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Vancouver Autophagy Symposium 2014

September 28th and 29th, 2014 - Hosted by the CIHR Team in Investigating Autophagy Proteins as Molecular Targets for Cancer Treatment, led by Dr. Sharon Gorski.

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Monday, September 29, 2014   8:00 AM - 5:15 PM

Vancouver Autophagy Symposium 2014 
Translational Research in Autophagy: from Molecular Targets to Clinical Applications

BC Cancer Research Centre, 675 West 10th Avenue, Vancouver, B.C.

Eventbrite - Vancouver Autophagy Symposium 2014: Translational Research in Autophagy, From Molecular Targets to Clinical Applicationsor contact to register in person.

 Final Agenda (posted September 24, 2014).


Registration and Morning Coffee / Poster set up


Welcome and Introductions

Sharon Gorski

Keynote 1: Autophagy in Infection and Immunity

Dr. Vojo Deretic

University of New Mexico


Coffee Break / Networking

Main floor lunch room

Thematic Session I: Autophagy in Infection, Immunity and Inflammation – Short Talks

Chair: Julian Lum


Regulation of cardiomyocyte autophagy by adiponectin: mechanisms and functional significance

Gary Sweeney
York University


Disrupted selective autophagy during coxsackievirus infection

Junyan Shi
H.L.I., St. Paul’s Hospital

Thematic Session II: Autophagy and Cancer – Short Talks


To live or let die: the role of autophagy in regulating cell death under hypoxia

Spencer Gibson
University of Manitoba


Role of Clusterin in autophagy induction and therapy resistance

Fan Zhang
Vancouver Prostate Centre

11:45 – 12:00

Coffee Break / Networking

Main Floor Lunch Room

12:00 – 1:00

Keynote 2: Autophagy, Metabolism and Pancreatic Cancer

Dr. Alec Kimmelman

Harvard Medical School & Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

1:00 –2:30

Catered Lunch and Poster Session

Main Floor Lunch Room

Thematic Session III: Modulators of Autophagy – Short Talks

Chair: Robert Young

2:30 –3:00

Autophagy in renal cell carcinoma for a targeted therapy

Sandra Turcotte
Atlantic Cancer Research Inst.


Discovery and optimization of quinolone-based compounds towards inhibition of Atg4B autophagy activity

Damien Bosc
Simon Fraser University


Caspase cleavage of Huntingtin releases a hidden autophagy inducing domain

Dale Martin


Mutant Huntingtin resistant to cleavage at amino acid 586 preferentially binds p62 and is cleared more efficiently by autophagy

Dagmar Ehrnhoefer

3:30 – 4:15

Panel Discussion: Autophagy in disease, drug development, clinical trials, creation of a Pan-Canadian Autophagy Network

Panel: Keynote speakers

Moderator: Julian Lum

4:15 –5:15

Poster viewing/ Networking

Main Floor Lunch Room


Poster and Talk Awards, Closing Remarks

Sharon Gorski

6:00 - 9:00

Conference Dinner


Trainee Travel Award Competition: We will be awarding 2 awards to out of province trainees for reimbursement of travel expenses up to $1000. Winners will be invited to give an oral presentation.

Call for Abstracts!       Free registration for individuals presenting scientific posters and research talks.
You are invited to submit abstracts for oral or poster presentations. A limited number of abstracts   (4:00 PM) will be considered for oral presentation. Invited authors will be contacted via email by September 8th so that they can prepare a 15 - 20 minute research presentation. The deadline for is September 15th

All abstracts selected for oral and poster presentation will be published in an abstract booklet with room for notes to be given to delegates at the Symposium. There will be a cash award ($250) for the best poster and the best research talk, generously supported by the CDRD.

Abstract Guidelines:  No more than 1 page (Arial font 11, with one inch (2.5 cm) margins) including the title and author list with affiliations.  Please underline the presenting author's name.

Suggested Poster size:  4 ft x 4 ft (1.22 m x 1.22 m)


For further information contact our Organizing Committee Members:

Stephanie McInnis, Project Manager
Genome Sciences Centre, BC Cancer Agency
Phone: 604-675-8000 x 7965

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