Apr 10, 2014 - 1:07 pm
Hi All..! I had not posted much here, and it is time.. I just got back from the annual AACR conference in San Diego. American Association for Cancer Research. No, I won't be typing that out again here.. I attended this conference as a Survivor / Advocate, which got me there for FREE..!
There were in the range of 25,000 people.. not sure of the final number yet... but it was a lot..! And there were a bunch of different types of presentations. There were hour plus long seminars, there were 30 minute presentations, there was a large Vendor area, and my favorite the poster areas. There were 3 sections of the large ballroom with poster areas. Each poster area had like 30 poster boards times 30 rows, both sides.. a LOT of posters. The posters were up for half a day, then another group put up their posters. I doubt any of you would be surprized to hear my poster had motorcycles on them..!
OK, you name the topic and there was something there... every kind of Cancer, and hundreds of researchers with their own ideas. But this year there was a huge focus on Immunology.. Some / many.? think Immunology could end up being the..... CURE..! Now do not get over excited, Immunology has been around for about 100 years. And little to show for it in the past... It kind of went out of favor.. but it has been revived..! Keep in mind that it is hard to accept change.. we all know how hard it was when we heard those three words.. "You have Cancer.." The science world is not different.. a new idea often gets shunned.. And it gets worse.... you have people with many different back grounds and training.. Chemists, Biologists, Physicists, etc.. and they do not usually play well together... rarely do they collaberate. But there is a push for such collaborations to happen..! I won't even try to list all of the areas I looked at in just 3 days..
OK, so here is a link to some, only some of the presentations... not everything is on line yet.. and a lot will never be on line, as many were not recorded.
Now in case you have not been paying attention, my hot button surrounds CD47 and the possible upcoming Anti CD47 treatments. Here is a link to Dr Weissmann's 30 minutes session... much of which is not understandable by everyday people.. but if you sit through it you will hear tidbits of what you will understand.. and feel Dr W's enthusiasm for his work. He is not afraid to put himself out there and comment on others.. I like him..! And when you hear his opening about prior research getting shut down, then later you hear that he is working independent of outside influence, I think you will see he is trying to be as pure as an old guy can be... heh.. Here is a direct link to his talk...