Join Us In Virginia in 2015!

Sarah SheaforDear Colleagues,

Welcome to NoVA (otherwise known as Northern Virginia), that wonderful place just where the “northern” part of Virginia meets Washington DC!

Tysons Corner, VA, just outside the infamous Beltway, was a designed community back when planners fully expected every person to have a car — and no one to walk or to need public transportation. The big draw of Tysons Corner at that time was its halfway position between Dulles International Airport and Washington DC, and its shopping mall (which was one of the originals, back when malls were new and exciting). Fast forward to today, and Tysons Corner joined the Washington DC Metro system in the fall of 2014. So, it is now a convenient location, close to Dulles Airport, and hooked into the greater DC region — even if you don’t have a car!

Step onto the Silver Line of the Metro, just a block from our hotel, and you are about 20-30 minutes from the real Mall  — the National Mall — in downtown Washington DC where the monuments, Smithsonian museums, Capitol, White House, and all those demonstrations and celebrations are!

You can reach our conference hotel via public transportation (Metro) from three nearby airports; Washington’s National Airport (DCA), Dulles International Airport (IAD) or Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI).  Of the three mentioned, BWI is much further away and will require a rail trip to get to the Metro. The closest airport to the conference hotel (approximately 12 miles) is Dulles International Airport (IAD) and you must take a shared shuttle or taxi to the Sheraton Tysons Hotel — or take a bus from the airport to Metro’s Silver Line station (not yet at the airport).  If you choose to fly into Ronald Reagan/Washington National, you will take a very easy ride on the Metro rails, with just one transfer point, to get to the hotel.  See the travel page for more information on these and other travel-related options.  Those who wish to  tangle with DC traffic by driving will be able to park free at the conference hotel.

We’ve been fortunate to have three National Cancer Institute scientists agree to provide us with our Keynote lectures. Dr. Jun Wei, a senior scientist specializing in neuroblastoma will speak on Personalized Therapy, while Dr. Kevin Camphausen will update us on new innovations in Radiation Oncology, and Dr. Jim Doroshaw will discuss Clinical Trial design for novel drug development.  Our State-of-the Art speakers will include Drs. Barbara Biller (Targeting the Tumor Microenvironment), Doug Thamm (Toceranib combination therapy), Dan Gustafson (Chemotherapy Pharmacokinetics), and Tim Stein (Targeting the wnt Pathway). Check out the speakers page for more information.  If you are interested in the Resident Review Workshop, Dr. Dennis Bailey and Dr. Dottie Cimino Brown will present on two very interesting topics; canine lymphoma and statistics and trial design.

On our travel information page, you’ll find a list of Monuments and Museums, and other sites of cultural or historical importance for you to enjoy during free time. We’ll even include a some places to consider visiting for a few days before or after the conference  such as Colonial Williamsburg, Charlottesville (for Monticello or Montpelier) and Civil War sites for you history fans.

Get ready for the Awards Banquet at the conference hotel — as we’ve booked the Capitol Steps, an internationally-known political comedy troupe for our evening’s entertainment. To get all the jokes, we’d recommend that you turn off Fox News, and listen to NPR!  “All politics are local” as the old saying goes — but for those of us here in the DC metro area — that means local politics are local, regional, national, and international, so we expect that the “Capitol Steps” will be great entertainment for everyone.

Autumn in NoVA is typically lovely, with the trees beginning to turn colors, and the summer’s heat and humidity a fading memory.

See you in NoVA October 15-17, 2015.

Sarah Sheafor
2015 Program Chair