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Program Objectives

The over-arching objective of the 3rd International Symposium on Ovarian Cancer is to facilitate interaction among researchers, clinicians and advocates in order to expand our understanding of and research in the underlying mechanisms in ovarian cancer, with a focus on applying that knowledge to prevention, early detection and treatment of the disease and its recurrence.

In addition to the scientific sessions, this program includes two educational sessions aimed at providing women, family members and primary care clinicians with the latest information on integrative and complementary approaches to whole-person and family care. These sessions will not only be informational, they will also provide a forum to meet and share ideas.

The theme of both the scientific and educational sessions in 2012 will be molecular mechanisms and personalized medicine.

At the conclusion of the symposium participants should:

  1. have a greater understanding of the underlying molecular, biologic, and genetic mechanisms involved in ovarian cancer development and how these mechanisms can be targets for prevention and detection of the disease and its recurrence;
  2. be familiar with emerging chemoprevention and recurrence-prevention agents and approaches aimed at specific molecular and biologic targets;
  3. be familiar with immunotherapies and vaccines for the treatment of ovarian cancer;
  4. understand the impact of ovarian cancer on the well-being of women and their families;
  5. garner a greater understanding of ways to improve quality of life for women and families faced with ovarian cancer; and
  6. understand the role of “personalized medicine” in prevention, treatment and research;

Continuing Medical Education (CME) Credits

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 14.5 AMA PRA Category 1™ credits. Each physician should only claim credits commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Other health care professionals are awarded 1.4 continuing education units (CEUs) which are equal to 14.5 contact hours.

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