2022 Conference Agenda

Please note we are in the process of finalizing the agenda; some session titles and speakers will be updated in the coming days!

Monday, July 11, 2022
9:00-10:00am Registration/Breakfast
10:00am - 11:30am

Pre–Session Workshop:

NIH Grant Session

CSC grantsmanship
Michael Graham Espey (National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health)

Senthil Muthuswamy (Harvard Medical School, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center)


Pre–Session Workshop: 

Meet the Editors / Networking Session / Lunch

Natalie Cain (Cell Reports)
Bailee Sliker (Cancer Discovery)

12:30-1:20pm Lunch

Welcome & Opening Remarks



Inflammation and Cancer Stem Cells
Jenny Chang (Houston Methodist, Weill Cornell Medical College)


Druggable Targets I – Session Chair:  Claudia Petritsch

Cancer Stem Cells in BRAF Mutated Brain Tumor Resistance to Molecular Targeted Therapy
Claudia Katharina Petritsch (Stanford)

Targeting clonal heterogeneity in treatment-refractory Glioblastoma with novel and empiric immunotherapies
Sheila Singh (McMaster University)

Therapy Resistance Mechanisms in AML/MDS stem cells
Chris Park (NYU Langone Health)

3:30-3:40pm Break

Druggable Targets II – Session Chair:  Claudia Petritsch

Huiping Liu (Northwestern)

Ofer Reizes (Case Comprehensive Cancer Center)

Short talk: Rokana Taftaf

4:40-4:50pm Break

Developmental - Session Chair: Mark Jackson

Functional Dissection of Stem Cell Lineage Plasticity in the Skin Epithelia
Yejing Ge (MD Anderson Cancer Center)

EMT-Induced Stemness and Cellular Plasticity in Metastasis and Chemoresistance
Sendurai Mani (MD Anderson Cancer Center)

Senthil Muthuswamy (Harvard Medical School, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center)

Ali Shilatifard (Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine)

Short talks: Isobel Fetter, Jing Hao, Kelsey Polak

7:00-8:30pm Opening Reception and Posters
Cocktails and heavy 
hors d’oeuvres
Tuesday, July 12, 2022
8:00 - 9:00am



Metabolism - Session Chair: Quintin Pan

Chris Hine (Case Comprehensive Cancer Center)

Mark Brown (Case Comprehensive Cancer Center)

Abishek Chakraborty (Case Comprehensive Cancer Center)

Short talk: Loic Deleyrolle

10:25-10:35am Break


Metabolic Targeting of Breast Cancer Stem Cells
Max Wicha (University of Michigan Rogel Cancer Center)


Lunch Session (Sponsored by Jackson Laboratories)

Speaker: Jiwon Yang


Radioresistance - Session Chair: Espey/Yu

Daniel Wahl (Michigan)

Jacob Scott (Case Comprehensive Cancer Center)

Reprogramming Tumor-Associated Macrophages to Target Glioma Stem Cells
Shideng Bao (Case Comprehensive Cancer Center)

Maria Castro (University of Michigan)

Panel Discussion

2:10-2:20pm Break

Immune Interaction I - Session Chair: Jeff Rosen

CSCs and the Tumor Immune Microenvironment
Jeff Rosen (Baylor College of Medicine)

Targeting Cancer Stem Cells Through it Microenvironment
Y. Alan Wang (MD Anderson Cancer Center)

Myeloid Cells in Perivascular Niche of Glioblastoma 
Delores Hambardzumyan (Icahn School of Medicine)

Sex Differences in Immune Response Underlies Glioblastoma Growth and Immunotherapy Efficacy
Justin Lathia (Case Comprehensive Cancer Center)

4:00-4:10pm Break

Immune Interaction II - Session Chair: Jeff Rosen

Short talks: 

Juyeun Lee

Praj Rajappa

Rashmi Bharti

Amanda Johnson

Duy Nuygen

5:00-5:45pm Free time; prepare for transportation to Rock Hall
6:00pm Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
Wednesday, July 13, 2022
8:00 - 9:00am



Microenvironment - Session Chair: Huiping Liu

The Role of Mesothelial Cells in Promoting the Ovarian Cancer Stem Cell Phenotype
Erinn Rankin (Stanford)

The Role of Hypoxia in Breast Cancer Metastasis
Daniele Gilkes (Johns Hopkins University)

Min Yu

Jennifer Yu (Case Comprehensive Cancer Center)

Short talk: Gen-Sheng Feng


Young Investigator Award Presentations and Lunch (Sponsored by Tango Therapeutics) 

Awardees: Defne Bayik, Dionysios Watson, Nurmaa Dashzeveg


Epigenetic Regulation - Session Chair: Angela Ting

Prostate cancer stem cells in therapy resistance and metastasis
Dean Tang (Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center)

Cancer Stem Cell Epigenetic States - Role for Transcription Factor Expression Repertoire
Hari Easwaran (Johns Hopkins University)

Angela Ting (Case Comprehensive Cancer Center)

Short talk: Atique Ahmed