Tumor Heterogeneity, Plasticity and Therapy

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


For the full programme, please visit:


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 best two posters will be rewarded with the VIB poster prize! The deadline for the abstracts is 12 March 2020. The best four abstracts were given a short talk slot in the plenary program. The best poster will win the Nature Poster Prize.


Travel Grants

We offer 5 travel grants to international attendees, which will reimburse travel costs up to 400 Euros. Are you interested in attending THPT20 and want to have a chance on a travel grant? Submit your motivation below by clicking on the 'Apply for a grant' button before 27 February 2020. The organizing committee will notify you of your travel grant acceptance on 5 March 2019. No registration is needed before submitting a travel grant proposal. When you’re awarded with a travel grant you will receive a practical email containing the next steps. Note that being awarded a travel grant does not mean being registered for the conference. Scroll down to apply for your grant.



Event Details


Thursday, May 14, 2020 - Friday, May 15, 2020


KU Leuven, Promotion & Jubileumzaal, Naamsestraat 22, 3000 Leuven


PhD Student ticket - €250.00 / €300.00
Academic ticket - €325.00 / €390.00
Industry ticket - €500.00 / €600.00


FLANDERS.BIO MEMBER BENEFIT: members receive a 15% reduction on the registration fee. Please contact us to obtain the reduction code.


• Early bird deadline 02-Apr 2020
• Late reg. deadline 30-Apr 2020





2020-05-14 00:00:00 2020-05-15 00:00:00 Europe/Brussels Tumor Heterogeneity, Plasticity and Therapy KU Leuven, Promotion &amp; Jubileumzaal, Naamsestraat 22, 3000 Leuven <p>VIB</p>

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Stefaan Galle

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