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AACR annual meeting showcases developments in understanding and targeting cancers
Date:4/8/2008

SAN DIEGO -- Cutting-edge breakthroughs in molecular targeting, translational cancer research and cancer prevention will take center stage when more than 17,000 scientists from around the world gather at the San Diego Convention Center April 12-16 for the 2008 Annual Meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR). Key data presented at the meeting will include late-breaking clinical trial findings related to high-profile, potentially life-saving cancer therapies in the pipeline.

"Cancer research is now a vast multidisciplinary field encompassing nearly all areas of science and technology. This is truly an extraordinary time," said William N. Hait, M.D., Ph.D., president of the AACR and senior vice president for Worldwide Hematology and Oncology Research and Development at Johnson & Johnson. "Today, basic cancer research drives cancer medicine and it is increasingly influenced by clinical observations. Clearly, these synergies are advancing our knowledge about cancer for the benefit of cancer patients, and the AACR is the catalyst for these discoveries."

The theme of the 2008 Annual Meeting is "Translating the Latest Discoveries into Cancer Prevention and Cures," and the opening plenary will feature insight and perspective from world leaders in cancer research on topics ranging from the cellular mechanisms of metastasis, to cancer prevention, to targeted drug therapies and clinical trials.

AACR's Annual Meeting attracts attendees including leading academic, industry and government scientists, as well as clinical oncologists, students, cancer survivors, advocates and other health care professionals. Such a diverse group facilitates a cross-disciplinary exchange of new ideas and collaborations. This year, more than 6,000 abstracts were selected for presentation, complementing an outstanding program of scientific and educational events.

Late-breaking plenary sessions in basic, translational and clinical cancer research will cover
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Contact: Staci Vernick Goldberg
Staci.goldberg@aacr.org
267-646-0616
American Association for Cancer Research
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