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First Combined Conference of the North American Association of Central Cancer Reg

Betsy A Kohler

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National Cancer Institute (NIH)
The goal of this application is to convene for the first time a congress of cancer surveillance experts from around the world at a joint conference of the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries (NAACCR) and the International Association of Central Cancer Registries (IACR). NAACCR has hosted the most influential and informative annual scientific conference for cancer surveillance scientists in North America since 1987. The NAACCR Annual Conference is attended by approximately 400 cancer registry professionals from across North America drawing from all population-based Central cancer registries, cancer surveillance organizations and universities. It is the largest meeting of its kid for state-based cancer registries to participate in the advancement of cancer surveillance science, learn new techniques, exchange information, and develop efficient and cost-effective work practices. Meanwhile IACR has hosted 34 annual meetings in the international arena, to discuss issues related to cancer surveillance worldwide. We plan to bring this group together for the first time to spark international collaboration, creative problem solving, a forum for the exchange of scientific ideas, and ultimately to improve cancer surveillance worldwide by developing plans to make the data more comparable, useful, and informative. The objective of this conference grant is to: Convene a conference for scientific world leaders to demonstrate advances in research and methods in cancer surveillance and discuss methods to improve comparability and utility of data globally. This conference is relevant to the NCI mission by providing training in cancer surveillance and supporting cancer control through accurate data. Cancer surveillance data (i.e. SEER data) forms the backbone of countless cancer research studies each year. The methods used will be the planning and implementation of a world-class scientific conference, with workshops, break-out sessions, panel discussions keynotes, plenaries, and posters. Opportunities for class room learning, lecture, sharing of scientific results, debate and networking will play an important role in achieving the objective. In addition, we plan to encourage attendance at both meetings by subsidizing registration for delegates from under- resourced countries. This conference provides an excellent opportunity for participation by groups that are often underrepresented in science, namely women and minority groups. Women make up the majority of delegates at NAACCR and IACR meetings and representation comes from every state and province in North America, and hundreds of countries.

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