The Ron Ross Award Oration will be held on the Tuesday evening prior to the welcome reception. For those who are not aware, Ron died in April 2006 after being diagnosed just four months prior with a brain tumour. In addition to being head of Preventive Medicine and Deputy Director of the Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Southern California, Ron was a colleague and friend of many of us and integral to the success of the first two PacRim Meetings, being the convener of the second meeting in Palm Springs. It is intended to make a significant award in memory of Ron at this and future PacRim Meetings. The award will both acknowledge Ron's remarkable contribution in the field of hormonal carcinogenesis and also provide an opportunity to recognize significant contributions by others in the field. The recipient of the award will give the Ron Ross Oration on the first evening of the meeting prior to the welcome function. 

IIn addition to the Ron Ross Award and Oration on the opening evening, there will be a tribute to Ron Ross. This will include a range of speakers, including both colleagues of Ron and experts in the field of epidemiology, who will illustrate and comment on some of Ron's major contributions to the field of hormonal carcinogenesis.

The Ron Ross Award is sponsored by the foundation PacRim Meeting institutions. USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Centre, Garvan Institute for Medical Research, The Prostate Centre at Vancouver General Hospital and the Hanson Institute.


This year's PacRim Meeting will include a debate, as a stand alone function, again in a congenial setting with adequate refreshments to prime participants. The debate title is "Genomics: 8 years after sequencing of the human genome – Start of the Golden Age of Biology or Unfulfilled Hype".


Poster Abstract Instructions 2008


The program can be downloaded in PDF format in the following 2 options:

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Tuesday August 12
12:00 - 1:15 pm Lunch available at the Conference Centre
1:15 pm Welcome
1:30 - 3:15 pm Session 1: Biomarkers and patient care - Will they tell us who, when and how to treat?
3:15 - 3:45 pm Coffee
3:45 - 5:45 pm Session 2 - Major new initiatives – How do we tap into them?
6:45 - 7:45 pm Ron Ross Award presentation and oration
8:00 pm onwards Opening Reception (refreshments)
Wednesday August 13
7:00 - 8:00 am Continental Breakfast at the Conference Centre
8:00 - 9:50 am Session 3: What currently are the best therapeutic targets of hormone pathways?
9:50 - 10:20 am Coffee
10:20 am - 12:10 Session 4: Natural Products - Cancer Elixir or Snake Oil?
12:10 - 1:30 pm Lunch at Conference Centre
1:30 - 3:30 pm Session 5 - Genomics — drownging in data or finding our way?
3:30 - 4:00 pm Coffee
4:00 - 6:00 pm Poster Session 1 (drinks and snacks after 4:30)
7:00 - 9:00 pm Dinner Canadian style foods (Whistler Golf Course)
9:00 - 11:00 pm Poster Session 2 (after dinner drinks)
Thursday August 14
7:00 - 8:00 am Continental Breakfast at the Conference Centre
8:00 - 9:50 am Session 6 - How do cancers become resistant to hormone ablation therapies?
9:50 - 10:20 am Coffee
10:20 am - 12:20 Session 7 - Breast density, HRT and breast cancer risk
12:20 pm Lunch (own arrangements)
Free Afternoon activities
5:30 - 6:30 pm Poster Session 3 (drinks and nibbles)
6:30 - 7:00 pm Poster discussion and awards
7:00 - 8:00 pm Debate: "Genomics: 8 years after sequencing of the human genome
The Golden Age of Biology or Unfulfilled Hype?"
  Dinner (own arrangements)
Friday August 15  
7:00 - 8:00 am Continental Breakfast at the Conference Centre
8:00 - 9:50 am Session 8 - Will understanding the mechanism of ER and AR action lead to new and
better therapeutic targets?
9:50 - 10:20 am Coffee
10:20 am- 12:10 Session 9 - Experimental models – How closely do they portray the in vivo situation?
12:10 - 1:30 pm Lunch at the Conference Centre
1:30 - 3:20 pm Session 10: What's new in non-hormonal therapeutic strategies?
3:20 - 3:45pm Coffee
3:45 - 5:00 pm Session 11: Triaging pre-clinical discoveries: from hype to clinical reality
5:00 - 5:10 Closing Remarks
7:00 pm onwards Closing Party and Wine Contest (Mountain Top)
Saturday August 16
  Breakfast and Departures