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30th Porto Cancer Meeting

9-10 May 2024 | i3S, Porto, Portugal

It is our great pleasure to welcome you to the XXX Edition of the Porto Cancer Meeting. This renowned international meeting has been organized since 1990 by Ipatimup and is now a flagship meeting of i3S – Institute for Research and Innovation in Health – the largest health research institute in Portugal. This year, the scientific program of the XXX Porto Cancer Meeting will focus on RNA biology and its implications in cancer and will explore the relevance of the multiple layers of RNA regulation in cancer progression as well as the opportunities they generate for cancer treatment.

RNA biology is a burning topic in biomedicine. Once thought of as a simple messenger between DNA and protein, it is increasingly evident that the RNA molecule and its regulation are more complex than ever anticipated, playing a major role in multiple diseases, namely cancer, and enclosing new opportunities for biomarker discovery, cancer treatment and even cancer vaccines. The development of high-throughput analytical tools has significantly contributed to our understanding of the RNA code, enabling the discovery and quantification of RNA-protein interaction events at an unprecedented resolution and scale. Translating this knowledge into the clinic will now require more functional studies, the design of stable RNA-based drugs and efficient delivery technologies.

As one of the most prominent cancer research events in Portugal aiming to be at the forefront of cancer research, the objective of the XXX Edition of the Porto Cancer Meeting is to bring together researchers and clinicians to provide a multidisciplinary and informal environment to share and discuss the latest advances in the role of RNA regulation in cancer biology, and its clinical implications in diagnosis, progression, and treatment. For that, we have an outstanding panel of invited speakers, selected oral communications and a poster session, which will allow ample time for discussion among participants. The main topics will include RNA processing and regulation in cancer, non-coding RNAs and cancer, RNA-binding proteins role in cancer initiation and progression, the epitranscriptome in cancer and the RNA path to the clinic.

We hope you will enjoy a pleasant meeting and have the opportunity to visit the beautiful and vibrant city of Porto.


Organizing Committee
Raquel Almeida, i3S
Bruno Pereira, i3S

Scientific Committee
Alexandra Moreira, i3S
Bruno Pereira, i3S
Carla Oliveira, i3S
Maria Inês Almeida, i3S
Patrícia Mesquita, i3S
Raquel Almeida, i3S



DAY 1, 9 May 2024

9:00 – 9:20 Welcome Session

SESSION 1: RNA processing and regulation in cancer

9:20 – 10:05 (TBA)
Maria Carmo Fonseca, Instituto de Medicina Molecular João Lobo Antunes (iMM), University of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal

10:05 – 10:25 Selected talk

10:25 – 10:45 Selected talk

10:45 – 11:15 Coffee break

11:15 – 12:00 Loss of CPEB4 in breast cancer cells enhances lung metastasis by IL-23/IL-17 axis up-regulation and neutrophil expansion
Raúl Méndez, Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB), Barcelona, Spain

SESSION 2: Non-coding RNAs and cancer

12:00 – 12:45 Non-coding RNAs in urological cancer: biological and clinical aspects
Carmen Jerónimo, IPO-Porto / ICBAS-School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, University of Porto, Porto, Portugal

12:45 – 13:05 Selected talk

13:05 – 14:30 Lunch break

14:00 – 15:30 Posters session

SESSION 3: RBPome in cancer initiation and progression

15:30 – 16:15 Alterations in the RNA-binding protein landscape are required for efficient growth of malignant pleural mesothelioma
Anne Willis
, MRC Toxicology Unit, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK

16:15 – 16:35 Selected talk

16:35 – 17:05 Coffee break

17:05 – 18:00 Investigating the role of mRNA translation in cancer persister cell mutability
Lucilla Fabbri
, Institut Curie, Orsay, France

20:00 Meeting Dinner


DAY 2, 10 May 2024

SESSION 4: RNA path to the clinic

9:20 – 10:05 Pancreatic Cancer – Exceptional Survivors to RNA Vaccines
Vinod Balachandran
, David M. Rubenstein Center for Pancreatic Cancer Research, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, USA

10:05 – 10:35 Selected talk

10:35 – 11:05 Coffee break

11:05 – 12:00 Identifying global protein biomarkers in biofluids by NGS based profiling of RNA aptamer libraries
Jørgen Kjems
, Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center (iNANO), Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark

SPECIAL SESSION: Translational control in cancer


12:00 – 13:00 (TBA)
Nahum Sonenberg, Rosalind and Morris Goodman Cancer Institute, McGill University, Montreal, Canada

13:00 – 14:15 Lunch break

SESSION 5: The epitranscriptome in cancer

14:15 – 15:00 (TBA)
Michaela Frye, German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ), Heidelberg, Germany

15:00 – 15:20 Selected talk

15:20 – 16:05 Targeting RNA modifications to eradicate cancer stem cells in acute myeloid leukaemia
Kamil Kranc, The Institute of Cancer Research, London, UK

16:05 – 16:20 Awards and Closing session


Anne Willis, MRC Toxicology Unit, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK

Carmen Jerónimo, Portuguese Oncology Institute of Porto (IPO Porto) Research Center (CI-IPOP), Porto, Portugal

Jørgen Kjems, Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center (iNANO), Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark

Kamil R. Kranc, The Institute of Cancer Research, London, UK

Lucilla Fabbri, Institut Curie, PSL Research University, CNRS UMR3348, INSERM U1278, Orsay, France

Maria Carmo Fonseca, Instituto de Medicina Molecular João Lobo Antunes, Lisbon, Portugal

Michaela Frye, German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ), Heidelberg, Germany

Nahum Sonenberg, School of Biomedical Sciences, McGill University, Montreal, Canada

Raúl Mendez, Institute for Research in Biomedicine, Barcelona, Spain

Vinod Balachandran, David M. Rubenstein Center for Pancreatic Cancer Research, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY, USA

Social Program

9th May 2024 | 20h00 | More details will be announced soon.

Meeting Dinner: 60€

Abstract Submission

The call for abstracts will be open until 26th February 2024 (notification of acceptance until 12th March 2024). The abstract will be evaluated and selected either for oral communication or poster communication.

Abstracts should be structured according to the following template:

Abstract template >>

Abstract submission form >>


Early bird registration until 15th March 2024 | Payment deadline: 22nd March 2024

- i3S members, P.CCC Raquel Seruca members & Students: 65€
- ASPIC members: 85€
- External participants: 150€

Late registration until 28th March 2024 | Payment deadline: 4th April 2024
- i3S members, P.CCC Raquel Seruca members & Students: 85€
- ASPIC members: 85€
- External participants: 170€


Registration form >> 


Walking distance to i3S

Hotel Ibis São João **
Rua Dr. Plácido Costa | 4200-450 Porto
Website: http://www.ibis.com/pt
Telephone: (+351) 225 513 100
E-mail: H3227@ACCOR.COM
Walking distance: 10 minutes


Axis Porto – Business & SPA Hotel ****
Rua Maria Feliciana, 100 – São Mamede de Infesta
4465-283 Matosinhos – Porto
Website: www.axishoteis.com/pt/Axis-Hoteis/Hoteis/Axis-Porto/O-Hotel.aspx
Phone: (+351) 229 052 000
E-mail: reservas@axisporto.com
Walking distance: 25 minutes


Eurostars Oporto Hotel ****
Rua do Mestre Guilherme Camarinha, 212
4200-537 Porto
Website: http://www.eurostarsoporto.com/
Phone: (+351) 225 072 090
E-mail: reservas@eurostarsoporto.com
Walking distance: 15 minutes


Accessible by subway from Porto city center

Hotel Porto Moov Centro **
Praça da Batalha 32, 4000-101 Porto
Website: https://hotelmoov.com/
Telephone: (+351) 220 407 000
E-mail: portocentro@hotelmoov.com
Average time: 20 minutes


Legendary Porto Hotel ***
Praça da Batalha, 127-130 | 4000-102 Porto
Website: www.legendaryportohotel.com/
Telephone: (+351) 223 392 300
E-mail: legendaryportohotel@continentalhotels.eu
Average time: 20 minutes


Pão de Açucar Hotel ***
Rua do Almada, 262 | 4050-032 Porto
Website: http://www.paodeacucarhotel.pt/
Telephone: (+351) 222 002 425 / 222 011 589
E-mail: respaodeacucar@gmail.com
Average time: 15 minutes


Hotel Moon & Sun Porto****
R. de Sá de Noronha 70, 4050-526 Porto
Website: https://www.moonandsun.pt/
Telephone: +351 222 081 875
E-mail: geral@ms-hotels.com
Average time: 20 minutes


Oca Oriental Porto Hotel****
R. do Padre António Vieira 83, 4300-031 Porto
Website: https://www.ocahotels.com/pt/hoteis/oca-oriental-porto-hotel
Telephone: +351 221 450 307
E-mail: reservas.oriental@ocahotels.pt
Average time: 20 minutes


Trindade Porto Hotel ****
Rua de Camões, nº 129 / 131 | 4000-144 Porto
Website: www.portotrindadehotel.com/conteudos/hotel1/1
Telephone: (+351) 222 061 520
E-mail: geral@portotrindadehotel.com
Average time: 15 minutes




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