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2019 MASCC Distinguished Service Award - Rachel Gibson

2019    Rachel Gibson, PhD, is the recipient of MASCC’s 2019 Distinguished Service Award. The DSA, MASCC’s highest honor, is made in recognition of meritorious achievement and outstanding contributions to the society. Candidates are nominated by their peers in recognition of exemplary leadership and accomplishments in support of MASCC’s mission and goals. Rachel has just been appointed inaugural Professor and Director, Allied Health in the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences at the University of Adelaide, a position that will commence in July 2019. She is also Co-Head of the Cancer Treatment Toxicities Group at the Adelaide Medical School and previously served as Professor and Academic Dean in the Division of Health Sciences, University of South Australia.

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2019 Annual Meeting Highlights & Reminders

2019 The 2019 MASCC/ISOO Annual Meeting offers an exciting variety of sessions and speakers.

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MASCC/ISOO 2019 Plenary Sessions

2019    This year’s Annual Meeting will feature three plenary sessions focusing on digital health, treatment toxicities, and sexual health.

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2019 MASCC/ISOO Annual Meeting Workshops

2019    Four workshops will be offered at the 2019 MASCC/ISOO Annual Meeting in San Francisco. Unlike recent years, these workshops will take place at different times and are scheduled throughout the scientific program, rather than all on one morning. Also, these workshops will not require a separate fee in addition to Meeting registration. All registered attendees are welcome to attend any or all workshops.

Mucositis Research: Pain Management — Friday, June 21, 3:40 - 5:10 PM
The overall goal of this workshop is to bring together basic, translational, and clinical researchers in an exciting and interactive setting to advance the understanding of mucositis mechanisms and management. This year, the theme of the workshop is management of mucositis-associated pain. The program includes presentations by experts about the latest state of the science in mucositis research and an opportunity for young investigators to present their work to an expert audience for specialized feedback and research advice. The workshop will also provide a basis for face-to-face discussions regarding collaborative research, the development of international research networks, and the development of links with multidisciplinary teams to pursue new research opportunities.
Chair: Sharon Elad, DMD, MSc

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How to Hold a Best of MASCC Meeting

2019    MASCC is pleased to announce a formal policy and application process for Best of MASCC Meetings. A Best of MASCC Meeting is a MASCC-endorsed conference held in a region or continent other than that of the Annual Meeting and comprising selected Annual Meeting presentations. The goal of the Best of MASCC program is to disseminate the most recent advances and guidelines in supportive care in cancer to healthcare professionals on a local level, who are unable to attend the Annual Meeting. Holding a Best of MASCC Meeting requires formal application and approval by the MASCC Executive Committee. Criteria include that all speakers be MASCC members, that the content address supportive cancer care topics, and that the meeting be appropriate for a multidisciplinary audience. In support of Best of MASCC Meetings, abstracts and slides from the Annual Meeting will be provided by MASCC, contingent on permission from presenters at the MASCC/ISOO Annual Meeting. For more information about criteria and application, see Best of MASCC Meetings at our website.

The Search for Mechanisms Underlying Fatigue Through Gene Expression Profiling

2016    Kord Kober, PhD, is this year’s winner of the Fatigue Study Group’s Junior Investigator Award for his research on gene expression profiling of inflammation and immune response pathways in breast cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy. In July, Kord and his colleagues, including MASCC members Christine Miaskowski and Judy Mastick, published their paper, “Gene Expression Profiling of Evening Fatigue in Women Undergoing Chemotherapy for Breast Cancer,” in Biological Research for Nursing. The report contains extensive details regarding methodology and gene expression analyses that we cannot include here, but the paper is available for free download.*

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Dr. Ian Olver presented an evaluation of a Digital Clinical Practice Guidelines Project undertaken by Cancer Council Australia

2013    At the MASCC/ISOO 2013 International Cancer Care Symposium in Berlin, Dr. Ian Olver presented an evaluation of a Digital Clinical Practice Guidelines Project undertaken by Cancer Council Australia, of which he is Chief Executive Officer.

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