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National Foundation for Cancer Research and the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences Host U.S.-China Symposium on State-of-Science Cancer Research and Future Direction for Global Collaboration

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BETHESDA, Md. /PRNewswire/ — The National Foundation for Cancer Research (NFCR) and the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences (CAMS) today announced that they will co-host a high-level symposium in Beijing November 4-6, 2012.
The U.S.-China Symposium on State-of-Science Cancer Research and Future Directions for Global Collaboration will bring together leading cancer researchers from the United States and China in an attempt to launch an actionable roadmap for international research collaboration that will accelerate innovative cancer research and discovery.
Leading cancer researchers from both academia and industry in China and the U.S. are committed to working together to create a platform of global collaboration for cancer drug-discovery and development.
This Symposium will be a transformative opportunity for shaping the future direction of cancer research in the U.S. and China. “Through stronger partnerships with our scientific and corporate colleagues in the United States, we hope to advance our efforts to build a more effective research platform for government and industry toward shared progress in research to cure cancer,” said Dr. Xuetao Cao, President of the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences and co-host of the Symposium.
The topics addressed at this Symposium will help build bridges between and among cancer researchers regardless of field or national boundaries. “Developing action plans that foster global collaboration in cancer research will both accelerate scientific discoveries and their development into new therapies,” said Franklin Salisbury, Jr. President of the National Foundation for Cancer Research and co-host of the Symposium.
“We salute this type of synergistic collaboration across international borders, and are pleased to be a part of this Symposium,” said Dr. Sujuan Ba, President of the Asian Fund for Cancer Research and sponsor. Other sponsors include: AstraZeneca, Eli Lilly, and Cancer Institute & Hospital Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences.
Symposium Speakers and Format
The two-day Symposium will bring together prominent cancer researchers from government, academia, and industry to create a platform for global collaboration in cancer research that will foster scientific innovation and discovery.
A Plenary Session will feature Chinese Minister of Health Zhu Chen, M.D., Ph.D, and Anna Barker, Ph.D, Director, Arizona State University Transformative Healthcare Networks and former Deputy Director of the U.S. National Cancer Institute (NCI).
Other leading scientists participating in the Symposium include:
Steven Averbuch M.D., Bristol Myers Squibb
Anahita Bhathena, Ph.D., Abbott Laboratories
Xuetao Cao, M.D, Ph.D., Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences
Webster Cavenee, Ph.D., Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research
Shujun Cheng, M.D., Cancer Institute & Hospital Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences
Yung-Chi Cheng, Ph.D., Yale University Medical School
Carlo Croce, M.D., Ohio State University Medical Center
Jianren Gu, M.D., Ph.D., Shanghai Cancer Institute, Shanghai Jiao Tong University
Xi-Shan Hao, M.D., Chinese Anti-Cancer Association; Tianjin Medical University Cancer Institute
Waun Ki Hong, M.D., MD Anderson Cancer Center
Susan Horwitz, Ph.D., Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Scott Patterson, Ph.D., Amgen
George Sledge, Jr., Ph.D., Indiana University School of Medicine
Yan Sun, M.D., Cancer Institute & Hospital Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences
Zhaoyou Tang, M.D., Liver Cancer Institute, Fudan University
Peter Vogt, Ph.D., The Scripps Research Institute
Qimin Zhan, M.D., Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences
Symposium Topics will include:
Pathway for New Therapy Development in China and Vision for International Collaboration
Global Clinical Development Networks: 21st Century Approach to Clinical Trials
Biobanking and its Critical Role in Translational Cancer Research
Traditional Chinese Medicines and Natural Products: New Paradigm for Treating Cancer
Biomarkers and Molecular Medicines
Cancer Genome: Developing Genetic-Based Cancer Therapies
A Collaborative Initiative to Conquer GBM—A Model for International Collaboration
For a complete Symposium Program, and to see the full list of speakers, visit http://www.NFCR.org/symposium.
This Symposium is open by invitation and to accredited media. Journalists are encouraged to register with Silas Deane at (01) 615-319-6007 or sdeane@nfcr.org.
About the National Foundation for Cancer Research
The National Foundation for Cancer Research is a leading charity dedicated to funding innovative cancer research worldwide. NFCR promotes and facilitates collaboration among scientists to accelerate the pace of discovery, and since 1973 NFCR has spent over $300 million funding the “high risk/high reward” research responsible for many breakthroughs in cancer research. NFCR is committed to solving cancer’s molecular mysteries, and translating these discoveries into new approaches to preventing, diagnosing and treating cancer. NFCR is about Research for a Cure—cures for all types of cancer. For more information, please visit http://www.NFCR.org.
About the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences
The Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences (CAMS) is the most important medical institution in China and is directly under the leadership of the Ministry of Health. The CAMS was created in 1956 by the Chinese government and was merged with Peking Union Medical College (PUMC) in Beijing. The mission of CAMS is to encourage high-quality research in biomedical science with the aim of improving people’s health and reducing the death rate, to offer the best clinical diagnoses and treatments for severe and rare diseases, to promote the transition of research to clinical applications, and to train first-rate medical professionals for research, clinical applications, and education. For more information, please visit, http://www.CAMS.ac.cn.
About the Asian Fund for Cancer Research
The Asian Fund for Cancer Research (AFCR) is committed to curing cancers that have significant impacts on Asian populations. Headquartered in Hong Kong, AFCR is dedicated to bridging the scientific and educational gaps in cancer research and cancer prevention between Asian countries and the rest of the world, through promoting, coordinating and funding international collaboration in cancer research and public education. AFCR is devoted to reducing the incidence and increasing the survival rate of cancers in Asia. For more information, please visit http://www.AFCR.org.hk.
Media Contact: Silas Deane
(01) 615-319-6007
sdeane@nfcr.org
Source: National Foundation for Cancer Research

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