2018 Overview

Meeting Goals/Purpose

This Symposium is designed to provide state-of-the-art information on the experimental biology, etiology, prevention, diagnosis, and therapy of breast cancer and premalignant breast disease, to an international audience of academic and private physicians and researchers.


Target Audience

This international symposium is directed primarily towards academic and private physicians and researchers involved in breast cancer in medical, surgical, gynecologic, and radiation oncology, as well as other appropriate health care professionals. We anticipate 7,500 attendees from more than 90 countries.


Meeting Location

The meeting site for the 2018 Symposium is the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, 900 E. Market Street, San Antonio, TX 78205 USA, phone 210-207-8500 located downtown on the scenic Riverwalk, and is within easy walking distance of many restaurants and other stores.

The main entrance to the symposium is located on E. Market St.

Symposium events & services are located on three levels of the convention center.

Street (1st) level (Main Lobby, Exhibit Hall 1, Exhibit Hall 2, Exhibit Hall 3)

Entrance (Main Lobby)
Registration, Coat Check, Scooter Rental, San Antonio Spurs, Market Place

Exhibit Hall 1
Poster Sessions, Poster Pickup, Poster Help Desk, Poster QR Codes, Continental Breakfast (Thursday-Saturday), Reception (Wednesday-Friday)

Exhibit Hall 2
First Aid station, 2018 SABCS® Housing, 2019 SABCS® Housing, Lounge, Internet Café, Information Desk, Conference Notes Help Desk, Exhibits, Product Theatre, Loading Dock (for exhibitors), Continental Breakfast (Wednesday)

Exhibit Hall 3
General Sessions, Award Lectures, Plenary Lectures, Mini-Symposia

Meeting Level

Press Room, Speaker Lounge

Ballroom Level (Hemisfair and Stars at Night Ballrooms)

Educational Sessions, Career Development Forum, Workshops, Debate, Clinical Science Forum, Basic Science Forum, Translational Science Forum, Case Discussions, Spotlight Sessions


Contact Information

Rich Markow, Director, Symposia
Mays Cancer Center 
7979 Wurzbach Road, MC 8224 
San Antonio, TX 78229 USA 
Email: sabcs@uthscsa.edu
Phone: 210-450-1550 
FAX: 210-450-1560


Preliminary Schedule

Hours subject to change.

Monday, December 3
Registration 12:00 PM-5:00 PM

Tuesday, December 4
Registration 8:00 AM–7:00 PM
Program 11:00 AM–7:00 PM

Wednesday, December 5 
Registration 7:00 AM–5:15 PM
Program 8:00 AM–7:00 PM
Exhibits 11:00 AM–5:00 PM

Thursday, December 6
Registration 6:45 AM–5:15 PM
Program 7:00 AM–7:00 PM
Exhibits 11:00 AM–5:00 PM

Friday, December 7
Registration 6:45 AM–5:15 PM
Program 7:00 AM–7:00 PM
Exhibits 11:00 AM–5:00 PM

Saturday, December 8
Registration 6:45 AM–9:00 AM
Program 7:00 AM–11:00 AM


Executive Committee

Carlos L. Arteaga, UT Southwestern, Harold C. Simmons Cancer Center, Dallas, TX
Gary C. Chamness, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX (ex-officio)
Margaret Foti, American Association for Cancer Research, Philadelphia, PA
Judy Garber, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, MA
Ismail Jatoi, UT Health, San Antonio, TX
Virginia G. Kaklamani, UT Health, San Antonio, TX
Kate Lathrop, UT Health, San Antonio, TX (ex-officio)
Yi Li, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
Ruben Mesa, UT Health, San Antonio, TX
Julie Nangia, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX (ex-officio)
C. Kent Osborne, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
Mothaffar Rimawi, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
Rich Markow, UT Health, San Antonio, TX (ex-officio)


Program Planning Committee

Fabrice André, Institut Gustav Roussy, Villejuif, FRANCE
Carlos L. Arteaga, AACR (Co-Chair), UT Southwestern, Harold C. Simmons Cancer Center, Dallas, TX
Julia A. Beaver, FDA, Silver Spring, MD
Alexander Bishop, UT Health, San Antonio, TX
Melissa L. Bondy, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
Gary C. Chamness, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX (ex-officio)
Jenny C. Chang, Houston Methodist Hospital, Houston, TX
Richard Crownover, UT Health, San Antonio, TX
Matthew Ellis, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
Margaret Foti, American Association for Cancer Research, Philadelphia, PA (ex-officio)
Judy Garber, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, MA
Reshma Jagsi, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Ismail Jatoi, UT Health, San Antonio, TX
Virginia G. Kaklamani (Co-Chair), UT Health, San Antonio, TX
Kate Lathrop, UT Health, San Antonio, TX (ex-officio)
Michael Lewis, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
Yi Li, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
Ingrid Mayer, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN
Monica Morrow, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY
Julie Nangia, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
C. Kent Osborne (Co-Chair), Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
Charles Perou, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC
Susan Rafte, Community Patient Advocate, Houston, TX
Andrea L. Richardson, Johns Hopkins, Washington, DC
Mothaffar Rimawi, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
Rachel Schiff, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
Stuart Schnitt, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, MA
Sandi Stanford, Alamo Breast Cancer Foundation, San Antonio, TX
Masakazu Toi, Kyoto University, Sakyo-ku, JAPAN
Ratna Vadlamudi, UT Health, San Antonio, TX
Eric P. Winer, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, MA
Douglas Yee, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN


Accreditation

This activity has been approved AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.  

 


Important 2018 Cutoff Dates

Advance Registration Discount Deadline October 31, 2018
Advance Registration Deadline November 16, 2018
Hotel Reservation Deadline November 16, 2018
Registration Cancellation Deadline November 16, 2018
Symposium Begins December 4, 2018
Symposium Ends December 8, 2018

Registration Highlights

Everyone must register in order to attend.

Reserve your hotel room at an SABCS® hotel and get 15% off your registration fee (You must enter your hotel acknowledgement number and hotel name when registering in order to receive the discount)

Registration Fees are as follows:

 

 Category  Discount fee before     10/31/2018            Full Price after               10/31/2018
 Regular Registration  $720.00 $875.00
 AACR Member Registration $612.00 $740.00
 UT Health San Antonio staff & faculty $306.00 $370.00
 BCM staff & faculty $356.00 $420.00
 Resident or Postdoctoral fellow $180.00 $225.00
 Patient Advocate  $150.00 $225.00
Student  $75.00  $100.00 


NOTE: In order to receive the discount fee, you must register and pay by October 31, 2018 11:59 CDT

  • Discounted rates are available through October 31.
  • Registration, including online registration, will close after November 16.
  • If you miss the deadline you must register on site.
  • Registration will resume on site at 12:00 pm on December 3.
  • Registration will be CLOSED from November 17 through December 2.
  • All payments must be in US currency, and payment must accompany registration.
  • All participants receive their Symposium materials, badge and badge holders at SABCS® registration
  • For security purposes, all attendees picking up their badges onsite must present a photo ID in order to receive their badge. Please be sure to bring your photo ID with you to the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center.


Special Assistance

If you require special accommodations to fully participate in SABCS®, please contact the Symposium office at 210-450-1550 or sabcs@uthscsa.edu.


Badges Required

Past and current events have heightened security awareness around the world. Although no one can predict world events, incidents or situations, we are working to help ensure a safe and a successful Symposium. To this end, we will require attendees to wear the Symposium Name Badge to ALL Symposium activities (sessions, exhibits, etc.) at the convention center.


Food & Beverage

Continental breakfast, evening poster sessions receptions & beverages are provided free of charge.


Hotel Accommodations

The Marriott Rivercenter remains our headquarters hotel. Additional rooms at special SABCS® rates have also been obtained at more than 24 other hotels nearby, and all requests will be processed by SABCS® Housing Bureau. Information and online reservations for both groups and individuals are available here.


Transportation

Transportation From Airport To Hotel

There are a number of hotels both surrounding San Antonio International Airport and in the downtown area that provide free shuttle service to and from the airport. Hotel shuttles are located outside the SAT’s baggage claim area for your convenience. Please contact your hotel of choice to inquire whether they offer courtesy shuttle service.

A hotel kiosk with courtesy phone is available in the baggage claim area for passengers to call their hotel for specific arrival or departure times for the shuttle service. We recommend advance confirmation of this service with the hotel of choice.

Taxi fare is approximately $29.00. (Up to 6 may share a cab, if both luggage and passengers fit safely.) SABCS® does not provide transportation from the airport to the meeting.

Symposium Shuttle Buses SABCS® provides free shuttle bus transportation between symposium hotels and the convention center December 4-8, 2018

  • Shuttle buses will travel frequently between symposium hotels and the convention center.
  • This service is free.
  • Buses will drop off and pick up at the Market Street Entrance of the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center.
  • Buses will only stop at the official symposium hotels. A wheelchair accessible bus will be available during the listed days and times.
  • SABCS® does not provide transportation from the airport to hotels.

Scholarships and Travel Awards

The purpose of these scholarships and travel awards is to promote the education and professional development of early-career clinicians and scientists who are actively pursuing research in breast cancer by facilitating their participation at the 2018 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium®.

Scholarships and travel awards will be awarded to graduate students, medical students, postdoctoral fellows, and physicians-in-training whose abstracts are accepted for presentation at the 2018 SABCS®, based upon the quality of their abstracts and other criteria outlined below. Recipients of these scholarships and travel awards will be identified in the SABCS® program, both print and online and also at the meeting.

All applicants will be notified in September regarding whether or not they have received an award.

In order to be eligible for these scholarships and travel awards, the applicant:

  1. Must be a graduate student, medical student or resident, or clinical or postdoctoral fellow in an official training program at an academic institution.
  2. Must provide certification of “in-training” status from the program director.
  3. Must be noted as the Presenter on an abstract submitted for the 2018 SABCS®.
  4. Must submit an application with the abstract above.
  5. Must upload a current CV.
  6. Must register for and attend the Symposium and present the accepted abstract.
  7. May not be a previous recipient of a scholarship or travel award.

SABCS® Clinical Scholars

For clinical scientists-in-training who are actively pursuing clinical or clinical/translational research in breast cancer.

SABCS® Basic Science Scholars

For laboratory-based investigators-in-training whose work focuses on the biology of breast cancer and preclinical models of its development and progression.

AACR Scholar-in-Training Awards

For presenters of meritorious abstracts who are Associate Members of the
American Association for Cancer Research (AACR).

Additional Scholarships and Travel Awards may become available before the Abstract Submission deadline.


The above scholarships and travel awards are for Abstract Presenters.

The scholarship/travel award application is part of the Abstract Submission process.

The deadline to submit a scholarship/travel award application is July 3, 2018.


Advocate Financial Assistance

Patient advocates wishing to apply for financial assistance to the 2018 SABCS® should contact the Alamo Breast Cancer Foundation for information and an application. Applications are available online. Please see their website for more information and qualifications. Applications must be post-marked by September 1, 2018.

E-mail: sandistanford@alamobreastcancer.org
Web: www.alamobreastcancer.org


Awards

Susan G. Komen® Brinker Award for Scientific Distinction

Established by the Susan G. Komen for the Cure in 1992, the Brinker Award for Scientific Distinction recognizes leading scientists for significant work in advancing research concepts and for clinical application in the fields of breast cancer research, screening or treatment. The award is presented to basic and clinical researchers who have made seminal advances in the fight against breast cancer. In addition, the award recognizes scholars for a specific contribution, a consistent pattern of contributions, or leadership in the field that has had a substantial impact on the fight against breast cancer.

The Brinker Award is to be used to further the recipients' activities in breast cancer research. This award has grown in prominence in the breast cancer community and is a marquee award for Komen for the Cure. The recipients of the Brinker Awards will deliver plenary lectures at the 2018 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium®.

The William L. McGuire Memorial Lectureship

Dr. William L. McGuire, along with Dr. Charles A. Coltman, founded the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium® in 1977. The William L. McGuire Memorial Lectureship was established in 1992 to commemorate the significant contributions of Dr. McGuire to oncology medicine. His research played a major role in introducing estrogen receptor assays on breast tumor tissue as a guide to treatment decisions for women with breast cancer. Breast cancer patients everywhere now receive these tests.

The lecturer is selected by the SABCS® McGuire Award Committee from persons through a nomination process. The selection is based on the following criteria:

• Lecturers are respected figures with an international reputation.

• They have made significant contributions to the field of breast cancer research.

• They are known as skilled presenters.

• They present a topic of high current interest related to the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer or to the study of its underlying   mechanisms.

AACR Outstanding Investigator Award for Breast Cancer Research, funded by Susan G. Komen®

The AACR Outstanding Investigator Award for Breast Cancer Research is presented to an investigator no more than 50 years of age whose novel and significant work that has had or may have a far-reaching impact on the etiology, detection, diagnosis, treatment, or prevention of breast cancer.

AACR Distinguished Lectureship in Breast Cancer Research

The AACR Distinguished Lectureship in Breast Cancer Research has been established to recognize outstanding science that has inspired or has the potential to inspire new perspectives on the etiology, diagnosis, treatment, or prevention of breast cancer.


Mobile App

Navigate the 2018 SABCS® with the mobile app, powered by Core-apps.

With the SABCS® 2018 mobile app, you can:

  • Stay organized with up-to-the-minute Exhibitor, Speaker, and
    Event information
  • Sync the app across all of your devices with Multi-Device Sync
  • Receive important real-time communications from SABCS®
  • Build a personalized schedule and bookmark exhibitors
  • Take notes and download event handouts and presentations
  • Interactively locate sessions and exhibitors on the Henry B.
    Gonzalez Convention Center maps
  • Find attendees and connect with your colleagues through Friends
  • Stay in-the-know and join in on social media with #SABCS
  • And much, much more

Downloading the App is Easy!

SCAN:

Use your devices QR code scanner to quickly find the SABCS 2018 app.

SEARCH:

The App Store or Google Play for "SABCS"

FOR ALL OTHER DEVICE TYPES: (including BlackBerry, Windows, and other web browser-enabled devices): point your mobile browser to www.core-apps.com/dl/sabcs2018 to be directed to the proper download version for your device.

Once you have downloaded and opened the app, choose SABCS 2018 then tap download.
If you already have the SABCS app on your device, tap "Exit to show list" under Settings. Choose SABCS 2018 then tap download.

 

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SABCS® On-line

Each SABCS® attendee will receive a user name & password which will allow exclusive access to 2018 SABCS® posters, slides, and webcast of oral presentations online. Those not attending 2018 SABCS® will have access beginning February 2019.

Abstracts Online: Abstracts, with the exception of those withheld for SABCS® press conferences, will be released on approximately November 6, 2018.  The abstracts withheld for press will be released at the beginning of the day on which the relevant press conference occurs. Check our website www.sabcs.org. These abstracts will also be published in the symposium’s abstract book, a special supplement to the AACR journal Cancer Research which is available to each attendee online in February 2019.

SABCS® on Demand: Downloadable PDF of slides will be available to view by attendees on the day of presentation. Select slides will be downloadable, author permitting. Webcasts and PDFs of all oral presentations for which the authors have given permission will be posted approximately 2 days following the Symposium.

Posters Online: searchable version of the posters will be posted online for attendees to view during the symposium, author permitting.

At this time, SABCS® plans to keep all of the above available on line for 3 years.

Newsletter

A daily newsletter featuring highlights of the Symposium, late breaking & revised abstracts, schedule changes and other news is published during the Symposium. It is distributed on site and posted at Past Symposia Newsletters.


Embargo

Abstracts, with the exception of those withheld for SABCS® press conferences, will be released approximately one month prior to the symposium. The abstracts withheld for press will be released at the beginning of the day on which the relevant press conference occurs.

Reporters, producers and editors agree to the embargoes and release times stated on the news releases, the news conference schedule and other materials. Failure to abide by the embargoes will result in suspension of credentials, which will affect attendance at the current and future symposia and ability to receive advance press materials.

By allowing an abstract to be included in the 2018 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium® media outreach program, the Presenter verifies that the abstract’s contents and its conclusions have not been and will not be published or presented in any form to the public before the start of the actual presentation. This includes, but is not limited to, non-embargoed press releases and interviews required by government agencies. Any release of material and specific non-embargoed information prior to the meeting’s embargo date as set forth by the SABCS® press office could result in exclusion from the official SABCS® press program.


Proof of Attendance

A statement verifying your attendance at the 2018 Symposium will be emailed to all attendees on Friday, December 7, 2018.


Certificate of Attendance/CME Certificate

Physicians seeking CME credit for this live continuing medical education activity must complete the online surveys.   Surveys opens on December 4, 2018 and closes on January 31, 2019.  Certificates may be printed online after completing the surveys.

Certificates of Attendance are available for attendees who need a record of their attendance at the Symposium but do not require or qualify for CME through the online survey.  The online survey opens on December 4, 2018 and closes on January 31, 2019.  Certificates may be printed online after completing the surveys.


Children at SABCS®

Due to liability restrictions and concerns, children under eighteen years of age may not participate in any part of this symposium.


Photography

Symposium attendees my take photographs during oral or poster presentations provided that the photographs are strictly for personal, noncommercial use and are not to be published in any form.  Attendees are prohibited from using flash photography or otherwise distracting the presenters or members of the audience. Publication of any photos is prohibited without the express permission of SABCS®. In order to take photos for publication, journalists must be registered as press.

Video cameras are granted access to the Registration area and press room. Access to other areas of the Symposium requires pre-approval from SABCS®. Camera crews filming in meeting areas other than the press room or news briefing room must be accompanied at all times by a press room staff member.

Photographers or camera crews hired by the aforementioned representatives or exhibitors must obtain permission from press room staff to conduct any on-site photo or video shoots during the Symposium.


Cell Phones at SABCS®

Ringing phones and conversations make it difficult for your colleagues to fully benefit from SABCS® sessions. To provide an environment conducive to education, we ask that you observe the following courtesies while inside the symposium:

  • Please turn your cellular phone off or switch to a silent mode.
  • If receiving a call, please immediately put the call on hold and move to a foyer or similar area to use your phone.
  • If making a call, we ask that you move to a foyer or similar area to initiate your call.

Wi-Fi & Internet Café

SABCS® will offer wireless service throughout the symposium. Connection setting information and a support specialist will be available onsite.

SABCS® will operate an Internet Café with approximately 16 computers for internet and e-mail access located in Exhibit Hall 2.

Wireless internet access will be available throughout the symposium. Connection setting information will be available in the symposium materials.


Literature Displays

Literature racks will be available for non-profit organizations only for posting of brochures, which must not exceed 8½ x 11 inches. Please contact the Symposium office at sabcs@uthscsa.edu for instructions.


Information Boards

Information boards will be located in Exhibit Hall 2. Please contact the Symposium office for instructions.


Climate & Comfort

The average temperature in San Antonio in December ranges from 45°F to 65°F (7°C to 18°C). Remember that meeting rooms are usually kept quite cool, so dress accordingly. For such a large audience, it is necessary to maintain a lower temperature than is comfortable for everyone.


Smoke-Free Environment

The Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center is a non-smoking facility. No smoking is allowed anywhere in the building.


San Antonio Sights

Although SABCS® does not sponsor any recreational activities, visitors to the city may obtain such information from the website of San Antonio Convention and Visitors Bureau (www.visitsanantonio.com).