This meeting has become a major venue for presenting cutting-edge research in basic, clinical, epidemiologic, and behavioral science. As the only comprehensive conference on cancer prevention in the world, it continues to foster important transdisciplinary interactions that are vital to making critical discoveries. The outstanding committee of twenty co-chairpersons in 2007 represented the diverse range of interests and scientific expertise that is required to develop an outstanding program.
Highlighting a program of extraordinary presentations, Dr. Ronald M. Evans of the Salk Institute for Biological Studies delivered the Distinguished Lecture on Targets for Cancer Prevention, and Dr. Raymond N. DuBois of the UT M. D. Anderson Cancer Center delivered the Keynote Lecture during the Opening Plenary Session.
The rich variety of session formats included educational, plenary, organ-site, and poster sessions as well as the Sixth Annual AACR-Cancer Research and Prevention Foundation Award Lecture for Excellence in Cancer Prevention Research. A wide variety of cancer prevention topics were covered in the program, and some of the latest developments in clinical genetics, infectious diseases, imaging, and metabolism were featured.
Based on its success at the 2006 conference, Dr. Waun Ki Hong once again chaired a special forum focused on the professional advancement and mentoring of young investigators. Informal early morning “Meet-the-Expert” sessions were added to the 2007 program and were very successful. Two special controversy sessions focused on current practices in breast cancer prevention and the potential role of smokeless tobacco in the fight against smoking-related cancers.
The highly popular Frontiers Conference promotes public, academic, government, and industry awareness of the vital importance of cancer prevention science in reducing cancer incidence and mortality, and it catalyzes coordinated, focused, transdisciplinary research that promises to accelerate a reduction in the cancer burden. The exciting information offered at this conference benefits the work of investigators in every prevention subspecialty and at every level of career development.
The AACR extends its profound thanks to the American Cancer Society, National Cancer Institute, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for co-sponsoring the 2007 conference. We also wish to thank the Lead Supporter of the conference, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, for its generous contribution to the meeting, without which this meeting could not have been held. Our kind thanks also go to the Cancer Research Prevention Foundation for its generous support and interest in this topic.