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ASTRO’s Annual Meeting, the nation’s premier scientific meeting in radiation oncology, attracted more than 11,000 attendees in 2016, 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 was 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,” featured Louis Potters, MD, FASTRO, and Jeff M. Michalski, MD, FASTRO, who highlighted recent practice-changing landmark studies and developments in value-based care for prostate cancer.
The four-day scientific meeting featured presentations of nearly 2,400 abstracts, including more than 350 oral presentations. Three keynote addresses examined various aspects of value in health care; speakers included 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 demonstrated the latest cutting-edge technology and medical device innovations for radiation oncology.
ASTRO news briefings highlight top studies presented at the Annual Meeting. Follow the links below for full audio, presenter slides and high resolution photos from each briefing.
Meeting Overview and Report on ASTRO InitiativesSunday, September 25, 2:45 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. ET
Features ASTRO President and incoming Chair David C. Beyer, MD, FASTRO
Refining Treatment DecisionsMonday, September 26, 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. ETModerator: George Rodrigues, MD, PhD, London Health Sciences Centre
Expanding Access to CareMonday, September 26, 10:30 a.m. -11:30 a.m. ETModerator: Brian Kavanagh, MD, MPH, FASTRO, University of Colorado
Advances in Prostate Cancer CareTuesday, September 27, 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. ETModerator: Colleen Lawton, MD, FASTRO, Medical College of WisconsinInnovations in RT DeliveryTuesday, September 27, 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. ETModerator: Geraldine Jacobson, MD, MPH, MBA, FASTRO, West Virginia University
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 Eastern time):
Media inquiries and questions about the press program and press office may be directed to ASTRO's media relations team at 703-286-1600.
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 team 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.
ASTRO provides an exclusive Virtual Press Room for ASTRO Corporate Members. The Corporate Member Virtual Press Room is the online gateway to the on- and off-site reporters who are covering ASTRO’s Annual Meeting. Materials must be specifically related to research and/or new products and services in the field of radiation oncology. Please note that there is not a physical, on-site Corporate Member Press Room, and printed materials will not be accepted for distribution. Contact ASTRO's media relations team at 703-286-1600 with any questions, or view the 2016 Corporate Member Virtual Press Room Guidelines.
ASTRO provides an exclusive Virtual Press Room for academic, public and private institutions presenting research at the Annual Meeting. The Institutional Virtual Press Room is the online gateway to the on- and off-site reporters who are covering ASTRO’s Annual Meeting. Please note that there is not a physical, on-site Institutional Press Room, and printed materials will not be accepted for distribution. Contact ASTRO's media relations team at firstname.lastname@example.org or 703-286-1600 with any questions, or view the 2016 Institutional Virtual Press Room Guidelines.