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Autophagy Workshop & Symposium 2012

Autophagy: an Emerging Therapeutic Target in Human Disease hosted by the CIHR Team in Autophagy . Meeting organizers: Sharon Gorski (team leader), Julian Lum (co-PI, Deeley Research Centre, BCCA) and Robert Young (co-PI, Chemistry, Simon Fraser University).

Two Autophagy Meeting Announcements:

The CIHR Team Investigating Autophagy Proteins as Molecular Targets for Cancer Treatment will be hosting 2 Autophagy Events in February.

Friday, February 17, 2012 a full day workshop:   “Autophagy: an Emerging Therapeutic Target in Human Disease Workshop”

From 8:30AM -  4:30PM at SFU Harbour Centre   more information:

To register:

A scientific poster session will be held during the day, and a cash award for the best student poster will be presented.  We encourage trainees to present posters (contact details below for more information).


Saturday, February 18, 2012 AAAS Annual Meeting Discovery Symposium: “Autophagy: an Emerging Therapeutic Target in Human Disease”

From 1:30  - 4:30 at the Vancouver Convention Centre,

More information: and

To register:


This will be an excellent opportunity for local trainees from SFU, UBC, UVic, BCCA and CDRD to interact with academic and industry-based Research Scientists representing the top of their fields from around the world. Topics will include human and mouse genetic analyses and modulation of autophagy genes, molecular target selection, and progress toward in silico design, screening, lead identification and development of specific small molecule modulators of autophagy to provide proof-of-principle and, ultimately, potential therapeutic agents. Ongoing cancer clinical trials employing first generation autophagy inhibitors will also be discussed. The disease focus of the symposium and workshop will be cancer but the relevance and implications of autophagy modulation for other diseases will also be discussed.

Organizing Committee:

Dr. Sharon Gorski, SFU and BC Cancer Agency,

Dr. Julian Lum, BC Cancer Agency and University of Victoria

Prof. Robert Young, MC, FRSC, Merck Frosst- B.C. Leadership Chair in Pharmaceutical Genomics and Drug Discovery, Dept of Chemistry, SFU.


For further information and to submit an abstract for a poster presentation please contact:


Stephanie McInnis, PhD

Projects Manager

Genome Sciences Centre, BC Cancer Agency

8th floor - 675 West 10th Avenue,

Vancouver BC CANADA



phone: (604)675-8000 ext. 7965

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