Published in the November 2012 Newsletter

Young Investigators to Present Diverse Clinical and Translational Research at Group Meeting

The 12th Annual ECOG Young Investigator Symposium (now known as the ECOG-ACRIN Young Investigator Symposium) will take place in conjunction with the full ECOG-ACRIN Fall 2012 Group Meeting, which will be held on November 9-11, 2012 at the Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa in Hollywood, FL.

This year, Joseph A. Sparano, MD, Program Chair for the ECOG-ACRIN Young Investigator Symposium, has selected eight abstracts to be presented at the Symposium. All registered meeting attendees are invited to attend the presentations on Friday, November 9, 2012 from 1 to 3 PM in Room 307. A buffet luncheon will be conveniently located in or near the room.

It is a tradition of the Symposium to honor two of the presenters with awards of distinction—one award in the clinical research category, and the other in the translational research category.  This year’s winners will be announced at the General Session on Saturday, November 10, 2012 at 6:30 PM.

The purpose of the Symposium, which started in 2001, is to recognize promising young clinical investigators and expose them to cooperative group research opportunities early in their careers.  The award provides a forum for the selected investigators to present their research in a formal manner and obtain feedback. Their oral presentations bring interesting ideas and novel approaches of young scientists from across a variety of disciplines to the attention of the ECOG-ACRIN community.  While attending the Group meeting, the selected investigators are given access to the educational sessions for clinical professionals, and they have many professional networking opportunities.

To be eligible to submit an abstract for consideration, an individual must:

  • Have an MD, PhD, RN, or other professional degree
  • Have completed postgraduate training within the last 10 years or currently be receiving postgraduate training
  • Be engaged in either cancer-related research or noncancer-related research that has application to cancer biology, prevention, screening, diagnosis, or treatment; the focus of the topic must be clinical, translational, or basic science research

Abstracts are accepted from qualified individuals working in institutions that are members of the ECOG-ACRIN Cancer Research Group or other cooperative groups in the National Clinical Trials Network, which is sponsored by the National Cancer Institute. Although institutional membership in ECOG-ACRIN is encouraged among young investigators interested in the Symposium, it is not a requirement.

The call for abstracts for next year’s meeting will occur in the summer of 2013.

Meet the 2012 ECOG-ACRIN Young Investigator Symposium Presenters

2012 Young Investigator Presenters