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7th INCTR MEETING 2007

INCTR's Annual Meeting 2007 was held from March 1st - 4th in São Paulo, Brazil at the Blue Tree Hotel in Ibirapuera, São Paulo and was hosted by INCTR's Brazil Branch. Approximately 165 participants from 35 countries attended the 2007 meeting. The meeting began on the afternoon of March 1st and included the INCTR Award Lectures, the President's Annual Report, Program Reports, a report from INCTR's Special Panel of the Advisory Board, and the Members' Forum. Days two through four began with early morning "Meet the Expert" sessions on a variety of topics - data on cancer control from developing countries, cancer registration, pathology, management of selected cancers, oncology nursing, ethics in pediatric research, psychological support for cancer patients, and palliative care. Participants convened together for Key Note lectures. Dr. Ian Magrath, President of INCTR spoke on "The Global Cancer Problem", Dr Eduardo Cazap of SLACOM spoke on "The Cancer Problem in Latin America: From Knowledge to Practice, Dr Gilberto Schwartzman from the Federal University Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil spoke on "Tobacco Control in Brazil", Francis Crawley of the GCP Alliance spoke on "Data and Ethics" and Frans Dhaenens of the Agfa-Gevaert Group spoke on the "Role of Information Technology in Education, Patient Care and Research in Low Resource Settings".

The main conference themes for Annual Meeting 2007 were Global Cancer Control, Pediatric Oncology in Developing Countries (the My Child Matters program), and Cervical and Breast Cancers. Two workshops were held: a joint workshop with the European School of Oncology on the Non-Hodgkin Lymphomas, and a second organized by INCTR's Retinoblastoma Strategy Group on Retinoblastoma. On the final morning, a workshop on palliative care, organized by INCTR's PAX Program with the support of the American Cancer Society, was held.

Consensus panel discussions were held to develop specific recommendations or draw conclusions on two topics: Essential Cytotoxic Drugs: Cost, Quality and Availability and Traditional Medical Systems: Complementary or Detrimental.

In addition to the Award Lectures, INCTR gave special awards for the Best Pediatric Oncology Poster, Best Adult/Clinical Oncology Poster, and Special Achievements in Data Management. Five investigators were selected based on posters presented during the Annual Meeting to attend a workshop on Scientific Writing to be held later in 2007.

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