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Spring Meeting Saturday Highlights

Canadian Cancer Trials Group Spring Meeting Highlights - General Meeting and Cosbie Lecture
Saturday, May 3, 2014
4:30 - 6:00 pm

General Meeting

As in past years, the General Meeting is an opportunity to update all Canadian Cancer Trials Group members on the "State of the Group." This year, the General Meeting will see Dr. Elizabeth Eisenhauer, Interim Director, look back over the last year or so highlighting some of the accomplishments of the Group. Dr. Janet Dancey, the Group's new Incoming Director, will then take the stage for a look ahead at the opportunities and challenges the Group will look forward to tackling over the next several years.

W.G. Cosbie Lecture

We are very pleased to announce Dr. Ian Tannock as the 2014 "Cosbie Lecturer". The title of Dr. Tannock's talk is "Whither (or Wither?) the Randomised Clinical Trial?"

Dr. Tannock is Professor of Medicine and Medical Biophysics at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre and University of Toronto. He obtained his PhD in London, England and his MD at University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA. His clinical research investigates methods related to cancer clinical trials, and he chaired trials for men with metastatic prostate cancer that led to licensing of previous (mitoxantrone) and current (docetaxel) standard chemotherapy.

His laboratory research evaluates effects of the tumour microenvironment on outcome of cancer therapy. He is an editor of the Basic Science of Oncology textbook, now in its 5th edition, that is used by trainees in all branches of oncology. Dr. Tannock was a member of the Board of Directors of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) from 2001-2004. He received the alumnus award from M.D. Anderson Hospital, Houston, USA (1989), the Warwick Prize from the National Cancer Institute of Canada (2003), an honorary degree (DSc) from London University, UK (2009), and the European Society of Medical Oncology (ESMO) award (2012), the first non-European to receive this award. He chairs the scientific audit committee of the European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC) and is a member of the EORTC Board.

Dr. Tannock was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada in December 2013.

More information about the Cosbie Lecture, about Dr. W.G. Cosbie after whom the lecture was named, and a listing of past lecturers can be found at