August 3 - 7, 2008
The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver
Vancouver, BC, Canada
Danny R. Welch, University of Alabama, Birmingham, AL
President, Metastasis Research Society
For the first time, the Metastasis Research Society (MRS) and the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) combined forces to jointly present an international conference aimed to highlight and encourage metastasis research. The conference focused on all aspects of metastasis incorporating the cutting edge of basic science, translational, and clinical fields. The aim of this multidisciplinary meeting was to highlight novel metastasis research, foster collaboration and further innovation, recruit new investigators into the metastasis field, and encourage progress towards reducing the burden of metastatic disease.
Nearly 450 scientists and researchers from more than 25 countries participated in this MRS-AACR conference on metastasis. This was the 12th International Biennial Congress of the MRS and the first meeting solely devoted to metastasis research sponsored by the AACR since 1998. The program incorporated the myriad disciplines that encompass metastasis research and was quite different from most metastasis meetings. The conference was organized to define the next ten years of metastasis research rather than report on past progress. Speakers covered a wide variety of topics, including how metastatic cells interact with each other and their microenvironments; the latest developments on the roles of stem cell mobilization and the pre-metastatic niche; signaling pathways; new mechanisms to detect metastases; invasion; regulation of cancer cell growth; and new topics in metastasis that are emerging as critically important, such as the roles of regulatory RNAs.
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