Event info
Date:05 May
Time:2 Days
Venue:Leuven, Belgium
Contact person
Nicole Mastrell

Nicole Mastrell

Event Manager & PA to CEO


+45 6141 8634

Tumor Heterogeneity, Plasticity and Therapy

We are pleased to announce the first edition of the VIB Conference ‘Tumor heterogeneity, plasticity and therapy’. This international conference will take place in the beautiful historic city of Leuven.

Tumors are complex and evolving ecosystems composed of a wide variety of cell types, in addition to the cancer cells themselves. Increasing evidence indicates that the bi-directional interplay between tumor cells and their tumor microenvironment shape tumor evolution and therapy resistance.

Within a tumor, many cancer cells differ from each at the (epi-)genomic, transcriptional and proteomic level, as well as phenotypically and functionally. Tumor heterogeneity represents a major hurdle for therapy, which may only target a subset of tumor cells. In addition, cancer cell plasticity permits rapidly adaption to therapeutics and development of tolerance and resistance, presenting additional challenges for both targeted and immunotherapies.

During this conference a range of world leaders from academia and industry will discuss the latest developments in basic research, translational and clinical research and therapeutic avenues, in the following sessions:

  • Plasticity in initiation, progression and metastasis
  • Heterogeneity and reprogramming of the tumor immune- and microenvironment
  • Adaptation and resistance to targeted therapies
  • Adaptation and resistance to immunotherapies

Date: 5 & 6 May 2021
Venue: KU Leuven, Promotion & Jubileumzaal, Naamsestraat 22, 3000 Leuven

Members of MVA can get a 15% discount by using the following codes:

Academic: 00CANC20-15-MVA-a
Industry: 00CANC20-15-MVA-i


Abstract deadline 12-Mar 2021
Early bird deadline 26-Mar 2021
Late reg. deadline 23-Apr 2021

Information for poster submissions:
The format for your poster should be: A0 (841 x 1189 mm / 33.1 x 46.8 in), portrait orientation. The deadline for the poster abstracts is currently extended. The best poster will win the Nature Poster Prize.

Organized by: VIB & LifeTime