ESMO 2012: Young Oncologists Track

The ESMO 2012 Congress Young Oncologists Track was a resounding success with participants from Europe and beyond.

Young Oncologists Masterclass - Clinical trial protocol development

Presentations, reviewing issues around trial design in the era of targeted agents and biomarkers:

  • Accelerating drug development from bench to bedside ( L. Costa, Portugal)
  • Development of biomarkers: Promises and pitfalls (H. Zwierzina, Austria)
  • Phase II clinical trial design and an example of a Flims Workshop protocol (S. Brown, United Kingdom)
  • Clinical trial design with new targeted agents (L. Paz-Ares, Spain)

Vesalius Talk and Cocktail - Experience meets youth in career development

The 2012 Vesalius Talk staged Bernard Escudier (Institut Gustave-Roussy, France) and Martin Gore (Institute of Cancer Research, Sutton, UK) who shared their experiences from their careers, in a highly interactive session which included a lively debate and thought provoking comments from the audience and experts alike.

Young Oncologists Breakfast Sessions

(Saturday, 29 September, Sunday 30 September and Monday 1 October 2012, 8:00-8:45)
Practical, personal and professional development tips for the early birds!

  • How to make an impact on clinical research in the early stages of your career (M. Raderer, Austria)
  • How to plan and conduct a successful research fellowship abroad (W. Köstler, Israel)
  • How to write a good review article (E. Franceschi, Italy)

Young Oncologists Forum - Health economics

This session, moderated by Prof. Martin Gore and Dr. Margaret Hutka, both from UK, looked at how to manage the costs of emerging therapies in oncology. The presentations proved particularly thought-provoking, and gave participants a clearer picture of the evolving economic landscape that they will have to work with.

  • Oncology policies in Europe (J.M. Martin-Moreno, Spain)
  • New reimbursement methodologies and their impact on oncology therapies (E. Nicod)
  • How to design clinical trials to demonstrate value of oncology drugs (A. Grieve, Germany)

Young Oncologists Special Session

Fellowships in Europe: Educational Opportunities for European Young Medical Oncologists. An ESMO – AERIO – AIOM – HESMO – SEOM YO Session

translational research fellowship awards 2012

ESMO Translational Research Fellowship Awards From left: Josep Tabernero, Claudette Falato (fellow), Jennifer Gibbons Marsico (fellow), Loredana Vecchione (fellow), Ghassan Mamlouk from Roche (sponsor), Michalis Karamouzis (YOC chair 2010-2012)

This session gave participants a clear overview on all there is to know about the various aspects of educational fellowships, from a short observer visit in a clinical service setting to long research fellowship in academic institutions. Speakers all of whom are past ESMO fellows, gave feedback on their experiences and recommendations on how to apply and best prepare for a fellowship. The session closed with the annual Fellowship Awards Ceremony.

  • The broad concept of educational fellowships: From a short observer visit in a clinical service setting to long research fellowship in academic institutions ( J.C. Soria, France)
  • Where and how can I find the information I need? Practical tips from a former fellow (G. Mountzios, Greece)
  • Funding opportunities in Europe: The ESMO fellowship programme ( F. Cappuzzo, Italy)
  • How to write a successful fellowship grant application (R. Salazar, Spain)
  • The ESMO fellowship programme: Past and future (J. Tabernero, Spain)

This session is also available on YouTube

Poster presentation: Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer European Survey

First findings from the European-wide survey in incompletely resected (R1) early stage non-small cell lung cancer, conducted by the YOC and presented by YOC project leader and chair-elect Raffaele Califano. Find out more here...