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Immune Regulation in Autoimmunity and Cancer
Whistler, British Columbia
March 26 to 30

Organized by Keystone Symposia, this meeting will explore and contrast the underlying immune mechanisms resulting in autoimmunity and tumour evasion. The meeting is innovative in bringing together basic immunologists investigating mechanisms of tolerance with scientists exploring immune mechanisms of autoimmunity and cancer. It will cover the pathways in immunity and tolerance that lead to loss of immunologic control, dysregulated immune responses and chronic inflammatory disease or tumour evasion. Contact: Heather Ford at Keystone Symposia. Tel: 1-800-253-0685; Email:; Website:

Canadian Association of Pharmacy in Oncology Conference
Banff, Alberta
April 20 to 23

Plenary presentations will look at issues such as the lasting impact of childhood cancers, medically assisted dying, and the cost of prescription drugs. Concurrent sessions include administrative, clinical, research and technician streams, with presentations looking at integrative oncology practice, making sense of survival analysis, chemotherapy-related cardiac dysfunction, and much more. A number of sponsored satellite sessions are also scheduled, dealing with topics such as biosimilars, the pharmacist’s role in immune checkpoint inhibition, and treatment strategies in HER-2 positive breast cancer. Contact: Tel: 778-338-4142; Email:; Website:

Canadian Association of Medical Oncology Annual Scientific Meeting
Toronto, Ontario
April 27

Dr. Ros Juergens and Dr. Krista Noonan are cochairing the meeting, which includes sessions on physician-assisted dying, a review of immunotherapy, including its implementation in community practice, and more. Contact: Tel: 613-415-6033; Email:; Website:

Canadian Association of Psychosocial Oncology Annual Meeting
Vancouver, British Columbia
May 3 to 5

This year’s conference is built around the theme: “Practice, Research and Leadership: Weaving It All Together.” It will explore interrelationships between leadership, clinical excellence and translational research in providing the best cancer care and psychosocial support for cancer patients, family members and survivors. Among the keynote speakers is Preston Guno from the BC Cancer Agency, who is a member of the Nisga’a Nation and will be discussing health system recognition of the critical role culture plays in patient care. Contact: Tel: 416-968-0207; Email:; Website:

IMPAKT 2017 Breast Cancer Conference
Brussels, Belgium
May 4 to 6

This conference of the Breast International Group (BIG) and European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) is designed in collaboration with a multidisciplinary alliance of European breast cancer organizations. It is intended for breast cancer researchers and clinicians who have a specific interest in translational research, new agents, molecular and functional diagnostics, biomarkers and cutting-edge research applications in the clinical setting. Main themes include: new therapeutic strategies for endocrine-dependent tumours, immunotherapy and predictive markers of response, liquid biopsies, DNA repair and epigenetics, and innovative clinical trial methodologies. Contact: Tel: +41 (0)91 973 19 00; Email:; Website:

European Lung Cancer Conference
Geneva, Switzerland
May 5 to 8

This conference is a collaborative effort of the most important multidisciplinary societies representing thoracic oncology specialists. The main themes at this year’s conference are new IASLC staging, ESMO recommendations, first-line immunotherapy, biomarkers and combination approaches, SCLC and mesothelioma. Contact: Valentina Gala. Tel: +41 (0)91 973 1962; Website:

American Society of Clinical Oncology Annual Meeting
Chicago, Illinois
June 2 to 6

The ASCO Annual Meeting debates and papers will cover the latest news in clinical and translational science in the areas of cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment. Topic streams include a broad range of cancer sites, as well as health services research and quality of care, clinical pharmacology and experimental therapeutics, and survivorship care. Contact: ASCO customer service, Tel: 888-282-2552; Email:; Website:

Annual Meeting of the Canadian Association of Pathologists
Charlottetown, PEI
June 10 to 13

The CAP-ACP Annual Meeting consists of workshops and symposia. Workshops will look at ways of enhancing the pathologist’s role in the clinical team, precision diagnostics and personalized medicine, emerging technologies, and trends in various malignancies. Abstracts for poster and oral presentations may be submitted until February 28, 2017. Contact: Tel: 613-507-8528; Email:; Website:

Canadian Urological Association Annual Meeting
Toronto, Ontario
June 24 to 27

This 72nd edition of the CUA conference will cover a broad range of urologic diseases, including prostate, bladder and kidney cancers, as well as side effects arising from their treatment. The CUA is also, for the first time, joining forces with the Urology Nurses of Canada to host the Urology Excellence Conference on June 24 as part of its meeting. Contact: Tel: 514-395-0376; Email:; Website:

World Congress on Gastrointestinal Cancer
Barcelona, Spain
June 28 to July 1

This conference covers malignancies affecting every component of the gastrointestinal tract and aspects related to the care of patients with gastrointestinal cancer, including screening, diagnosis and the latest management options for common and uncommon tumours. The deadline for abstract submissions is March 6, 2017. Contact: Tel: +1 678 242 0906; Email:; Website:

International Conference on Cancer Nursing
Anaheim, California
July 9 to 12

ICCN offers a unique opportunity to meet with international cancer nursing leaders from around the world. The theme for ICCN 2017 is “Merging Research and Practice Across the Globe.” Among the topics are advances in treatment development, comparative effectiveness research, health disparities, working with NGOs, palliative and end-of-life care, and survivorship and symptom management. Contact: International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care Head Office. Tel: 604-630-5516; Email:; Website:

Canadian Association of Radiation Oncology Annual Scientific Meeting
Toronto, Ontario
September 13 to 16

This meeting is intended for radiation oncologists, medical physicists, researchers, oncology nurses, administrators and trainees. It may be of interest to other healthcare professionals involved in the care of oncology patients. Contact: Tel: 905-415-3917; Email:; Website:
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