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New Horizons in Cancer Research: Biology to Prevention to Therapy

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New Horizons in Cancer Research 2011


AACR International Conference on
New Horizons in Cancer Research: Biology to Prevention to Therapy
December 13-16, 2011
The Leela Kempinski Gurgaon
Gurgaon, Delhi (NCR), India

CHAIRPERSON:
Anil K. Rustgi, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, USA

CO-CHAIRPERSONS:
Rajendra A. Badwe, Tata Memorial Centre, Mumbai, India
Raymond N. DuBois, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, USA
Judy E. Garber, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, MA, USA
Lalit Kumar, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India
Matthew L. Meyerson, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, MA, USA
Annapoorni Rangarajan, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India

PROGRAM COMMITTEE:
Andrew J. Dannenberg, Weill Medical College of Cornell University, New York, NY, USA
Napoleone Ferrara, Genentech, Inc., South San Francisco, CA, USA
Varsha Gandhi, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, USA
Jennifer Rubin Grandis, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, PA, USA
Stephen M. Hahn, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, USA
Michael B. Kastan, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Memphis, TN, USA
Sudhir Krishna, National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS), Bangalore, India
Raju Kucherlapati, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA
David P. Lane, Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), Singapore
Debasish F. Roychowdhury, Sanofi-Aventis, Cambridge, MA, USA
Rajiv Sarin, Advanced Centre for Treatment, Research & Education in Cancer (ACTREC), Mumbai, India
Tej P. Singh, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India
Ashok R. Venkitaraman, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, England
Inder M. Verma, Salk Institute for Biological Studies, La Jolla, CA, USA
Xifeng Wu, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, USA

ORGANIZING COMMITTEE:
Pramod Garg, Co-Chairperson, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi, India
Lalit Kumar, Co-Chairperson, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi, India
Ravi Kant, Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi, India
Hemant Malhotra, SMS Medical College, Jaipur, India
Rita Mulherkar, Advanced Centre for Treatment, Research and Education in Cancer (ACTREC), Tata Memorial Centre, Mumbai, India
E. Hemanth Raj, Apollo Specialty Hospital, Chennai, India
Peush Sahni, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India
Ashok K. Saluja, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, USA
Tanuja Teni, Advanced Centre for Treatment, Research and Education in Cancer (ACTREC), Tata Memorial Centre, Mumbai, India


India is a vibrant center for scientific research and clinical care, making it an outstanding site for the AACR international conference which was held from December 13–16, 2011, in Delhi. A large, broadly focused meeting, New Horizons in Cancer Research: Biology to Prevention to Therapy centered on translational cancer research, drawing on the latest trends and discoveries in the early detection, prevention, and treatment of cancer. The conference was designed to appeal to a broad spectrum of cancer researchers and clinicians. With a focus on advances in tumor biology, cancer genetics, molecular epidemiology, and novel therapeutics, the conference paid particular attention to some of the most common cancers that occur in India, including head and neck, cervical, lung, and breast cancers, among others.

The planning and execution of this meeting was a collaborative effort involving a number of the world’s leading cancer researchers and clinicians. Both the Program Committee and the Organizing Committee were comprised of leaders in cancer research and care from both India and the United States; including conference Chairperson Dr. Anil K. Rustgi, chief of gastroenterology and T. Grier Miller professor of medicine and genetics at the Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Dr. Rustgi was joined by an esteemed group of Co-Chairpersons including Dr. Rajendra A. Badwe, director, Tata Memorial Center in Mumbai, India; Dr. Raymond N. DuBois, provost and executive vice president, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas; Dr. Judy E. Garber, director, Cancer Genetics and Prevention Center, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, Massachusetts; Dr. Lalit Kumar, professor of medical oncology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Institute of Rotary Cancer Hospital in New Delhi, India; Dr. Matthew L. Meyerson, professor of pathology, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, Massachusetts; and Dr. Annapoorni Rangarajan, assistant professor, Indian Institute of Science, Department of Molecular Reproduction, Development and Genetics in Bangalore, India.

The meeting drew just over 500 attendees from a dozen different countries, and over 250 abstracts were accepted for poster presentations.  The format of the program included keynote lectures, plenary sessions, poster sessions, panel discussions, meet-the-expert sessions, and a networking roundtable event. New Horizons in Cancer Research served as a dynamic platform for the advancement of cancer science and care in India and for the establishment of new collaborations on an international scale.


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