Ball Game and the show Xcaret Mexico Espectacular. Dare to live Mexico in Xcaret!

Sail & Snorkel

Enjoy a spectacular day on the crystal clear waters. Sailing from Cancun to Isla Mujeres on board a sailboat. Explore the breath-taking sites of Isla Mujeres one of the wonderful reef in the Caribbean. Join us for a full day of adventure in the most beautiful sea around the world.

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2nd Exploring DNA Repair Pathways as Targets for Cancer Therapy Conference

Target DNA repair for Cancer Therapy


27 Feb 2017 - 02 Mar 2017

Cancun, Mexico

Chairs

Helen Piwnica-Worms
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Junjie Chen
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Group Activities

We have arranged two exciting group activities for the 2017 DNA Repair participants. Please find the details, timings and prices for the activities below. One activity is scheduled during conference free time and the second for the day after the meeting.
This is a great opportunity to socialise with fellow colleagues outside of the conference whilst taking in the beautiful natural sights of Cancun.

Snorkel Trip- Tuesday 28th February 2017

Departing from Aquaworld marina we take you on a motor boat to "El Meco" marine park. Here you adorn your snorkel gear and you’re ready to take the plunge and snorkel in the crystal clear turquoise waters.

The price per person is $42 USD.

+ $10 USD Marine park/dock fee (to be paid to Aquaworld)
Includes; private boat, snorkel equipment, snorkel guide, 45 minutes for snorkel tour in "El Meco" marine park,  water, soda and beers.

Itinerary for Tues 28th Feb 2017:
Walk to Aquaworld from hotel- 10/15 minutes (across the road from the hotel)
13:30 – 14:10 Private boat to "El Meco" marine park
14:10 – 14:55 Snorkel tour (45 minutes)
14:55 – 15:35 Private boat return to Aquaworld

*Minimum of 10 people required*

Please note that sign-ups and payment for the trip will need to be made during conference registration at the Mayan Sky Hospitality desk. We will be booking the trip immediately after conference registration.

Mayan Sky will accept both cash and card payments. Please note a surcharge will be added for payments made using card (5% for VISA or Master Card and 6% for AMEX). This is a non-refundable fee should you later change your mind and decide not to participate in the trip.

Chichen Itzá Group Tour – Friday 3rd March 2017

Discover the essence of the Mayan culture by visiting one of the 7 New Wonders of the World. The visit of Chichen Itza includes a guided tour of 3 hours with time to take pictures. At the end of the tour we go to the restaurant for buffet lunch, followed by the visit of a cenote where people have the possibility to go for a swim.
In addition, when returning to Cancun, we can enjoy a panoramic visit to Valladolid, an ancient Colonial City.

Price: $150 per person

Includes; an air conditioned vehicle, parking, highway fee and tips, entrance/guided tour in the Chichen Itzá archaeological site, entrance and swimming in the Cenote, , visit to Valladolid Colonial City, water, buffet lunch (not including drinks) and a certified Federal Guide.

Itinerary for Friday 3rd Mar 2017:
07:00 – 09:30 Trip to Chichen Itzá.
09:40 – 12:40 Tour in Chichen Itzá.
12:50 – 13:00 Trip to Cenote.
13:00 – 14:00 Time in Cenote.
14:10 – 14:20 Transfer to Restaurant.
14:20 – 15:20 Buffet lunch.
15:30 – 16:10 Trip to Valladolid.
16:10 – 17:00 Time in Valladolid.
17:10 – 19:40 Trip to Cancun Hotel Zone.

*Minimum of 8 people required*

Please note that sign-ups and payment for the trip will need to be made during conference registration at the Mayan Sky Hospitality desk. We will be booking the trip immediately after conference registration.

Mayan Sky will accept both cash and card payments. Please note a surcharge will be added for payments made using card (5% for VISA or Master Card and 6% for AMEX). This is a non-refundable fee should you later change your mind and decide not to participate in the tour.

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2nd Exploring DNA Repair Pathways as Targets for Cancer Therapy Conference

Target DNA repair for Cancer Therapy


27 Feb 2017 - 02 Mar 2017

Cancun, Mexico

Chairs

Helen Piwnica-Worms
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Junjie Chen
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Childcare

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2nd Exploring DNA Repair Pathways as Targets for Cancer Therapy Conference

Target DNA repair for Cancer Therapy


27 Feb 2017 - 02 Mar 2017

Cancun, Mexico

Chairs

Helen Piwnica-Worms
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Junjie Chen
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Oral Presenters

We have a number of oral opportunities available at this meeting. To be considered for a talk, please register for the conference and you will be able to submit your abstract online and monitor the status of your abstract through your Fusion account. Please use the abstract template provided and ensure your abstract is no longer than one page in length. Any abstracts exceeding this size may be cut short during print.

Please take note of the oral submission deadline: 23 September 2016.

Please check the conference programme carefully to note your presentation time (inclusive of Q&A) should you be accepted for an oral presentation. We recommend you check our website regularly as the conference approaches. Regular programme updates will be released under the ‘Programme’ tab on the conference page.

Your Presentation on the Day

If you have prepared some slides to accompanying your talk please ensure you bring these with you on a USB or portable file saving device.

For those presenting on the first day, please email your slides to us so we can have everything prepared and ready for the first session. Please email your slides to: admin@fusion-conferences.com

On the day of your presentation please make yourself known to the AV team who will be available in the conference room. If you have any animations or videos we do advise to run through the presentation with the AV tech to make sure everything is compatible. We also advise that all speakers make themselves known to the AV tech in the conference room immediately before your session beings. The AV tech will apply your microphone and provide a laser pointer should you have an accompanying presentation. We prefer speakers to use our master laptop to run presentations from, however, if you prefer to use your own laptop, please notify us in advance.

It is important that all speakers adhere to their presentation time and respect their fellow presenters. A visual traffic light aide will be available to warn presenters and the audience as your time decreases.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to approach our AV tech or a member of the Fusion team.

Helpful Tips for Presentation Slides

Aspect Ratio: On Screen Show (16:9) and in Landscape Orientation.
Font Size: Minimum font size used should be 24pt. 
File Type: Please safe your presentation in PPT or PPTS format. 
Video Clips: Please save these separately and do not build them into the PowerPoint. Videos will be played via the AV control desk using the master laptop.

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2nd Exploring DNA Repair Pathways as Targets for Cancer Therapy Conference

Target DNA repair for Cancer Therapy


27 Feb 2017 - 02 Mar 2017

Cancun, Mexico

Chairs

Helen Piwnica-Worms
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Junjie Chen
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Posters

We have a number of poster opportunities available at this meeting. To be considered for a poster presentation, please register for the conference and you will be able to submit your abstract online and monitor the status of your abstract through your Fusion account. Please use the abstract template provided and ensure your abstract is no longer than one page in length. Any abstracts exceeding this size may be cut short during print.

Please take note of the poster submission deadline: 08 December 2016

Our poster boards can accommodate a maximum poster size of A0 (1189H x 841W mm), portrait in orientation. Posters exceeding this size may not fit on the poster boards provided and therefore we may be unable to display your poster, so please kindly keep to these measurements.

Displaying & Presenting Your Poster

During conference registration if you are presenting a poster please request a poster number from the registration desk. Please do not put up your poster without notifying a member of the Fusion team. Certain adhesive agents are not permitted at some venues therefore; Fusion will be the sole provider of all poster fixings.

You can display your poster from registration. Your poster can remain on display for the entire duration of the conference and we ask that posters are taken down on the final day of the meeting. The poster session is usually scheduled on Day 3, but please check the official programme for exact timings. Refreshments will be provided and the poster prizes will be awarded during the conference Gala Night that evening. 

2017 DNA Poster Prize

The conference chairs will be awarding 3 poster prizes for the best poster display and presentation. To be in with a chance of winning, submit your poster by 08 December 2016. The three winners will be awarded $250 each at the gala dinner! 

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2nd Exploring DNA Repair Pathways as Targets for Cancer Therapy Conference

Target DNA repair for Cancer Therapy


27 Feb 2017 - 02 Mar 2017

Cancun, Mexico

Chairs

Helen Piwnica-Worms
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Junjie Chen
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

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