On behalf of Judy E. Garber, M.D., M.P.H., AACR president, Benjamin G. Neel, M.D., Ph.D., Annual Meeting Program Committee chairperson, and the Annual Meeting Program and Education Committees, the AACR thanks the over 16,000 attendees who attended the AACR Annual Meeting 2012 held Saturday, March 31-Wednesday, April 4, 2012, at McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois.
As always, the AACR Annual Meeting highlighted the best and latest findings in all major areas of cancer research. Investigators in a wide variety of disciplines attended and benefitted from hearing about these advances and networking with their colleagues. Cancer researchers continue to make incredible strides and breakthroughs, with an impact on global health. The theme of the AACR Annual Meeting 2012, “Accelerating Science: Concept to Clinic,” reflected this amazing progress and emphasized the synergy between basic, clinical and translational research that will continue to lead to effective cancer therapies and prevention strategies.
The program featured daily plenary sessions, major symposia, minisymposia, forums, educational sessions, methods workshops, poster sessions, “Current Concepts and Controversies in Organ Site Research” sessions, and an exciting new series of sessions focused on “Current Concepts and Controversies in Diagnostics, Therapeutics and Prevention.” The two sessions featuring presentations of new clinical data and the new poster session on “Clinical Trials in Progress” were very well-received by those who attended. In addition, the regulatory science and policy track was popular among many attendees.
With the accelerating pace of discoveries in the basic, translational and clinical sciences, due in large part to the advent of new technologies, cancer researchers are making rapid progress that is having significant patient benefit. It is clear that in the near future, even greater opportunities for the prevention, management and cures for all types of cancer will abound. We are confident that those who attended the AACR Annual Meeting 2012 have renewed energy, inspiration and focus in their work. To receive Annual Meeting updates, including information on the AACR Annual Meeting 2013, in Washington, DC, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to join the AACR mailing list.