MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: understanding cancer-host dialogues for personalized cancer medicine

Dear Members of SIC, Colleagues and Friends,
It is our great pleasure to invite you to Bologna for the 54th Meeting of the Italian
Cancer Society, SIC, to be held October 1- 4, 2012. As always, the SIC Meeting
will gather Italian scientists active in all major areas of cancer research who wish
to present their new findings and to interact with Italian colleagues and distinguished
International guests.
“Mission [im]possible”, the title of the 2012 Meeting, echoing the famous series
of action movies, stresses the challenges of researchers, not only to devise novel
cures for highly malignant cancers, but also to ensure the effective translation
from promising preclinical results to effective clinical approaches. We are confident
that the novel results and ideas to be presented at the Meeting will significantly
contribute to remove the prefix [im] from [im]possible.
The backbone of the meeting will be symposia, lectures, oral presentation sessions
and poster discussions, covering the most exciting topics in basic, translational,
and clinical research. Traditional SIC events will be the joint SIC-AIOM
session and the Giorgio Prodi memorial lecture, awarded to an internationally
recognized Italian investigator. We are indebted to members of the Local Scientific
Committee and of the SIC Board who shaped a fresh and exciting scientific
Young investigators are especially invited to participate also taking advantage of
the many dedicated initiatives, including a two-hour pre-meeting that this year
will be dedicated to discuss challenges in obtaining research grants, the “Piero
Trivella” Prizes for best posters, the “Elena Cappannini” Award for the best
publication, and the Pezcoller Foundation scholarship.
The Meeting venue will be the Rizzoli Orthopaedic Institute, a scientific healthcare
institution that comprises treatment and research. Founded in 1896, in
the monastic complex of San Michele in Bosco on the hill close to the Bologna
center it offers visitors the opportunity of admiring its fascinating architecture,
frescos and other works of art from the XVI and XVII centuries.
We hope you will contribute to the outstanding and novel ideas that the 2012
SIC Meeting will offer by registering early and submitting an abstract within
May 31st, 2012. We look forward to welcoming you all in Bologna!
+ show speakers and program
Fernando Aguilar
ANSES, National Agency of Health Security,
Maisons-Alfort Cedex, France
Lucia Altucci
“Second” University of Naples, Italy
Gustavo Baldassarre
CRO-IRCCS, National Cancer Institute, Aviano,
Pordenone, Italy
Alberto Bardelli
Institute for Cancer Research and Treatment,
University of Turin, Candiolo, Italy
Antonino Belfiore
University of “Magna Graecia”, Catanzaro, Italy
Mario P. Colombo
IRCCS National Cancer Institute, Milan, Italy
Pietro Comba
ISS, Institute of Health, Rome, Italy
Lucio Crinò
“Santa Maria Della Misericordia” Hospital,
Perugia, Italy
Maurizio D’Incalci
“Mario Negri” Institute for Pharmacological
Research, Milan, Italy
Riccardo Dalla Favera
Institute for Cancer Genetics, Columbia
University, New York, NY, USA
Giuseppe De Rosa
“Federico II” University of Naples, Italy
Yves A. De Clerck
Children’s Hospital, Los Angeles, CA, USA
Jonathan A. Fletcher
Brighman and Women’s Hospital,
Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA
Gianluca Gaidano
“Amedeo Avogadro” University of
Eastern Piedmont, Novara, Italy
Raffaella Giavazzi
“Mario Negri” Institute for Pharmacological
Research, Milan, Italy
Anna R. Giuliano
Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute,
Tampa, FL, USA
Guido Kroemer
INSERM, Institute Gustave Roussy,
Villejuif, France
Antonio Marchetti
“G. D’Annunzio” University-Foundation,
Chieti, Italy
Seamus J. Martin
Smurfit Institute of Genetics, Trinity College,
Dublin, Ireland
Maria G. Masucci
Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden
Moshe Oren
Weizmann Institute, Rehovot, Israel
Ugo Pastorino
IRCCS National Cancer Institute, Milan, Italy
Stefano A. Pileri
University of Bologna, Italy
Carola Ponzetto
University of Turin, Italy
Janusz Rak
McGill University, Children’s Hospital Research
Institute, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Laurence Zitvogel
INSERM, Institute Gustave Roussy,
Villejuif, France

1 Oct - 4 Oct 2012

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