San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium 2016 - A Trainees' View
The 39th annual San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium was held in December at the newly refurbished Henry B Gonzalez Convention Centre. This is an amazing world meeting, with over 8,000 delegates from around the world.
A particular strength of the conference is highlighting key advances in translational research and their relevance to clinical practice, emerging drugs and trials. It is super revision (in my case for thesis writing, but I am sure for the exam also) summarising pivotal papers in breast cancer genomics, endocrine resistance and tumour heterogeneity and a host of other topics. My conference highlights were the case discussion sessions – an opportunity for anyone to present a complex case to a panel of world experts, prompting lively, invigorating discussions and debate - fantastic to watch and learn!
The poster sessions are an excellent opportunity for presenting. They were either early morning (7-9am) or evening sessions (5-7pm), both times accompanied by plenty of free food with wine and beer in the evenings too. This encouraged people to walk around, mingle and ask lots of questions about your work - a fantastic opportunity for networking.
San Antonio as a city seems to have undergone somewhat a resurgence too, the redeveloped Riverwalk is host to lots of tourists with plenty restaurants and bars. It’s easily accessible from the UK, usually involving changes at Heathrow then Dallas or Austin. Hotels immediately beside the conference centre are very pricey, but just further out are a plethora of affordable and reasonable quality accommodation within easy walking distance or serviced by the conference shuttle bus.
Registration is only $150 for a resident or fellow, and free for students, including currently registered MD or PhD candidates. This is an intense but awesome 12 hours per day, 5 day meeting - the magnitude of which is like nothing else I have experienced. It’s a must go! Abstract deadline is usually June for the December meeting.
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