Dear Colleagues, We are inviting you to take part in the IASLC 17th World Conference on Lung Cancer in Vienna, December 4-7, 2016. This Conference will be the first of the Annual Conferences, following the World Conference in Denver in 2015. We expect more than 6,000 participants from all parts of the world.
The members of the Program Committees are working closely with IASLC and ICS Events to develop a well-rounded, timely, and informative Conference Program. The motto “WCLC 2016 Together Against Lung Cancer” stresses the multidisciplinary nature of this World Conference. The Conference will be both an educational and scientific event. The three main topics are Active Prevention, Accurate Diagnosis and Advanced Care. Although lung cancer remains the leading cause of cancer worldwide, with more than 1.8 million newly diagnosed cases each year, we are currently experiencing many advances and innovations in the field of lung cancer research. This includes, but is not limited to, improved diagnosis through the WHO 2015 Classification of Lung Cancer, the upcoming 8th TNM classification, characterization of clinically relevant molecular markers, and liquid biopsies. Therapeutic advances include novel targeted therapies, predictive biomarkers for guiding therapies, immune checkpoint inhibitors, new, more effective, multimodality treatments, novel developments in surgery, and novel approaches in radio-oncology. Overall, the Program will provide an excellent opportunity to update medical and scientific knowledge, to create new ideas for patient care and scientific research, and to initiate and strengthen co-operation.
Vienna is an excellent destination for the 17th WCLC. Vienna is among the top conference cities in the world and offers the full infrastructure required for big conferences including hotels of different categories, a modern conference center, excellent public transportation, and safety. Vienna can easily be reached by air from all parts of the world as well as by rail or car from many European countries. The rich cultural heritage and the modernity of Vienna as well as its special atmosphere during December will contribute to making WCLC 2016 a memorable event.
We are looking forward to welcoming you for the 17th WCLC in Vienna. ✦
Robert Pirker, MD
Congress President on behalf of IASLC, the Regional Organizing and the Program Committees