More than 16,000 cancer researchers, health professionals and cancer survivors and advocates met at the 102nd Annual Meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research 2011, from Saturday, April 2, to Wednesday, April 6, in Orlando, Fla. The theme of the meeting, "Innovation and Collaboration – The Path to Progress," highlighted novel approaches and technologies being used in the laboratory, innovative preclinical science, clinical trial results and more. During the meeting the AACR interviewed many of the preeminent leaders in the global cancer community.
Saturday, April 2 Podcasts and Teleconferences
Cancer Discovery - AACR's Newest Journal
Watch this brief introduction and preview of the content in Cancer Discovery premiering at the Annual Meeting.
Teleconference: Drugs in the Pipeline: Emerging Therapies in Clinical Trials
Daniel D. Von Hoff, M.D., physician-in-chief and distinguished professor at the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen), professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic, and chief scientific officer at Scottsdale Healthcare and U.S. Oncology Research, hosted this press conference.
Teleconference: Telomeres and Cancer Risk
Scott Lippman, M.D., chair of the department of thoracic/head and neck medical oncology at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center moderated this press conference featuring AACR President Elizabeth H. Blackburn, Ph.D., the Morris Herzstein professor of biology and physiology in the department of biochemistry and biophysics at the University of California, San Francisco, who discussed the role of telomeres. Two studies were also presented.
Sunday, April 3 Podcasts and Teleconferences
We Are Making It Happen
Narrated by AACR President and Nobel Laureate Elizabeth H. Blackburn, Ph.D., this video illustrates progress made by cancer researchers in the 40 years since U.S. President Richard Nixon signed the National Cancer Act into law.
Interview with Frank McCormick, Ph.D., D.Sc. (hon), AACR president-elect; director, University of California, San Francisco Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
Interview with Harold Varmus, M.D., director, National Cancer Institute
Interview with Susan Band Horwitz, Ph.D., Rose C. Falkenstein professor of cancer research; co-chair of the department of molecular pharmacology, Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University
Teleconference: Cancer Discovery: AACR Launches Its Newest Journal
Co-editors-in-Chief Lewis Cantley, Ph.D., director of the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and professor of systems biology at Harvard Medical School, and José Baselga, M.D., Ph.D., associate director and chief of the division of hematology/oncology at the Massachusetts General Hospital, hosted a press conference on the studies presented in the premier issue of Cancer Discovery.
Interview with Fmr. Congressman John Edward Porter, chairman, Research!America and recipient of the 2011 AACR Award for Distinguished Service and Global Impact in Cancer and Biomedical Research
Interview with Kornelia M. Polyak, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of medicine, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School
Interview with Ervin H. Epstein Jr., M.D., principal investigator, Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute
Interview with Pier Paolo Pandolfi, M.D., Ph.D., director of research, director of the cancer genetics program, and chief of the division of genetics in the department of medicine, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School
Interview with Denise A. Galloway, Ph.D., head of the cancer biology program, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Interview with Drs. Georg and Eva Klein: Georg Klein, M.D., professor emeritus in tumor biology, active research group leader, Karolinska Institute
Eva Klein, M.D., professor emerita in tumor biology, active research group leader, Karolinska Institute
Teleconference: Public Policy Press Conference
John Retzlaff, managing director of the AACR's office of Science Policy and Government Affairs, moderated this panel who discussed the implications of the proposed budget cuts to cancer research. Panelists included the Honorable John Edward Porter, researcher Rebecca B. Riggins, Ph.D., and cancer survivor Carolyn Langlie-Lesnik, R.N.
Monday, April 4 Podcasts and Teleconferences
Interview with William S. Dalton, M.D., Ph.D., chair, AACR’s Science Policy and Legislative Affairs Committee; president and CEO, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center
Interview with Nancy Roach, chair, board of directors, Fight Colorectal Cancer
Interview with Bernard Fisher, M.D., distinguished service professor, University of Pittsburgh
Teleconference: Innovative Diagnostics
David Sidransky, M.D., director of head and neck cancer research at Johns Hopkins, moderated this press conference highlighting innovative diagnostic methods that may potentially increase cancer cure rates.
Teleconference: Cancer Risk Factors and Genetics
AACR President-elect Judy Garber, M.D., director of the Center for Cancer Genetics and Prevention at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, hosted a press conference on cancer risk factors and genetics.
Interview with Stephen J. Chanock, M.D., chief, laboratory of translational genomics, National Cancer Institute
Interview with Andrea Califano, Dr., founding director, Columbia Initiative in Systems Biology Columbia University, New York
Interview with Timothy Buckland, cancer advocate, The Canadian Testicular Cancer Association
Interview with Judy E. Garber, M.D., M.P.H., AACR president, 2011-2012; director, Center for Cancer Genetics and Prevention, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Interview with Alfred G. Knudson, M.D., Ph.D., senior member, Institute for Cancer Research; Fox Chase distinguished scientist, Fox Chase Cancer Center
Tuesday, April 5 Podcasts
Interview with Miguel Villalona-Calero, M.D., director of medical oncology, and professor, internal medicine and pharmacology, The Ohio State University
Interview with Yosef Shiloh, Ph.D., David and Inez Myers Professor in Cancer Genetics, Sackler School of Medicine, Tel Aviv University, Israel
Interview with Bruce E. Johnson, M.D., professor, Harvard Medical School and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute; principal investigator, Lung Cancer SPORE
Interview with Michael B. Kastan, M.D., Ph.D., director, Comprehensive Cancer Center, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
Interview with Ching-Hon Pui, M.D., chair, department of oncology, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
Interview with Joan Massagué, Ph.D., chairman, cancer biology and genetics program, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
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Updated: April 15, 2011