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The first Annual Meeting was held in Princeton University August 10 - 13

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Molecular Therapeutics of Cancer Research Conference

Princeton University, August 10 - 13, 2008

REPORT

Co-sponsored by the Cancer Molecular Therapeutics Research Association and Princeton University

Conference Highlights

We were really pleased with our first meeting – attendance levels exceeded expectations, we had a good mix of people from academia and industry (including practicing clinicians and students, post-docs / fellows) and 23 great speakers, all in the great academic setting of Princeton University, New Jersey.

But don’t just take our word for it. Here are some of the highlights from the 2008 meeting, including feedback from attendees.

Attendance

103 attended the meeting, including 22 students. A total of 44 different organizations / institutions were represented.

51% of attendees were from industry, 44% were from academia and 5% were from government agencies.

Student Travel Awards

We have always encouraged students, post-docs and fellows to participate and this year was no different. In addition to discounted registration fees, we awarded 6 travel awards to students, post-docs and fellows. The award covered registration fees and a contribution towards travel costs.

The following individuals received an award:

Poster Sessions

21 people presented posters during social sessions on the Monday and Tuesday evenings. In line with our “off the record” policy prohibiting publication of proceedings, photography or tape records of sessions, abstracts were not produced.
The CMTRA Officers selected the best 4 posters from junior investigators and these people were asked to present a short talk about their poster. The poster winners were:

These individuals were awarded a free place at next year’s conference.

Feedback on Program & Scientific Sessions

Specific comments in response to “What was the best part of the meeting?” included

Feedback on Registration Process & Princeton’s Facilities

Additional Comments

“I was amazed by the ‘dynamic discussions’ – very interactive, encouraging (eventually) meeting. Thanks to the organizers.”

“This is a terrific conference.”

“I very much enjoyed the conference and am looking forward to next year. The format encourages interaction, even for more reserved people like myself.”

“Really enjoyed the mix of academia and industry, both in attendees and talks.”

“Great location, schedule was a bit packed. Having one afternoon open for other activities would help. Size of meeting was perfect for fostering good discussions and contacts.”

“Banquet was great. Much better than a Gordon conference. Princeton great choice to keep costs down, but maintain high quality meeting rooms and food”.

“Very impressive meeting.”

“Thank you for a great meeting.”

“Met some great people.”

“Enjoyed it majorly, well done.”

Suggestions for Future Topics / Future Meetings

We’ve had lots of suggestions for future topics / meetings and are looking at developing the 2009 program to incorporate as many ideas as possible. If there’s a particular topic, or speaker, you’re interested in then please victor.aguilar@nationwidechildrens.org