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2011 Spring Meeting Event -- Cosbie Lecture

We are very pleased to announce Dr. Bernard Cummings as the 2011 "Cosbie Lecturer".

The title of Dr. Cumming's talk is "Radiation Therapy, Rectal Cancer and Clinical Trials: Lessons and Opportunities."

The Cosbie Lecture is scheduled for Saturday, 30 April 2011 at 5:00 pm at the Delta Chelsea Hotel in Toronto. We encourage all Spring Meeting participants to attend this important lecture.

Dr. Cummings graduated M.B.,Ch.B. from Otago University in New Zealand. He trained in clinical and radiation oncology in Christchurch, New Zealand, at the Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto, and at the Royal Marsden Hospital in London, England. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, the Royal Australia and New Zealand College of Radiologists, and the Royal College of Radiologists of the United Kingdom. He has been a staff radiation oncologist at the Princess Margaret Hospital, Toronto, since 1974, and was Head of the Department of Radiation Oncology from 1991 to 2001. He is a Professor in the Department of Radiation Oncology at the University of Toronto, and was the first Chair of that department from 1991 to 2001.

He is a Fellow of the American Society for Radiation Oncology, and an Honorary Member of the European Society for Therapeutic Radiation and Oncology. He is a former President of the Canadian Association of Radiation Oncologists, and of the International Society of Radiation Oncologists.

He has been involved with NCIC since 1980, and has served on several grant review panels, ACOR, and the Board of NCIC (2000 to 2007). He is currently a member of the Canadian Cancer Trials Group's Clinical Trials Committee. He was a member of the CCO Program in Evidence-Based Medicine GI Tumor Site Committee from 1996 to 2007.

His clinical and research interests are in gastrointestinal cancers, particularly rectal and anal cancers, and in head and neck cancers. He is active in organizing and participating in teaching programs in radiation oncology in developing countries. He has been an advisor to the World Health Organization on patient safety in radiation therapy, and to the International Atomic Energy Agency on radiation therapy for rectal cancer in developing countries.

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