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11th - 12th April 2024

Palazzo Bo, Padova

The Pancreatic Cancer Symposium will be the first edition of an international meeting that brings together researchers and clinician-scientists at the forefront of knowledge of pancreatic cancer. It is organized by the Italian Pancreatic Cancer Community and the University of Padova. This congress serves as a platform for the exchange of cutting-edge research, innovative treatments, and multidisciplinary insights aimed at improving outcomes for those affected by pancreatic cancer. Our shared goal is to accelerate progress in the understanding, diagnosis, and management of this complex disease.

DEADLINE: March, 22th, 2024


IPCC invites trainees at all levels to the Symposium and show their work in form of poster or oral presentation. Two abstracts will be selected and presented in plenary sessions.  Multiple opportunities to support travel expenses will also be available.

Sponsored by:

Fondazione Nadia Valsecchi

Associazione Italiana per lo Studio del Pancreas (AISP)


Invited Speakers

Nuria Malats

CNIO, Madrid

Maximilian Reichert

TUM, Munich

Fabienne Guillaumond

INSERM, Marseille

Program (Preliminary)

Day 1 - April 11th

13:30 Welcome

14:00 Keynote lecture – Chair: V. Corbo

Nuria Malats (Centro National de Investigaciones Oncologicas (CNIO), ES)
Challenges in screening sporadic pancreatic cancer

14:45 Patient engagement session – Chair: Federica Valsecchi
14:45 Federica Valsecchi 
(Fondazione Nadia Valsecchi): patients perspective
Piero Rivizzigno (Codice Viola): patients perspective

15:05 Short Talk #1 – Fond. Nadia Valsecchi Fellowship in memoriam of Laura Ziliani – “TBA”

15:20 Short Talk #2 – Fond. Nadia Valsecchi Fellowship in memoriam of Massimo Canonica – “TBA”

15:35 Vincenzo Corbo, University of Verona
Intra-tumor heterogeneity and phenotypic adaptation in pancreatic cancer

16:00 – 16:30 Coffee break

16:30 Session 1 – Chair: S. Lovisa

16:30 Elisa Giovannetti, Fondazione Pisana per la Scienza and VU Medical Center, Amsterdam
Integrating preclinical models and liquid biopsy approaches to fight pancreatic cancer resistance

16:55 Miriam Martini, University of Torino
Decoding altered signaling pathways and nutrient sensing in Pancreatic Cancer

 17:20 Enza Lonardo, Institute of Genetic and Biophysics CNR, Naples
Tumor-Stroma Crosstalk in Pancreatic Cancer

17:45 Loretta del Mercato, Institute of Nanotechnology of CNR (CNR NANOTEC), Lecce
Advanced sensing platforms for microenvironment monitoring in pancreatic cancer models

18:10 Keynote lecture – Chair: L. Leanza

Maximilian Reichert (Technische Universität München, DE)
Mapping the Pancreatic Cancer Organoid Landscape to Identify and Target Dynamic Tumor Cell States

20:00 Social dinner (Gourmetteria, via Zabarella 23, Padova)

Day 2 - April 12th

09:00 Keynote lecture – Chair: A. Carrer

Fabienne Guillaumond-Marchai (INSERM Marseille, FR)
Remodeling of lipid metabolism in pancreatic adenocarcinoma

09:45 Session 2 – Chair: N. Malats

09:45 Paolo Ettore Porporato, University of Torino
Role of iron metabolism in cachexia and inflammation

10:10 Luigi Leanza, University of Padova (DiBio)
Targeting ion channels in advanced PDAC

10:35 Coffe break

11:00 AISP-sponsored Session 3 – Chair: F. Marchesi

11:00 Silvia Carrara (Humanitas Clinical Institute & AISP president)

11:20 Short Talk #3 – AISP Travel Fellowship in memoriam of Mario Sala – “TBA”

11:35 Short Talk #4 – AISP Travel Fellowship in memoriam of Donatella Massara – “TBA”

11:50 Session 4 – Chair: F. Guillaumond

11:50 Paola Cappello, University of Torino
Characterization of a novel immune checkpoint in pancreatic cancer

12:15 Federica Marchesi, Humanitas Research Hospital, Rozzano
Immune variables as clinically relevant markers in pancreatic cancer

12:40 Lunch & Poster Viewing

14:30 Sponsored Session 5 – Chair: P. Cappello

STANDARD BIOTOOLS presents: Marco Erreni, Humanitas Research Hospital
Investigation of pancreatic cancer TME by imaging mass Cytometry

15:00 Session 6 – Chair: M. Reichert

15:00 Sara Lovisa, Humanitas Research Hospital, Rozzano
Microenvironmental landscape in pancreatic pre-neoplastic lesions

15:25 Carmine Carbone, Fondazione Policlinico Gemelli IRCCS, Rome
Exploring IPMN malignant progression using next-generation omics technologies

15:50 Alessandro Carrer, University of Padova (DiBio)
Metabolic-epigenetic crosstalk in the evolution of precursor lesions

16:15 Giuseppe Riccardo Diaferia, European Institute of Oncology (IEO), Milan
Histologically resolved transcriptional states reveals functional vulnerability of PDAC

16:40 Coffee break

17:15 Round Table
Can stakeholders come together to attack pancreatic cancer?

18:15 Closing remarks and wrap-up
Best poster award

List of IPCC Speakers

Vincenzo Corbo, University of Verona

Loretta del Mercato, Institute of Nanotechnology of CNR (CNR NANOTEC), Lecce

Alessandro Carrer, University of Padova (DiBio)

Miriam Martini, University of Turin

Enza Lonardo, Institute of Genetic and Biophysic CNR, Naples

Elisa Giovannetti, Fondazione Pisana per la Scienza and VU University Medical Center, Amsterdam

Federica Marchesi, Humanitas Research Hospital, Rozzano

Giuseppe Riccardo Diaferia, European Instiute of Oncology, Milan

Paolo Ettore Porporato, University of Turin

Sara Lovisa, Humanitas Research Institute, Milan 

Carmine Carbone, Fondazione Policlinico Gemelli IRCCS, Rome

Paola Cappello, University of Turin

Luigi Leanza, University of Padova (DiBio)


Via VIII Febbraio 2, Padova c/o Archivio Storico


Alessandro Carrer


Luigi Leanza


Main sponsors