IASLC Newsletter - August 2018
Join the Conversation at #WCLC2018
IASLC Communications Committee
With the IASLC 19th World Conference on Lung Cancer (#WCLC2018) just around the corner, it’s time to limber up and get ready to join in the conversation!
The upcoming meeting will bring together some 7,000 attendees from over 100 countries to discuss the latest developments in thoracic malignancy research. Participants will include patients, advocates and caregivers; alongside specialists associated with all aspects of the cancer care pathway. Feel like traditional communication channels? The daily conference newspaper will be distributed throughout the venue, with a kick off press conference on Sunday, September 23, at 16:00-17:30. For the remainder of the conference, media availability will take place from 09:45-10:30 each day, in addition to press releases. You can review the full program on the conference's official site. Social events include the IASLC Foundation Walk, IASLC Foundation Concert, welcome reception and the conference dinner.
Feel like something a bit different? Whether you are a tweeter, facebooker, youtuber or instagramer, we invite everyone to join us in sharing updates from the meeting across these platforms as well as on LinkedIn. Please be sure to include this year’s official conference hashtag, #WCLC2018, on all social media posts irrespective of the channel used. To increase visibility within the thoracic community, make sure to also include #LCSM (Lung Cancer Social Media) or #Mesothelioma as appropriate. If known, speaker handles may be included on tweets, and if tweeting on specific areas include handles such as @ALKLungCancer, @EGFRResisters, @ros1cancer and so on.
Keep an eye out for our featured Social Media Voices and for our ‘tweet walls’ throughout the venue displaying tweets in real time. Twitter transcripts containing the #WCLC2018 tag can be generated on www.symplur.com.
Bit daunted by the social media space? Come by our IASLC Social Media Hub - located on level 300 at the top of the escalators in the convention center - to get help from IASLC staff and experienced members to set up and get started with your social media accounts.
Engaging in social media not only offers incredible opportunities for networking and collaboration; but it also provides a valuable tool for those in concurrent sessions or for those unable to attend #WCLC2018.
August 2018: The IASLC and the Journal of Thoracic Oncology (JTO) are pleased to present the Editor's Choice each month to highlight certain articles of interest. The articles below from the August 2018 issue of the JTO are free for three months. Please share with your colleagues around the globe!
Alex A. Adjei, MD, PhD
- Lisberg et al.
Dr. Martin Reck and colleagues write an excellent accompanying editorial, which puts these findings in perspective.
- Dudnik et al.
In an accompanying editorial, Dr. Paul Mitchell discusses the implications of these findings for clinical practice.
- Ahmed et al.
Guidance for Nurses or AHP First Time WCLC Attendees
The IASLC Nurses and Allied Health Professionals (N&AHP) Committee is offering informal mentorship and guidance throughout the WCLC to any first time conference attendees who are nurses or allied health professionals. Interested delegates will benefit from personalized guidance covering every aspect of the WCLC. The committee has multiple members that are bilingual and will try to accommodate language requirements whenever possible. To be connected with a mentor at no additional charge or to have any questions answered, please contact email@example.com.
NEW Membership Lounge at the IASLC 19th World Conference on Lung Cancer (WCLC 2018)
The IASLC Membership Committee is pleased to welcome all IASLC members to visit the first-ever Membership Lounge in the exhibit hall at this year’s WCLC in Toronto. Members will be able to speak to committee representatives about opportunities to get involved with a committee, network with colleagues and utilize a designated working space. Keep an eye out for the committee schedule and additional information as you develop your WCLC calendar!
Invite a Fellow/Resident/Trainee for a Free Membership
The IASLC is pleased to continue to offer a free membership option for fellows, residents and trainees. Fellow memberships are available for a maximum of two years, and members are entitled to most of the regular IASLC benefits, including online access to the Journal of Thoracic Oncology. If you are a member of the IASLC and wish to invite a fellow/student/trainee to join us, please utilize the fellow membership invitation form or have them sign up today.
Member Account Information
It’s important for the IASLC to keep our records up to date so that members can receive important information via email and postal letter. To ensure that our records are current, please sign into your IASLC account to edit your account information. You can also email updates to firstname.lastname@example.org or call +1 720-598-1949.
Welcome New IASLC Members
Review the list of members who joined the IASLC during the month of August.
IASLC Headquarters Advocacy Breakfast – BJALCF
On Tuesday, August 7, we hosted a Patient Advocacy Breakfast at our Aurora, Colorado, headquarters. Our office welcomed three representatives from the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation (BJALCF):
Together, they have been traveling to host the BJALCF Lung Cancer Living Room series in seven cities across the United States. One of their stops was in Denver, Colorado, on Monday, August 6, where the topic of discussion was, “The Importance of a Multidisciplinary Team.” While visiting with the IASLC staff, the Addario team members expanded on their many activities beyond the Lung Cancer Living Room series. One of the group's other activities is ALCMI. Started in 2008, ALCMI is a patient-centric, international research consortium that directly facilitates research by combining scientific expertise found at leading academic institutions with patient access through their network of community cancer centers.
The BJALCF is a fantastic resource to patients/survivors, caregivers and physicians. To learn more about their organization and activities, please visit the BJALCF website.
The IASLC is grateful for the time and support of the BJALCF, and we look forward to supporting each other’s efforts in the future! If you are interested in learning more about the IASLC advocacy efforts, please contact Kristin.Schultz@iaslc.org.
Lung Cancer Awareness Month (LCAM) 2018
The Lung Cancer Awareness Month Coalition (LCAMC) is working on coordinating and maximizing our efforts to reach our goals for this year, which include further developing our campaign's website, building on the success of donated ad space and continuing to leverage support from our partners, sponsors and the IASLC. We are currently working toward the creation of patient/provider cards to help educate and initiate conversations among patients and their physicians.
The LCAM website is a year-round resource to read stories of those affected by lung cancer. The lung cancer community can participate by submitting personal stories to be included in the site. You can also sign up on the site to receive email updates about its continuing development and follow the campaign on Facebook and Twitter feeds specifically devoted to the campaign.
If your organization would like to partner with LCAM 2018, please contact Kristin.Schultz@iaslc.org. Thank you to our partners who have recently joined the campaign, including ALK Positive and the Marie Keating Foundation.
We would like to also thank the following 2018 sponsors: Bristol-Myers Squibb, Lilly Oncology, Merck, AMGEN, Genentech, AstraZeneca, Novartis, AbbVie and Takeda.
The Lung Cancer Registry – OPEN for Patient Participation
The Lung Cancer Registry was started by the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation and hopes to build a comprehensive data repository to help researchers and clinicians better identify and understand the complexities of this disease. Patients and/or caregivers on behalf of patients can participate. The IASLC is a contributing partner for this initiative. Learn more about how you can help.
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