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                           January/February 2008

Dear Colleagues,

A new year has started and many exciting IASLC activities are ahead of us. The
year 2007 was very prosperous for the IASLC and we increased the membership
with 547 new members.
We have just finished a new round of applications to the IASLC
Fellowships/Young Investigator Awards, and we received a record number of
applications from all over the world (see below). The IASLC has joined other
international organizations (ESMO, ASCO, ASTRO) in organizing international
cancer conferences, and we encourage as many IASLC members as possible to
participate in these conferences. Furthermore, there are 7 IASLC workshops in
US, Thailand, Switzerland, UK, Chile and India planned to be sponsored by

The Journal of Thoracic Oncology is fast growing, and with the many high quality
articles including the recent published new staging recommendations we expect
a high impact factor already only few years after its inception.

The Editor of the IASLC Newsletter will present for the IASLC Board of Directors
a proposal for an expansion of the Newsletter to include more general
information relevant for the lung cancer community and the IASLC membership.

Thus, we are expecting an exciting IASLC Year 2008 and I hope it will be a
successful year for all of our members!

Fred R. Hirsch, MD, PhD
Editor, IASLC Newsletter

IASLC Fellowships/Young Investigator Awards:
We received 26 applications this year. From Asia: 1applicant, Europe:6
applicants and from US/Canada: 19 applicants. We strongly encourage members
from Asia and Europe to send more applications and will promote this in our
2008 meetings in Europe, Asia and Latin America.
In this round there are 8 fellowships/awards available, and the review committee
is currently evaluating the applications. The results should be ready in March

IASLC 8th Annual Targeted Therapy Meeting, Santa Monica,

                                         This year, the Lung-SPORE Winter
                                         Meeting will be in conjunction with this
                                         workshop. We hope as many as
                                         possible will attend these meetings.
                                         For further information, see below.

For more information please contact

IASLC/ ESMO 1st European Lung Cancer Conference:
                                                          This conference
                                                          has already
                                                          garnered more
                                                          than 200 high
                                                          quality abstracts,
                                                          and the organizing
                                                          committee is
                                                          currently in the
                                                          process of
                                                          organizing the oral
                                                          poster sessions.
                                                          registration and
                                                          information are
                                                          available at

IASLC/ASTRO/ASCO/University of Chicago Thoracic Oncology Conference:

Please, be aware of the date for this conference and encourage as many members as possible sub
         The 2008 Chicago Multidisc
         Symposium in Thoracic Onc
         (formerly the Chicago Symp
         Malignancies of the Chest a
         and Neck) will bring togethe
         specialists, from North Ame
         abroad, presenting lectures
         symposia on an interdiscipli
         approach for the treatment o
         cancers. The scientific prog
         provide information on the la
         developments in basic and c
         research. The meeting is co
         by ASTRO, the American So
         Clinical Oncology, the Intern
         Association for the Study of
         Cancer and the University o
         Radiation therapy, surgery a
         chemotherapy are used toge
         treat lung cancer and a
         multidisciplinary meeting wil
         interaction between these d
         order to achieve advances i
         Call for abstracts will open in
         2008. Meeting information c
         found at www.oncologymee
         Questions can be sent to

                                                                  Nico van Zandwijk, MD, PhD: Dr. Zandw
                                                                  the current Head of Thoracic Oncology Pro
                                                                  the Netherlands Cancer Institute in Amste
                                                                  accepted a position as a Chair of a new Th
                                                                  Oncology Institute at the University of Sidn
                                                                  Australia from March 1st, 2008. However, D
                                                                  Zandwijk will still have close contact with t
                                                                  cancer community in Amsterdam and will m
                                                                  appointment at The Netherlands Cancer In
                                                                  Dr. Zandwijk, who is also a member of the
                                                                  Board of Directors, will continue as a co-ch
                                                                  the World Conference on Lung Cancer in A

Upcoming Workshops
February 20-23, 2008
8th Targeted Therapy Meeting
Place: Santa Monica, CA
For more information:

March 19-21, 2008
Perspective in Lung Cancer Treatment
Place: Chaing Mai, Thailand
Contact: Sumitra Thongprasert
For more information:

April 24-26, 2008
IASLC/ESMO Lung Cancer Conference
Place: Geneva, Switzerland
Contact: Pia Hirsch
For more information:

July 2008
International Lung Cancer Conference Liverpool 2008
Place: Liverpool, UK
For more information: or ILCCL Presentation

October 9-10, 2008
3rd Latin American Cancer Conference
Place: Vina del Mar, Chile
Contact: Nise Yamaguchi, MD
For more information: or

November 13-15, 2008
Malignancies of the Chest and Head and Neck
Place: Chicago, Illinois
For more information:

December 5-7, 2008
3rd Asia Pacific Lung Cancer Congress
Place: Convention Center - Hotel Marriott Hyderabad - Hyderabad, India
Contact: Dr. AA Ranade
For more information:

New Members:
         Australia                Germany                      USA
     Jenette Creaney           Rainer M. Bohle             Ana Oton
         Belgium                   Greece                Norman Saffra
     Nicholas Frusch           Georgia Perpati           Andre Moreira
      Vincent Ninane               Ireland                Byran Litton
      Els De Droogh              Martin Barr             William Gerald
          Brazil                    Japan                 William John
       Miguel Tedde               Koji Tsuta            Feng-Ming Kong
       Mario Ghefter                 UK                Suzanne Dahlberg
          China             Antonio E. Martin-Ucar      Sandeep Reddy
      Lanjun Zhang                                         Eric Sbar
       Xiaodong Li                                     Charles F. Thomas
                                                         Laurel Rhyne
                                                          Ken Yoneda
                                                        C. Wayne Holley
                                                         Sai Yendamuri
                                                       Boone Goodgame
                                                        George Ruskan

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