Scientists and industry leaders from around the world will gather in Boston Nov. 14-19, 2009, for the AACR-NCI-EORTC Molecular Targets and Cancer Therapeutics International Conference, which will feature groundbreaking information on important cancer therapies in development.
"Cancer is a complex disease and to treat it effectively we need a greater understanding of the activity that takes place at the molecular level," said Lewis Cantley, Ph.D., director of the cancer center at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and one of the scientific committee chairpersons of the conference. "The research presented at this conference will bring us closer to that understanding."
Experts from the world's leading cancer centers and pharmaceutical companies will discuss innovations in drug development, target selection and the impact of new discoveries in molecular and cellular biology.
Understanding the pathways and mechanisms that cause cancer and regulate the biological behavior of tumor cells has already led to the development of numerous new agents. This conference, now in its second decade, has been organized to reflect the many recent advances in the early development of promising new compounds.
During the conference, the American Association for Cancer Research will host several press briefings: "Drugs in the Pipeline," "Emerging Therapies in Pancreatic Cancer" and "Markers of Prognosis."
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The mission of the American Association for Cancer Research is to prevent and cure cancer. Founded in 1907, the AACR is the world's oldest and largest professional organization dedicated to advancing cancer research. The membership includes 30,000 basic, translational and clinical researchers; health care professionals; and cancer survivors and advocates in the United States and nearly 90 other countries. The AACR marshals the full spectrum of expertise from the cancer community to accelerate progress in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer through high-quality scientific and educational programs. It funds innovative, meritorious research grants, research fellowship and career development awards. The AACR Annual Meeting attracts more than 16,000 participants who share the latest discoveries and developments in the field. Special conferences throughout the year present novel data across a wide variety of topics in cancer research, treatment and patient care. The AACR publishes six major peer-reviewed journals: Cancer Research; Clinical Cancer Research; Molecular Cancer Therapeutics; Molecular Cancer Research; Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention; and Cancer Prevention Research. The AACR also publishes CR, a magazine for cancer survivors and their families, patient advocates, physicians and scientists. CR provides a forum for sharing essential, evidence-based information and perspectives on progress in cancer research, survivorship and advocacy.