BCM co-hosted breast conference draws large group of researchers

The annual San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, co-hosted by Baylor College of Medicine with Dr. Kent Osborne as the co-director, drew more than 7,000 researchers from across the world. 

Dr. Kent Osborne at the annual San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium

Dr. Kent Osborne at the annual San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium

The conference, co-hosted in collaboration with BCM, the American Association for Cancer Research and Research Center at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio, brought together researchers from around the world who presented new research all areas of breast cancer, including major reports on prevention, management and new treatment options.

The symposium is in its 36th year and is considered the world’s largest conference on breast cancer. BCM faculty members have had a long-standing history with the meeting, dating back to the very first one in 1978.

Osborne, director of the Lester and Sue Smith Breast Center and the NCI-designated Dan L. Duncan Cancer Center at BCM and co-director of the symposium, has been involved since 1978. Osborne was a faculty member at UTHSCA at the time the symposium started, before moving to BCM in 1999.

The meeting has been held in San Antonio every year. Osborne has served as a co-director of the symposium since 1992, and BCM a co-sponsor since 1999.

Smith Breast Center clinicians and researchers are involved in the organization, planning and preparations for the meeting throughout the year, and serve as moderators, panelists and forum leaders for the scientific, educational and career development programs.

Dr. Gary Chamness, professor in the Smith Breast Center, serves as program coordinator for the symposium.

The San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium

The San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium

BCM clinicians and researchers also get an opportunity to showcase their advances in breast cancer research.

This year BCM investigators were involved in 17 accepted abstracts to be presented at the meeting. Additionally, nine BCM investigators will present invited educational or forum talks, or serve as invited discussants.

Photos from the conference are available on the Smith Breast Center’s Facebook page.