This year’s meeting, themed “Conquering Cancer Through Discovery Research,” highlighted novel approaches and technologies being used in the laboratory, innovative preclinical science, clinical trial results, and more. The AACR Annual Meeting, the premier scientific meeting in cancer research, attracted more than 18,000 attendees and covered the breadth of cancer science from basic through clinical and epidemiological research. Your attendance and active participation in the meeting helped to enhance the current state of cancer research and hopefully left you and your colleagues energized about the progress that we can make together going forward in preventing cancer and in lessening the burden of this disease.
During the course of the meeting, about 5,500 proffered papers were presented as posters and short talks, as well as hundreds of invited presentations from preeminent leaders in the global cancer community. A few of the highlighted changes included holding one major Plenary Session each morning, reducing the number of competing sessions throughout the meeting, and reducing the length of poster sessions from four hours to three hours. Also, some Award Lectures and Meet-the-Expert Sessions were held on Saturday. We feel confident that these changes provided a more intimate feel to the meeting and allowed for more thoughtful interactions among attendees.
The pace of discovery and its application to cancer patients continue to advance rapidly, and we look forward to the progress that will be made in the next few years. We hope that you continue to exchange information with new collaborators and colleagues from the AACR 101st Annual Meeting 2010.