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Sohn Conference: Accelerating Translation of Pediatric Cancer Research

February 26 @ 1:00 pm - February 28 @ 5:00 pm

Pediatric cancer is the leading cause of death by disease past infancy among children in the United States and Europe. Despite prevailing increases in overall survival rates, it continues to be one of the most challenging diseases to treat. Our basic understanding of pediatric cancer biology has improved, but high rates of relapse remain; and 20% of pediatric cancer patients do not respond to therapy, ultimately dying from their disease. We now understand that childhood cancers are genetically distinct from their adult counterparts, and that current treatments developed for adults are particularly harsh on growing children, causing severe side effects. Thus, there is a critical need to refine established therapeutic approaches for this vulnerable population to improve treatment for patients around the world.

This 2.5-day international conference will advance the dialogue from the first meeting presented jointly by the Sohn Conference Foundation and the New York Academy of Sciences in 2016, the Sohn Conference: Pediatric Cancer in a Post-genomic World. Leading researchers, clinicians, pediatric cancer advocates, and industry and governmental stakeholders from around the globe will reconvene, this time in London, England, to discuss strategies to help bridge the gap between basic research discoveries and treatments for pediatric and adolescent cancer patients. The aim will be to provide a platform for these leaders from different countries and continents to share promising new findings, identify best practices, and develop a unified approach. Conference speakers will present emerging basic and clinical cutting edge research in pediatric cancers on topics including somatic and germline alterations, genomics and epigenomics, opportunities and challenges in immunotherapy, developmental biology, biology of tumor progression and relapse, technologies for non-invasive disease monitoring, biological determinants of survival, and strategies challenges in clinical trial design and drug development.

Poster, Short Talk, and Fellowship Applicants will be notified of the status of their applications in early January 2018.

Registration includes a complimentary, one-year membership to the New York Academy of Sciences. Complimentary memberships are provided to non-members only and cannot be used to renew or extend existing or expiring memberships. A welcome email will be sent upon registration which will include your membership credentials.

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