MISAM 2011: Montreal International Symposium on Angiogenesis and Metastasis (MISAM)

Venue: Delta Montreal Hotel

Location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Event Date/Time: Jun 15, 2011 End Date/Time: Jun 17, 2011
Registration Date: May 31, 2011
Early Registration Date: Apr 30, 2011
Abstract Submission Date: Apr 30, 2011
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It is with a great pleasure that we invite you to the Montreal International Symposium on Angiogenesis and Metastasis – MISAM 2011 – which will take place in historic and beautiful Montreal on June 15-17, 2011. The bi-annual MISAM meetings aim to bring together scientists working in the areas of angiogenesis and metastasis in order to tackle together current and pressing issues in the management of metastatic disease. MISAM 2009 focused on breast cancer and pediatric malignancies and was a frank success, bringing together over 200 scientists who met, shared ideas and debated the critical issues of the day. We plan for even more of this in 2011.

During cancer development, the engagement of the vascular system signifies progression from a local to a systemic disease with a ‘quantum leap’ in therapeutic challenges. Thus, angiogenesis and metastasis are deeply interconnected, both biologically and therapeutically. Indeed, new therapies directed at tumor angiogenesis are used in metastatic cancers with evidence of efficacy, but also yielding valuable lessons and providing reasons for caution. As scores of promising new therapeutics are making their way through basic, translational, clinical and pipeline research, there is a pressing need to intensify collective efforts to understand how these agents can become more effective, safer and potentially curative.

In spite of the rapid progress in targeted drug development, many important questions remain unanswered, and many challenges unmet. Considerable opportunities lie in bringing together distinct perspectives that have emerged in various areas of research on angiogenesis and metastasis. These may be highly complementary, but are often pursued as separate solitudes and infrequently brought under the same roof. The MISAM 2011 meeting will span the biological spectrum of angiogenesis and metastasis and focus the discussions on metastatic colorectal cancer, a disease for which anti-angiogenic agents have been the standard of care longer than for any other human cancer. Colorectal cancer remains a major cause of morbidity and mortality, being the second cause of cancer-related death worldwide. Experiences with targeted agents in this disease represent a unique opportunity to reflect on successes, failures and the lessons learned about the currently adopted paradigms.

MISAM 2011 is conceived as a creative interdisciplinary interface of academics, clinicians, industry experts and trainees to discuss the vascular dimensions of therapy in metastatic colorectal cancer, and as a larger paradigm for the management of malignant disease. These topics will be discussed by outstanding leading international and national speakers, and complemented by presentations from graduate and post-graduate trainees competing for the Phil Gold Scientist-In-Training Awards. The meeting will culminate in a round table discussion with the participation of clinician-scientists and the audience and will aim to reach a consensus on critical issues that emerge throughout the symposium.

We offer you a unique program filled with the latest advances as well as emerging concepts and ideas in key areas of angiogenesis and metastasis research. We hope to stimulate discussions that will continue outside the lecture halls and extend beyond the two-day symposium. Our city with its picturesque streets, world-renowned restaurants and long-standing tradition of thought, learning, science and humanism will provide the ideal surrounding for this exciting exchange of ideas.

We are looking forward to welcoming you to MISAM 2011 and Montreal


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