Seventh International Congress on Targeted Therapies in Cancer

Physicians' Education Resource
Last Modified: June 1, 2008

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Conference Dates: August 22-24, 2008
Conference Location: Washington, DC

Sponsoring Group: Physicians' Education Resource

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Topics Covered: The Seventh International Congress on Targeted Therapies in Cancer has been designed to provide participants with cutting-edge information on the novel targeted anticancer therapies that are being developed, highlighting the mechanisms of action of and the most current clinical data on those agents. The congress will detail the multiple signaling pathways that are disrupted in cancer as well as novel targeted approaches that specifically affect aberrant signaling in tumor cells, such as PI3K, Akt, and Src inhibitors; agents directed against receptor tyrosine kinases such as insulin-like growth factor receptor and c-Met receptor; agents targeting angiopoietin and the tumor stroma; heat shock protein inhibitors; agents disrupting the cell cycle, cell division, and DNA repair processes; agents targeting molecules involved in developmental pathways; and agents that harness the body’s own immune system to combat neoplastic disease. The congress will also cover novel therapeutic and drug discovery platforms and will explore efforts to finetune monoclonal antibody effectiveness through combinatorial approaches. Furthermore, the impact on future therapeutic strategies of customizing cancer treatment based on the molecular properties of the tumor will be debated. As the burgeoning field of targeted therapies continues to evolve, there is a clear need for physicians to be continuously updated on the most recent efficacy and safety data on these new classes of agents. This congress will use didactic learning and panel discussions to provide an educational program that allows physicians to keep abreast of these rapid developments.

Summarize the key issues in biologic target identification and validation and the efficient development of novel anticancer therapeutics Define the rationale for and evaluate clinical data on agents targeting growth factor receptors such as insulin-like growth factor receptor and c-Met receptor Describe signaling through intracellular pathways and assess the feasibility of heat shock protein inhibitors, PI3K inhibitors, and Akt/Src inhibitors as anticancer agents Review immunotherapeutic strategies employed in the treatment of lung cancer, breast cancer, and melanoma Compare the drug discovery platforms that are being developed to analyze promising novel targeted agents Identify the potential for use of stem cells in anticancer therapy Assess the feasibility of agents, such as Notch and hedgehog inhibitors, that target cellular components involved in developmental processes in anticancer therapy Review current data correlating different biomarkers with response to EGFR-targeted therapy and resistance to HER2-targeted therapy Illustrate the potential of monoclonal antibody therapy in targeting cell surface receptors involved in cancer pathogenesis Discuss the mechanisms of action of and evaluate clinical data on agents targeting the tumor microenvironment Explain the potential of biomarkers in predicting response to treatment with antiangiogenic agents

Who Should Attend: This educational program is directed toward medical oncologists, translational researchers (both MDs and PhDs), drug developers from academia and industry, and other persons interested in cancer drug development.

Registration Information: A cancellation fee of 25% will be assessed on refunds requested prior to July 22, 2008, and a 50% cancellation fee will be applied to requests between July 22, 2008, and August 8, 2008. No refunds will be made after August 8, 2008. There is no charge for substitution. * INDUSTRY is defined by PER as any person employed by a for-profit organization, including biotech, financial, and pharmaceutical. Industry registrations cannot be processed online. To request attendance at a congress, registration can be submitted via fax, phone, or e-mail. For more information, e-mail us at

Conference Fees: Physicians $295.00, Fellows, Nurses, Pharmacists, Other $195.00, Industry* $995.00

Continuing Education: Yes. Physicians: Physicians’ Education Resource is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Physicians’ Education Resource designates this educational activity for a maximum of 20.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Physician Assistants: AAPA accepts category 1 credit from AOACCME, Prescribed credit from AAFP, and AMA Category 1 CME credit for the PRA from organizations accredited by the ACCME.



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