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Liquid Biopsy for Cancer
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Meeting Cycle

24 Months

Conference Description

This conference will focus on rare cells in circulation with a focus on human disease. Epithelial progenitor and stem cells, mesenchymal cells, fetal cells, and circulating tumor cells are normally relegated to extravascular organs but can traffic within the blood stream to initiate a number of important biological processes, such as organ repair and regeneration, angiogenesis, and metastasis. Thus, these cells represent a critically important population within the circulation and can provide a unique view into organ status, fetal health, and disease evolution. However, given their rarity within the circulation, the study of these cells poses unique challenges that will require innovative multi-disciplinary approaches.

To catalyze this embryonic field, we will bring together engineers, biologists, and clinicians to address the wide range of interest in these rare cell populations. The first conference will focus on cancer-relevant cells, primarily circulating tumor cells, including capture technology, definition of the population, correlation with disease diagnosis and progression, functional and molecular characterization, and relation to therapy.

What is a GRC? Gordon Research Conferences (GRC) are 5-day meetings that bring scientists together from around the world to present and discuss unpublished research with other leaders in their field.

Related Conference

This Gordon Research Conference (GRC) series is related to the "Liquid Biopsy for Cancer" Gordon Research Seminar (GRS) series. Although a related GRS will typically be scheduled in conjunction with its parent GRC each time it meets, that may not always be the case. Refer to the individual meetings in the Meeting History section below for more details. For more information about the associated Gordon Research Seminar (GRS) series, click here.

What is a GRS? Gordon Research Seminars (GRS) are 2-day meetings that bring graduate students and post-docs together to discuss their cutting edge research among peers and mentors. Each GRS immediately precedes an associated Gordon Research Conference (GRC), and topics addressed at the GRS relate closely to the GRC.

Meeting History

YearMeeting NameDatesConference SiteChair(s)
2018 Liquid Biopsy for Cancer Aug 5-10 Mount Holyoke College Shannon Stott
Stefanie Jeffrey
2016 Rare Cells in Circulation
Circulating Tumor Cells and Other Tumor Products in the Circulation
Aug 7-12 Mount Holyoke College Andrew D. Rhim
Howard I. Scher
2014 Rare Cells in Circulation
Circulating Tumor Cells and Metastasis
Aug 3-8 Mount Holyoke College Brian J. Kirby
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