First International workshop on Sexual Dimorphism In Cancer

March 22-26-2021

online via zoom

Organizer : Gian Paolo Dotto,

University of Lausanne (UNIL), CH

Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), USA

International Cancer Prevention Institute (ICPI), CH

Co-organizers : Christian Simon, Lausanne University Hospital (CHUV), CH

Berna C. Özdemir, Bern University Hospital, CH

Anna Dorothea Wagner, Lausanne University Hospital (CHUV), CH

Giovanna Chiorino, Fondazione Edo ed Elvo Tempia, IT

Susanna Chiocca, Istituto Europeo di Oncologia (IEO), IT 


About the meeting

Cancer susceptibility of individuals of different sex is significantly different in many cancer types and across ethnic backgrounds. The role of hormonal and genetic differences in in cancer susceptibility and response to treatment is still poorly understood. To meet this challenge, there is an urgent need to foster interdisciplinary cross-communication efforts and train the next generation of researchers in basic and translational cancer prevention.

The meeting will be an important first to meet these challenges and serve as paradigm for similar meetings to be held in the future. It will bring together and foster communication between young researchers and world experts from various disciplines, such as epidemiology, genetics and epigenetics, cellular and molecular biology, pharmacology and clinical oncology. As an integral part of the meeting, we encourage participation from members of the private industry sector, who can provide unique insights into translational applications and possible future developments.

Meeting format

The meeting will be entirely in a virtual format designed to make it as interactive and informative as possible. It will be held over a week, from Monday to Friday, approximately 3.5 hours per day: 16-19.30 PM Central European Time, 10-13.30 East Coast Time and 7-10.30 West Coast Time.

There will be a professional virtual meeting platform, with an entry lobby from which one can have access to the main auditorium for the lectures or an exhibit hall for poster presentations by all participants who choose to do so. Posters will be accessible 24 hours of the day throughout the duration of the meeting and there will be direct contact information for the poster presenter to interact with the audience and possibly schedule a separate oral presentation of their work.

Each day will be dedicated to a different topic and divided in two parts.

General meeting sessions

Relatively short talks by invited speakers (25 minutes, including questions). All speakers are asked to present their overall research efforts, main conclusions and take-home messages rather than experimental details and last unpublished results (better suited for a conventional meeting).

Meet the speakers round table sessions

In an effort to foster more direct communication among invited speakers and participants, meet-the-speakers round table discussions will follow the general meeting sessions. PhD students and postdoctoral fellows are especially encouraged to participate, as well as people interested in in depth discussion. Depending on the number of registrations and indicated preferences, one or more parallel round tables with speakers will be arranged.

Poster presentations

We strongly encourage everybody to consider submitting a poster, even if not dealing specifically with molecular or genetics aspects of sexual dimorphism in cancer, to give a broader flare to the meeting of importance for further developments.

There will be several poster awards, with selected poster presenters invited to give short oral presentations (5 minutes) at the last day of the meeting. Poster awards are offered by Nature Reviews Cancer, EMBO Molecular Medicine, Fondazione Umberto Veronesi (FUV), the International Cancer Prevention Institute (ICPI) and La Source School of Nursing.

Poster Instructions

Participants who want to present an overview of their laboratory activities and/or a specific research project should provide:

1) Poster title, name of the presenter and co-authors, logo and institution name, and a clickable website address. This can be provided as a single jpeg, word or PDF file that will be adapted by the meeting organizers.

2) A single PDF document with a graphic summary description, an abstract, individual display items and links to possible relevant publications.

3) Personal email contact information to be set up as a clickable link for the participants to contact the presenter directly and possibly schedule a video conference.

For poster submission and any questions, please send directly to the meeting organizers by email at :

Speed-Talk Presentation Guidelines

All presenters will have an opportunity to get peer feedback and prizes will be awarded for the best talk. Participants are asked to share their main research interests or work as it relates sexual dimorphism and cancer in a short speed talk of max 5 minutes. For more specific guidelines click here.


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Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, you will need to register at after which you will receive a confirmation email with details on how to log on event day.

Monday March 22

16.00-19.30 Swiss Time (11 am -2 pm East Coast US; 8-11 am West Coast US)

Tuesday March 23

16:00-19:00 pm Swiss Time (11 am -1:30 pm East Coast US; 8-10:30 am West Coast US)

Wednesday March 24

16:00-19:00 pm Swiss Time (11 am -2 pm East Coast US; 8-11 am West Coast US )

Thursday March 25

16:00-19:00 pm Swiss Time (11 am -2 pm East Coast US; 8-11 am West Coast US)

Friday March 26

16:00-17:00 pm Swiss Time (11 am -12 pm East Coast US; 8-9 am West Coast US)

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