Every two years, the Prostate Cancer Research Program of the Department of Defense’s Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program holds the “Innovative Minds in Prostate Cancer Today” or IMPaCT meeting. The next such meeting will be held on March 9 to 12 this year in Orlando, Florida.
Attendance at this meeting is by invitation only, but full details of the program agenda and a searchable database of about 650 abstracts are now available on line for anyone who wishes to go searching for data on topics of individual interest. Data presented at this meeting often focus on issues that are still a long way from specific application in the treatment of prostate cancer. Thes easiest way to find abstracts that you might be of intwant to read is to look through the program book to find titles of interest and then use the search system to find the full abstract.
The “New” Prostate Cancer InfoLink has been invited to attend the meeting and will be able to report on some of the presentations given in Orlando, but (unfortunately) thorough coverage of all 650 posters isn’t going to be a realistic opportunity! We will just be doing our best to bring our readers the high points from this meeting, as usual.
A key feature of the PCRP and the IMPaCT meeting is the high degree of involvement of members of the prostate cancer survivor community in the discussions around which research gets funded by PCRP and the development of the agenda for the IMPaCT meeting. For prostate cancer survivors who really want to get involved in helping to determine the future directions of prostate cancer research, contacting the CDMRP and applying to become a consumer reviewer for the PCRP may be a highly rewarding experience.
The PCRP is the single largest initiative funded by the US government that directs money specifically to research on prostate cancer.