ISCaM2016 - Metabolic Networks in Cancer - Brussels

Wednesday, 26 October 2016 to Saturday, 29 October 2016

Keynote Speakers:          

Douglas Hanahan (Lausanne University)
Pawel Swietach (Oxford University)


Invited Speakers: Patrizia Agostinis, Sofia Avnet, Peter Carmeliet, Arkaitz Carracedo, Manel Esteller, Sarah-Maria Fendt, Olivier Feron, Christian Frezza, Peter Friedl, François Fuks, Giuseppe Gasparre, Bob Gillies, Eyal Gottlieb, Marja Jäättela, Nathalie Mazure, Max Mazzone, Carine Michiels, Monica Montopoli, Simone Niclou, Silvia Pastoreková, Jacques Pouysségur, Patricia Renard, Rodrigue Rossignol, Almut Schultze

Local Organizers: Olivier Feron, Carine Michiels, Pierre Sonveaux

Cancers are characterized by a high metabolic heterogeneity allowing cancer cells to survive and proliferate in extreme microenvironmental conditions, including hypoxia, a progressive depletion of metabolic resources, and acidosis. In the recent years, a growing body of experimental and clinical evidence has been obtained suggesting that the metabolic plasticity of malignant cells plays a key role in cancer progression. This metabolic plasticity is central to different networks, not only those directly pertaining to metabolism (including autophagy, cell cannibalism, cooperativity and metabolic commensalism), but also others referring to broader aspects of cancer cell biology, as the metabolic activities of cancer cells directly influences genetic, epigenetic, intra- and inter-cellular signaling and the response of tumors to different anticancer therapies. Consequently, novel therapeutic targets have been identified and new treatments are being developed and/or validated, bringing new hope to selectively target different metabolic determinants that control phenotypes associated to tumor progression. These phenotypes notably include cancer stemness, cancer cell migration and invasiveness, the metastatic process, angiogenesis, and cancer cell resistance to the immune system and to anticancer treatments. The important nature of these recent observations has promoted the nucleation of fundamental scientists and clinicians with a high level of expertise in tumor metabolism within a young international non-for-profit association, the International Society of Cancer Metabolism (ISCaM). The ISCaM2016 symposium is intended to be multidisciplinary, with for major aim to facilitate the exchange of the most recent knowledge related to metabolic networks in cancer between fundamental researchers and clinicians, scientist of international reputation and young investigators, and the experts of the ISCaM and the international scientific community.

The 3rd meeting of the International Society of Cancer Metabolism (ISCaM) will be held at the MCE Congress and Business Center in Brussels, Belgium, on 26-29 October 2016. This 4-day event will address several topics of high interest in cancer metabolism:

· General metabolism & metabolomics
· Amino acid metabolism
· Lipid metabolism
· pH dynamics in cancer
· Microenvironment & Stroma
· Autophagy
· Metabolic control of epigenetics
· Metabolic control of stemness & metastasis
· Therapy
· Imaging
· Biomarkers

For the complete scientific program see at the end of the page.


Special event have been designed for Young Investigators (undergraduate and PhD students, and postdocs of < 5 years post PhD at the time of the meeting):

· Possibility to co-chair a session together with a Senior Scientist
· Meet-the-expert luncheons
· Young Investigator Event
· Awards for oral and poster presentations


Registration and Abstract Submission information: Abstract submission and registration for this meeting are now closed. There will be no possibility of on-site registration. Registrations are firm and cannot be cancelled.

The basic registration package will include: (a) participation to the whole scientific event, (b) on-site catering (see program), (c) on-site services, (d) welcome event, and (e) guided tour of Brussels. Participation to the young investigator event and to the social dinner is optional and is not included in the general registration fee.  ISCaM2016 will be strictly limited to 200 participants, with priority based on the date of registration. 

Financial disclosure: ISCaM2016 payment system is hosted by the Université Catholique de Louvain, whose legal address is Place de l’Université 1, 1348 Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium. VAT BE0419052272.

Accomodation: Through our official housing partner, the Brussels Booking Desk,* we provide reduced hotel rates for ISCaM2016. Book through the simple-to-use reservation link:

*Please note: the Brussels Booking Desk is the only official housing company associated with ISCaM2016. While other hotel resellers may contact you to offer accommodation for your trip, they are not endorsed by or affiliated with the event.



The local organizers Olivier Feron, Carine Michiels and Pierre Sonveaux,

will be happy to welcome you in Brussels!