New Horizons in Cancer Research Series Kicks Off in China

Shanghai skyline

A bird’s eye view of the Shanghai skyline.

From Oct. 9-12, the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) will host its first major conference in China: New Horizons in Cancer Research: Harnessing Breakthroughs – Targeting Cures.

This event is part of the New Horizons in Cancer Research Conference Series, which serves as a platform for the presentation of advances in cancer science and medicine and for the establishment of cancer research collaborations on an international scale.

The first event organized by the AACR’s new international office in Shanghai, the conference will provide over 500 international attendees with the opportunity to hear from an impressive roster of international speakers and local experts. This inaugural conference will highlight some of the latest findings from the AACR Annual Meeting 2014.

The conference will feature nearly 200 poster presentations of discoveries spanning the field of cancer research, and scheduled programming will include nine plenary sessions on topics covering the cancer research spectrum: metabolism and cancer; epidemiology and cancer prevention; molecular mechanisms of tumorigenesis; immunology and immunotherapy; cancer models; clinical trials; drug resistance; cancer genetics and genomics; and drug discovery and development.

The opening plenary session on Oct. 9 will officially kick off the conference with keynote presentations from speakers Zhu Chen, MD, PhD from Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, and Frank McCormick, PhD, from the Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of California, San Francisco.

The planning of the conference in China represents an exciting joint effort between distinguished cancer researchers and clinicians from China and the United States, and highlights the potential for future opportunities in international networking and scientific interaction. The AACR is committed to supporting and promoting collaboration among cancer researchers around the world and mobilizing a global effort to defeat cancer.

In April 2014, the AACR announced the opening of its first satellite office in Shanghai, with the goal of building bridges and exchanging information on the latest research developments between laboratory and clinical researchers in China, across the Asia Pacific region, and other sites around the world. Nearly one-third of the AACR’s 35,000 members are now from outside of the United States, with 12 percent of all members residing in Asia.

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