Updated: 18/02/2018

ICMS conference 2018-Preliminary Scientific Program

Sunday, June 10, 2018


18:00-20:00: Opening session:


Opening lecture:

Isaac Witz, Israel: The Tumor and its Environment: A Love-Hate relationship


Monday, June 11, 2018


08:30-10:30: Plenary session 1: Regulatory pathways at the Tumor                                                                                      Microenvironment

8:30-9:00: John Condeelis, USA: High resolution intravital imaging of tumor cell dissemination and seeding of distant sites in invasive carcinoma


9:00-9:30: Avraham Raz, USA: Galectin-3: A marker for understanding/improving bone tumor microenvironment management

9:30-10:00: Arne Ostman, Sweden: Prognostic and response-predictive potential marker-defined tumor-stroma cell subsets

10:00-10:30: Li Luyuan, China: Oxygen-Independent Degradation of Hypoxia- Inducible Factor 1-Alpha  


10:30-11:00: coffee break, Poster viewing


11:00-13:00: Plenary session 2: Targeting the Tumor Microenvironment

11:00-11:30:  Wolf Friedman, France: Cancer and micro-environmental factors that tune T cell responses

11:30-12:00: Yuval Shaked, Israel: Host mediated effects in response to anti-cancer drugs and their clinical implications

12:00-12:30: John Delinasios, Greece: Proliferating fibroblasts against cancer cells in vitro

12:30-13:00: Christos Sotiriou, Belgium: The influence on treatment response and outcome of tumor immune microenvironment in breast cancer


13:00- 14:30: lunch


14:30-16:30: Plenary session 3: Inflammation and the tumor microenvironment

14:30-15:00: Michal Banyiash, Israel: Myeloid derived suppressor cells in the tumor microenvironment


15:00-15:30: Adit Ben Baruch, Israel: Inflammation-driven networks in the regulation of breast cancer progression

15:30-16:00: Yves De Clerck, USA: Mesenchymal Stromal Cells: Mediators of Inflammation in Cancer

16:00-16:30: Ron Apte, Israel: Microenvironment IL-1beta as a major balance between tumor-promoting inflammation and anti-tumor immunity


16:30-17:00: Coffee break, Poster viewing

17:00- 18:30: Plenary session 4: The Tumor Neuro-microenvironment

17:00-17:30: Bozena Kaminska, Poland: Identification and therapeutic targeting interactions between glioma and its microenvironment

17:30-18:00: Michael Shurin, USA: The role of tumor-neural-immune axis at the tumor microenvironment

18:00-18:30: to be selected from submitted abstracts

20:00- : Conference dinner


Tuesday, June 12, 2018

08:30-10:30: Parallel sessions: to be selected from submitted abstracts

Session 5A:

Session 5B:

Session 5C:

10:30-11:00: Coffee break, Poster viewing

11:00-13:00: Parallel sessions: to be selected from submitted abstracts

Session 6A:

Session 6B:

Session 6C:


13:00- Free afternoon, optional tours


Wednesday, June 13, 2018

08:30-10:30: Parallel sessions: to be selected from submitted abstracts

Session 7A:

Session 7B:

Session 7C:


10:30-11:00: Coffee break, Poster viewing

11:00-12:30: Parallel sessions: to be selected from submitted abstracts

Session 8A:

Session 8B:

Session 8C:


12:30-14:00: Lunch

14:00-14:30: Business Meeting

13:00-14:30: Lunch

14:30-16:30: Plenary session 9: The Metastatic Microenvironment

14:30-15:00: Achim Krueger, Munich: Nomen non est omen: Pro-metastatic signaling functions of tissue inhibitor of metalloproteinases-1 (TIMP-1)


15:00-15:30: Jonathan Sleeman, Germany: A new role for VEGF-C in metastatic conditioning of the lung

15:30-16:00: Menashe Bar-Eli, USA: A-to-I micro RNA editing and melanoma metastases

16:00-16:30: Heike Allgayer, Germany: The genomic landscape characterizing metastasis


16:30-17:00: Coffee break, Poster viewing


17:00-18:30: Plenary session 10: The immune-microenvironment of Cancer

17:00-17:30: Alberto Mantovani, Italy: IL-1R8 is a checkpoint in NK cells regulating anti-tumor and anti-viral activity

17:30-18:00: Shimon Sakaguchi, Japan: Targeting regulatory T cells in tumor microenvironment.

18:00-18:30: Ofer Mandelboim, Israel: Cancer associated bacteria protect the tumor from immune cell attack


19:00-: Farewell event

Thursday, June 14, 2018

08:30-10:30: Plenary session 11: Clinical aspects of Tumor Microenvironment Research

8:30-9:00: Luis Costa, Portugal: Targeting the microenvironment of solid tumors: Clinical achievements and challenges

9:00-9:30: Yona Keisari, Israel: Elimination of human and mouse solid malignant tumors by intra-tumoral Ra-224 loaded sources in combination with systemic chemotherapy and immunotherapy

9:30-10:00: Emiliano Calvo, Spain: Why are there no advances in the therapy of pancreatic cancer?

10:00-10:30: to be selected from submitted abstracts


10:30-11:00: Coffee break

11:00-12:00:Closing session

Poster Session – Presentation of Best Posters and Awarding of Prizes

Eitan Yefenof, Israel:  Summary and Outlook