PacRim Breast & Prostate Cancer Meeting
The PacRim Breast and Prostate Cancer Meetings are an international conference series aimed to foster collaboration and improve the understanding, management and prevention of breast and prostate cancer.
The meetings bring together world experts, both scientific and clinical, to address the most recent developments in the field of breast and prostate cancer. The conference goal is to identify and discuss critical issues necessary to progress the field.
In 2004 the highly successful inaugural Pacific Rim (PacRim) Breast and Prostate Cancer Meeting was held in Adelaide, Australia. The aim of the conference was to bring together, in an informal setting, clinicians and scientists interested in breast and prostate cancer, initially from Australia and the West Coast of North America. The meeting was structured to allow ample time for discussion of critical issues relating to improving the understanding, management and prevention of breast and prostate cancer, as well as providing an opportunity to develop collaborative studies.
- Meetings to Date
- 1st PacRim Breast and Prostate Cancer Meeting - 2004, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
- 2nd PacRim Breast and Prostate Cancer Meeting - April 2005, University of Southern California, Department of Preventive Medicine and Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, Palm Springs, California, USA
- 3rd PacRim Breast and Prostate Cancer Meeting - November 2006, Fraser Island, Queensland, Australia
- 4th PacRim Breast and Prostate Cancer Meeting - August 2008, Whistler, British Columbia, Canada
- 5th PacRim Breast and Prostate Cancer Meeting - May 2011, Mantra on Salt Beach, Kingscliff, New South Wales, Australia
- 6th PacRim Breast and Prostate Cancer Meeting - August 2015, Skamania Lodge, Stevenson, Washington, USA
All attendees of a PacRim Breast and Prostate Cancer Meeting are formally invited and each has an active role in the program as a chairperson, speaker, discussant, moderator or debater. Attendees are expected to stay for the duration of the meeting and fully participate in the program to ensure ample opportunity for discussion, development of collaborations, and interaction with other attendees, particularly students and trainees.
The series aims to offer topical sessions comprised of short talks that will challenge existing paradigms, address critical issues and look to where the field should be heading to better understand and improve outcomes for these diseases. Presentations are meant to be catalysts for discussion rather than for reporting data. Interactive poster sessions, over wine and cheese, complement the meeting and provide a stage for students and post-doctoral fellows.
- The Ron Ross Award & Oration
This prestigious award and oration is announced at each PacRim Breast and Prostate Cancer Meeting. It was instigated at the 3rd PacRim Meeting following the untimely death of Professor Ron Ross, a world leader in hormone carcinogenesis and a founder of PacRim. The Oration and cash award of $15,000 ensures a world class recipient in either breast or prostate cancer, which is decided by an independent international committee and announced at the meeting.