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Refresher advance rates, Abstracts deadline approaching, Nominating Committee call

February 12, 2020

Advance registration deadline approaching for ASTRO Annual Refresher Course
Spring is a wonderful time of year to visit the city of New Orleans. This year’s Annual Refresher Course takes place next month, March 20-22, at the elegant — and recently refurbished — Ritz-Carlton. Past attendees at this meeting say it provides “more useful information and updates than any other meeting” and it is an “excellent summary of state-of-the-art treatments and ongoing trials.” In addition to providing updates on treatments for all the major disease sites, there will be special sessions on FLASH radiation therapy and oligometastatic disease, six Live SA-CME sessions and numerous networking opportunities. View the schedule of events and be sure to register by February 26 to receive the lower advance rates.

Deadline to submit abstracts for ASTRO 2020 is February 24
ASTRO’s 62nd Annual Meeting takes place October 25-28, 2020, at the Miami Beach Convention Center. This is an opportunity to showcase your research at the largest international radiation oncology event in the world. There are over 2,400 opportunities to present scientific data at the meeting, and all accepted abstracts will be citable online, with oral abstracts printed in the Red Journal. Be sure to submit your abstract by the deadline, Monday, February 24, at 11:59 p.m. Pacific time. View the guidelines and access the submission form.

Nominating Committee welcomes candidate suggestions
ASTRO’s Nominating Committee will soon begin the process of selecting candidates for the 2020 elections. The following positions are available:
  • President-elect: Four-year term with one year as president-elect, one year as president, one year as chair and one year as immediate past chair.
  • Vice-chair of the Clinical Affairs and Quality Council, vice-chair of the Education Council and vice-chair of the Government Relations Council: The vice-chairs will serve a four-year term with two years as vice-chair and two years as chair.
  • There are also three positions on the Nominating Committee, all with three-year terms: one academic physician, one community practice physician and one radiobiologist.

The Criteria for Elected Positions can be viewed on the ASTRO website. To recommend a colleague or yourself for one of the above positions, please send the name of the potential nominee, the position you would like the nominee to be considered for and the reason for your recommendation by email to the ASTRO Nominating Committee. Nominations must be received by close of business on Wednesday, February 26, 2020.

New head and neck cancer patient’s story available on RTAnswers.org
Thad Lurie noticed a pea-sized lump on the side of his neck in the spring of 2019. A gut instinct told him something was wrong and after weeks of tests and scans, he received his diagnosis: oropharyngeal cancer. Thad underwent radiation therapy in combination with chemotherapy and shares his experience on RTAnswers.org, where patients like Thad can read about the experiences of other patients who undergo radiation therapy. The Multidisciplinary Head and Neck Cancers Symposium, being held in Scottsdale, Arizona, at the end of the month, provides the most up-to-date treatment information to help us better care for patients like Thad.

Registration and abstract submission site now open for 2020 Research Workshop
The ASTRO 2020 Research Workshop, Harnessing the Power of Artificial Intelligence to Improve Radiation Therapy, takes place June 4-5 at the FHI 360 Conference Center in Washington, D.C. This in-depth workshop will explore how we can use AI to improve the efficiency and efficacy of radiation therapy today and in the future. We will review progress in decision support, planning and delivery, IGRT, AI applications to the genomics and immunobiology of cancer, clinical translation and more. The latest research will be presented during six sessions and will incorporate oral abstract presentations and posters. We encourage you to submit your research for this interactive and intensive workshop. Accepted abstracts will be published in the Red Journal. This meeting is co-sponsored by ASTRO and the American Association of Physicists in Medicine.

The SECURE Act and its impact on you and your future
The 2019 Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act, effective January 1, 2020, includes significant changes to retirement savings. Among the changes are increased access to tax-advantaged accounts and helping Americans secure their retirement. The Radiation Oncology Institute (ROI) Development Committee provides an informative overview of three aspects of this new legislation.
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2020 Survivor Circle Grant and Award application period now open
Do you know a cancer survivor who gives back to the cancer community through volunteer efforts? Or a cancer support group that you would like to recognize for its great work? ASTRO created the Survivor Circle to recognize individuals and organizations who support the cancer community. This year the Survivor Circle Grant will offer two grants of up to $10,000 each to deserving cancer support organizations in Florida. The Survivor Circle Award will recognize a cancer survivor in the Miami area who goes above and beyond to help others through volunteer efforts in their community. Please help us spread the word about the Survivor Circle Grant and Award and encourage survivors and support organizations to apply. The deadline to apply is May 1.

New ASTRO Academy courses available
Two new courses are now available in the ASTRO Academy. Earn SA-CME credit with the latest journal course, Dose Gradient Index for Stereotactic Radiosurgery/Radiotherapy. Also available is a new Gray Zone course, Shape of the Heart: A 68-Year-Old Man with a Primary Cardiac Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma. ASTRO members receive a discount on all journal courses and can take the Gray Zone course for free. See all ASTRO Academy offerings, and log in to your ASTRO account to register.