LOS ANGELES -- Data demonstrating genetic differences in individuals susceptibility to certain cancers as well as differences in how people respond to specific cancer treatments will take center stage when more than 17,000 scientists from around the world gather at the Los Angeles Convention Center April 14-18 for the 2007 Annual Meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR). Key data presented at the meeting will also include findings related to the safety and effectiveness of several new, high-profile cancer therapies and vaccines.
"Because of significant diagnostic and therapeutic advances such as personalized and targeted therapies that prolong patients lives, the number of people successfully managing and living with cancer continues to grow," said Geoffrey M. Wahl, Ph.D., President, AACR. "By hosting the largest meeting in the world of its kind where the science behind these significant developments is shared and analyzed by researchers at the leading edge of cancer study the AACR promotes clinical exchange with the goal of ensuring research discoveries translate directly into improved patient outcomes."
The theme of this years annual meeting, "A Century of Leadership in Science A Future of Cancer Prevention and Cures," commemorates the AACRs Centennial and underscores the remarkable scientific advances that researchers have achieved in the 100 years since the organizations founding, well as the critical importance of ongoing research.
The opening Centennial Ceremony will set an exciting and inspirational tone for a week of science and discovery, with a procession of young researchers bearing flags of all 70 AACR member nations, appearances by the University of Southern California (USC) Marching Band, the All-American Boys Choir and presentation of Centennial Medals and other honors to leading cancer researchers and advocates.