News Briefing SchedulePress Office Hours and LocationEmbargo Policy and Access to AbstractsPress Policies and Registration Form
ASTRO’s Annual Meeting is the nation’s premier scientific meeting in radiation oncology and is expected to attract more than 11,000 attendees including oncologists from all disciplines, medical physicists, dosimetrists, radiation therapists, radiation oncology nurses and nurse practitioners, biologists, physician assistants, practice administrators, industry representatives and other health care professionals from around the world. Led by ASTRO President David C. Beyer, MD, FASTRO, the 2016 meeting is organized around the theme, “Enhancing Value, Improving Outcomes,” echoing growing calls from policy makers, physicians and patients for value-based health care. Dr. Beyer’s Presidential Symposium, “Prostate Cancer: Defining Value and Delivering It,” will feature Louis Potters, MD, FASTRO, and Jeff M. Michalski, MD, FASTRO, to highlight recent practice-changing landmark studies and current developments in the value-based care for prostate cancer.
The four-day scientific meeting will feature presentation of nearly 2,400 abstracts, including more than 350 oral presentations. Three keynote addresses will examine various aspects of value in health care, such as safety, quality and access. Keynote speakers include Kathleen Sebelius, former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services (Monday, September 26); Thomas James Lynch Jr., MD, chair and chief executive officer, Massachusetts General Physicians Organization (Tuesday, September 27, 2016); and Jason Ragogna, general manager, SMS and Safety Alliances, Corporate Safety, Security, and Compliance, Delta Air Lines, Inc. (Wednesday, September 28, 2016). Concurrent with the scientific and educational program, more than 200 exhibitors will demonstrate the latest cutting-edge technology and medical device innovations for radiation oncology.
ASTRO news briefings will highlight research presented at the Annual Meeting. A news briefing on Sunday, September 25, 2016 with ASTRO President David C. Beyer, MD, FASTRO, will provide an overview of the meeting and report progress on ASTRO initiatives. News briefings on Monday and Tuesday, September 26 and 27, will feature top-rated abstracts selected from the general program. A final briefing schedule will be announced in September.
Registered press working remotely will be able to access live audio and slides from the news briefings and ask questions virtually. All presenter slides, high resolution photos and an audio recording will be posted here following each briefing.
Registered press are welcome in the on-site press office, located in room 151A of the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. The on-site press office will be open during the following hours (all EST):
Media inquiries and questions about the press program and press office may be directed to Liz Gardner, Media Relations Manager for ASTRO, 703-286-1600. The on-site press room in Scottsdale may be reached during open hours at 480-905-7934 or 480-905-7935.
All abstracts to be presented at ASTRO’s 58th Annual Meeting, September 25-28, 2016, are embargoed until the date and time of scientific presentation or presentation at an ASTRO news briefing, whichever occurs first. The embargo policy applies to all abstracts regardless of whether information is obtained from another source. Failure to abide by the embargo policy may result in suspension of credentials at ASTRO’s 2016 Annual Meeting as well as future meetings and may also impact the ability to receive advance media materials for future meetings. If you have any questions about the embargo policy, please contact ASTRO’s Media Relations Manager, Liz Gardner at 703-286-1600.
The full text of the abstracts selected for oral and poster presentation are available on the Annual Meeting Online Conference Planner and ASTROmobile beginning Sunday, September 25, 2016. All abstracts will be published in a supplement of the International Journal of Radiation Oncology•Biology•Physics (www.redjournal.org).
ASTRO provides complimentary registration to professional journalists representing media organizations for the express purpose of gathering news and information to produce press coverage of the symposium. Complimentary registration is open to representatives of print, broadcast and web-based media, including health care trade media (collectively known as press), as well as public information officers from educational institutions, government agencies and nonprofit cancer research organizations presenting research at the 2016 ASTRO Annual Meeting.
Press Registration FormPress Housing Request
To register as press, journalists must submit a completed press registration form and any additional information as specified below.
For medical publishing companies, the publication must meet the following criteria to obtain press access:
For online news outlets (including blogs), the news-making organization or private blog must meet the following criteria to obtain press access:
Public relations, marketing and/or advertising representatives, financial analysts, book publishers and book authors, and individuals from communications, print or online promotion services are welcome to register as regular attendees, however, they are not permitted to register as press.
ASTRO reserves the right to bar from this and future meetings any journalist who fails to adhere to these policies or who misuses his/her press privileges to engage in activities other than journalistic pursuits.