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Hepatobiliary Cancers: Pathobiology and Translational Advances

March 22-24, 2021 | 10:00AM EDT | 2:00PM UTC | 4:00PM CEST*
*Program is subject to change

Hepatobiliary cancers, including hepatocellular carcinomas (HCC) and intrahepatic cholangiocarcinomas (iCCA), represent a major global health burden that continues to challenge biological researchers and clinicians alike. Hepatobiliary cancers are the second or third leading cause of cancer mortality worldwide, with over 840,000 new cases diagnosed in 2018. This Keystone Symposia meeting will be the first of its kind to focus specifically on this challenging disease. The meeting aims to integrate emerging basic and translational research with the clinical perspective, in order to advance our understanding of the pathobiology behind both HCC and iCCA, with the ultimate goal of guiding novel treatment and prevention strategies targeting these underlying mechanisms. 

The program will explore current challenges in the field, including (1) shifting etiological trends, focusing on mechanisms linked to cell injury, inflammation, and fibrogenesis; (2) roles of the microbiome and tumor microenvironment in affecting disease progression, therapeutic resistance, and immunosurveillance; (3) challenges of inter-and intra-tumoral heterogeneity; (4) identification of novel and more effective biomarker signatures for monitoring prognosis and treatments; (5) advances in “omics” for personalizing therapies; and (6) current and emerging trends in molecular and immune targeting. Moreover, this unique meeting is paired with a joint meeting on fatty liver disease, which is a perfect fit in lieu of the fact that non-alcoholic steatohepatitis is an important risk factor for hepatobiliary cancer. These joint meetings will foster new and productive research collaborations towards both basic and translational advances, as well as offer valuable training opportunities for basic researchers and clinician scientists.


Regular Registration Rate: $275 USD
Student Registration Rate: $150 USD


Scholarships: January 26, 2021
Abstract Submission: February 9, 2021


Financial Aid Opportunities

Graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, as well as individuals from low- and middle- income countries (all career stages) working in science and medicine related fields, are eligible to apply for a FREE registration code.

Find out more about financial aid opportunities here!

Call For Abstracts

Showcase your work to global audiences on the eSymposia platform!

ePoster presenters will be provided with their own dedicated page on the event website to display their work in multiple formats and interact with meeting participants. ePoster features include:

  • Abstract
  • Poster PDF for download
  • SciTalk – up to 5 minute video presentation, available on-demand
  • Live chat function to answer audience questions in real-time
  • Contact information for private follow-up discussion

To submit your work for an ePoster presentation, complete the event registration process and you will be given access to the “Submit an Abstract” tab on the event homepage.

Program Details

Speaking at this eSymposia

Silvia Affo

Columbia University, USA

Jesper Bøje Andersen

University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Renumathy Dhanasekaran

Stanford University, USA

Hashem B. El-Serag

Baylor College of Medicine, USA

Gregory J. Gores

Mayo Clinic, USA

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Funding for this conference was made possible (in part) by 1R13CA246936-01 from the National Institutes of Health. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention by trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.

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