Dear Friends and Supporters of STM,
On behalf of my fellow members of STM Governing Council and meeting Planning Committee, it is my distinct pleasure to invite you to join us for our 34th Annual Meeting in Cancún, Mexico at the CasaMagna Marriott Cancún Resort, April 29 – May 2, 2017. The conference is shaping up to feature an outstanding line-up of the world’s thought leaders and prominent researchers presenting cutting-edge developments in biology, physics, engineering, and clinical applications of thermal medicine.
Several meeting sessions will be disease specific to attract participation by clinicians from around the world. These sessions will highlight the latest results of Phase III clinical trials combining hyperthermia with radiation or chemotherapy to treat breast, cervical, liver, brain, and pediatric cancers. Immunotherapy, one of the most exciting developments in clinical management of cancer, will be featured in special symposia with presentations by leading clinicians and researchers. Other sessions will be technology oriented, to focus on existing and emerging technologies in thermal medicine. Focused ultrasound, laser, and microwave device innovations to deliver heat energy for disease management will be featured. One of our most exciting and rapidly growing technology-focus areas is nanotechnology. We have sessions highlighting the latest developments in nanotechnology and nanobiotechnology applied to imaging and therapy of cancer with thermal medicine. Nanothermometry, another cutting-edge innovative technology area will have its own special symposium. We view “thermal medicine” as a continuum encompassing many fields of science and technology from cryotherapy, hyperthermia, and thermal ablation, which includes heat directed drug delivery and immunotherapy. The program will reflect this perspective.
Another objective of the 34th Annual Meeting is to highlight the growing global penetration of scientific and clinical applications of thermal medicine. The location and key invited speakers for the 34th Annual Meeting were carefully chosen to emphasize scientific exchange among the Americas, Europe, and Asia. Our roster of invited speakers includes prominent clinicians and leading experts in biology, medicine, engineering, and nanotechnology from countries in Europe, Asia, South and North America.
We look forward to seeing you in Cancún!
Robert Ivkov, PhD
Program Chair, President-Elect, Society for Thermal Medicine